The 2020 presidential election will be remembered for razor-thin margins.
But in Glendale, voting on city measures was decidedly lopsided.
Voters approved the Glendale Unified High School District request for a $130 million bond by a wide margin, with 54% approving, yet soundly rejected four city bond measures totaling $187 million.
The largest of the requests was $87.2 million for a parks and recreation bond. This bond would have improved parks by updating playgrounds, restrooms and other infrastructures in need of restoration.
The city also requested an $81.5 million bond for street improvements, a $9.9 million bond for landfill and a $9.3 million bond for flood control and drainage.
Though city officials insisted the bonds would not raise taxes, voters did not buy the sales pitch. All four bonds lost, with a range of 54% to 61%.
Last year, Glendale voters shot down requests for city council and mayor raises by an even wider margin.
But, showing they are not against all things the city asks for, voters approved Glendale’s request for a franchise agreement with EPCOR Water. It easily passed, with 56% in favor.
In federal and state races, West Valley voters were kind to incumbents.
All congressional representatives from the West Valley were reelected.
In the 6th Congressional District, Glendale challenger Hiral Tipieneni—who raised $5 million as Democrats hoped to “flip” the district—saw an early lead fade as Republican David Schweikert took 52% of the votes to keep his seat.
In the 7th Congressional District, which includes parts of Tolleson and Glendale, Democrat Ruben Gallego dominated, taking 77% of the vote over challenger Joshua Barnett.
Republican Debbie Lesko successfully defended her seat in the 8th Congressional District, which includes parts of Avondale, Litchfield Park and Peoria. Lesko received 59% of the votes over Democrat challenger Michael Muscato.
In the 3rd Congressional District, which spans from Tucson to Goodyear, Raul Grijalva retained his seat, taking 58% of the vote over challenger Daniel Wood.
State Senate races in the West Valley were mostly lopsided.
Republican Paul Boyer of Glendale took 52% of the votes to successfully defend his Arizona Senate District 20 seat over Democrat Douglas Ervin.
While Rick Gray was unopposed in District 21, in District 22 incumbent David Livingston took 64% of the votes over Democrat challenger Sarah Tyree.
Democrat Martin Quezada defended his District 29 Arizona Senate seat by an even wider margin, taking 70% of the votes over Republican challenger John Wilson.
Races for West Valley representatives were quite a bit closer.
In District 20, Anthony Kern failed in his reelection try. Challenger Judy Schwiebert joins Shawnna Bolick, who was successful in her reelection bid. Schwiebert and Bolick received 34% of the votes, while Kern received 32% of votes.
In District 21, Kevin Payne (33%) was reelected but Kathy Knecht (31%) was beaten out by Bevery Pingerelli (36%).
In District 22, Frank Carroll and Ben Toma each received 32% of the vote, topping Wendy Garcia (19%) and Mary “Kathleen” Honne (17%).
In District 29, Cesar Chavez (38%) and Richard Andrade (31%) won reelection over Billy Bragg (16%) and Helen Fokszanskyj-Conti (15%).