Democrat Sandra Kennedy and Republican candidate Justin Olson are the apparent winner of the ACC Election; thousands of votes still remain to be counted

  • As you may remember, two-of-five Arizona Corporation Commission seats were on the ballot in the General Election held on Tuesday: The seats currently held by Chairman Tom Forese (R) and Commissioner Justin Olson (R). The candidates running for the two seats were: Republicans Justin Olson and Rodney Glassman and Democrats Sandra Kennedy and Kiana Sears.
  • Democrat Sandra Kennedy declared victory Tuesday, Nov. 13th with 25.59%. Republican candidate Justin Olson is closely behind Kennedy with 25.31% of the votes. Candidate Glassman has 25.20% of the votes and Candidate Sears has about 23.90% of the votes. See the unofficial tally from the Arizona Secretary of State’s office here. Thousands of votes still remain to be counted as of late Thursday, Nov. 15th. 

Renewable energy ballot initiative fails (Proposition 127)

  • As you may remember, Proposition 127 would have required the state’s regulated utilities to achieve 50% renewable energy by 2030; and was considered by voters on the November ballot.
  • The initiative failed by a 70-30 vote. You can see the unofficial tally from the Arizona Secretary of State’s office here.
  • In response to the initiative’s failure, Pinnacle West – the parent company of Arizona Public Service (APS) – which opposed the initiative released this statement saying it wants to, “Continue the conversation with Arizonans about clean energy and identify specific opportunities for APS to build energy infrastructure that will position Arizona for the future.”
  • Notably, a similar ballot initiative in Nevada (Question 6) passed by a ~60-40 vote. Read more here.

Jonathan Nez wins Navajo Nation Presidential election. The Navajo Nation Council will have 15 new delegates.

  • The Navajo Nation election results can be accessed here.
  • Jonathan Nez won the presidential election. In addition, the Navajo Nation Council will have 15 new delegates (~2/3 of its members).

AriSEIA thanks Ellen Zuckerman from SWEEP for sharing her report!