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Posted: Friday, May 15, 2009 5:43 pm | Updated: 12:39 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

With the exception of tiny Guadalupe, Gilbert is the only East Valley community holding an election on Tuesday.

Residents who haven't already turned in a early ballot will be able to vote for mayor and fill two Town Council seats if they go to the polls. There were 13,649 ballots that had been mailed in or cast at the Town Clerk's office by the end of the day Thursday.

There are 104,739 registered voters in Gilbert, according to Maricopa County records, and 34,701 have requested early ballots, most of them through the state's new permanent early voter list.

The top vote-getters in the March 10 primary election are competing for the chance to sit on the council. New members will have a rough start when they're seated in June because they will have to deal with an estimated $15 million budget shortfall over the next four to five years.

In the mayor's race, John Lewis, who received 41 percent of the number of ballots cast in the primary, faces write-in candidate Glen Spencer. Town Councilman Don Skousen was the runner-up with 20 percent of the ballots cast, but withdrew from the race at the end of March citing his wife's health concerns. Incumbent Mayor Steve Berman finished third in the primary.

Councilwoman Joan Krueger, a business consultant, is Tuesday's sole incumbent after finishing first among seven council candidates in the primary. She won nearly 42 percent of ballots cast; she and Lewis would have needed more than 50 percent in order to win the seat outright in the primary.

Political newcomer Jenn Daniels, a stay-at-home mother of three, finished second with 36 percent of the ballots cast. She was followed by John Sentz, a consultant and Planning Commission member who got 34 percent, and Erin Scroggins, a textbook salesman and former teacher, who took 25 percent.

Campaign fundraising continued through the spring, with most candidates rolling over cash they had on hand from the primary into the general election. Lewis collected $7,550 from individuals and political action committees in April, according to his most recent campaign finance report. He spent $5,232 throughout the period.

Lewis, who is director of information technology for the Apollo Group, has run among the most expensive campaigns in Gilbert history, raising $69,740 in individual contributions and spending $80,881 since he launched his bid for office last December. Berman spent more than $83,000 on his 2005 re-election campaign, according to campaign committee documents posted on the town's Web site.

Spencer, the write-in candidate, filed a statement pledging he would not spend more than $500 on his campaign. He is exemptfrom having to file campaign finance reports.

In the council race, Daniels raised $4,320 from individuals in April, and spent $8,303 during the month.

Krueger raised $415, most of it coming from a $390 donation from the International Association of Firefighters. She spent $4,087.

Sentz reported raising $2,075 and spending $1,794 during April.

Scroggins raised $3,990 and spent $6,721 during that month.

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