Scottsdale, Arizona municipal elections, 2014
2014 Elections By Date
Arlington • Austin • Bakersfield
Chandler • Chesapeake
Chula Vista • Corpus Christi
Fremont • Fresno • Garland
Gilbert • Glendale • Honolulu
Irvine • Irving • Laredo
Lexington • Long Beach
Louisville • Lubbock • Mesa
New Orleans • Newark • Norfolk
Oakland • Oklahoma City
Orlando • Portland • Reno
Sacramento • San Antonio
San Diego • San Francisco
San Jose • Santa Ana
Scottsdale • Stockton • Tulsa
|Note: Cities listed in this box are those among the 100 largest in the United States that are holding elections in 2014.|
Three of the six council seats are up for election. Because no candidate received a majority of the total votes in the primary election, the top six candidates will proceed to the general election. Incumbents Linda Milhaven and Dennis Robbins will face Cindy Hill, Kathy Littlefield, Jennifer Petersen and David N. Smith.
- August 26 Primary election candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
|Scottsdale City Council, 2014|
|Linda Milhaven Incumbent||16.1%||17,224|
|Dennis Robbins Incumbent||14%||14,976|
|David N. Smith||13.8%||14,830|
|Source: City of Scottsdale Official 2014 Election Results|
As November approaches, key issues in Scottsdale's 2014 election cycle have begun to emerge. Below, Ballotpedia highlights what they are and how they are impacting the city's 2014 municipal elections.
One issue in the Scottsdale 2014 elections concerns campaign financing. In early October, AZcentral.com released a report showing that a nonprofit organization called Scottsdale Strong Inc. contributed almost $100,000 to a political action committee called Scottsdale United in support of select city council candidates in Scottsdale's August 26 primary. Such contributions are commonly referred to as "dark money," because the group originally responsible for these funds, Scottsdale Strong Inc., - 501(c)4 organization - is not legally obligated to disclose its donors.
"Dark money" has become a frequent topic of discussion amongst Scottsdale's 2014 municipal candidates. Some, such as Cindy Hill, Kathy Littlefield, Jennifer Petersen and David N. Smith have spoken out against dark money in local elections. Hill, for example, said, "Dark money is cowardly and, by its very nature, is dishonest because it hides the people behind it." Others, such as council incumbent Dennis Robbins and Linda Milhaven were somewhat less critical. Milhaven noted, "These independent campaigns are run by people in our community, so I think we can hardly call them outsiders."
Another issues has been the revitalization of the McDowell Corridor, described as an "8-square mile area which spans McDowell Road from Pima Road west to Phoenix, and includes surrounding neighborhoods north to Osborn Road and south to the City limits." The area has historically been a major factor in Scottsdale's economy, but it has recently fallen into a state of decline. In September, the city announced a series of meetings aimed at forming a plan to revitalize the corridor.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Scottsdale + Arizona + election"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- City of Scottsdale, "Official candidate list," accessed June 25, 2014
- AZcentral.com, "Candidates headed for runoff in Scottsdale," August 27, 2014
- AZcentral.com, "Anonymous donors fuel Scottsdale election," October 4, 2014
- City of Scottsdale, "McDowell Corridor," accessed on October 8, 2014
- Arizona Newszap, "City: Scottsdale McDowell Corridor needs resident vision," September 12, 2014