Lane leads Manross in Scottsdale mayoral race
By Curtis Riggs | November 5, 2008
Up by 592 votes in unofficial total
SCOTTSDALE – After months of contentious campaigning, unofficial vote totals from the Nov. 4 election show City Councilman, and mayoral hopeful, Jim Lane is leading two-term Mayor Mary Manross by 592 votes.
Totals released Tuesday evening show Lane received 41,255 votes to Manross’ 40,663, each receiving approximately 50 percent of the votes cast for Scottsdale mayor.
Final vote totals should be available by Friday when Maricopa County Election officials plan to have all the early ballots, which were dropped off at the polls on Tuesday, counted.
Lane, a one-term City Councilman who gave up his council seat in the hope of defeating Manross, beat her by 367 votes in the Sept. 2 primary.
He said the gain in votes between early September and early November is due to a “certain amount of dissatisfaction with Mary.”
Lane and Manross have been trading jabs for months. He charged she has no real financial plan to deal with critical Scottsdale issues such as completing the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. She countered he had no clear vision for Scottsdale.
In the tight race for three open City Council seats, including the one vacated by Lane to run for mayor, Council incumbent Ron McCullagh beat five challengers to retain his seat, receiving 32,212 votes at press time. First-time Council challenger Lisa Borowsky came in second with 31,043 votes and businesswoman Suzanne Klapp finished third with 29,493 votes. Council incumbent Betty Drake was fourth with 28,579, Tom Giller received 22,822 votes and Nan Nesvig came in last with 19,749.
Top Photo: Jim Lane
Lower Photo: Mary Manross