Sinema claims victory over Schapira, Cherny in Democrat CD9 race - East Valley Tribune: Tempe

Sinema claims victory over Schapira, Cherny in Democrat CD9 race

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Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 8:33 pm | Updated: 10:45 pm, Tue Aug 28, 2012.

With unofficial results in, it looks like former State Sen. Kyrsten Sinema will be on the November ballot for Congressional District 9.

What’s still in question is who her opponent will be.

Sinema held 42 percent of the vote Tuesday over Senate Minority Leader David Schapira of Tempe and former state Democratic Party chairman Andrei Cherny.

“I want to congratulate my opponents and their supporters on a hard-fought race. I know how hard they have worked and I respect the time and energy they’ve put into fighting for their beliefs. We have many beliefs in common, and first among them is that this Congress needs to change,” Sinema stated in a release Tuesday night.

Sinema earned 42 percent of the vote Tuesday — with 96 percent of precincts reporting.

The crowded GOP race for newly formed Congressional District 9 was down to former Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker, former Chandler City Councilman Martin Sepulveda and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers.

As of 9:50 p.m. Tuesday and with 96 percent of precincts reporting, Parker held a slight lead with 23 percent of the vote. Sepulveda and Rogers were in a tight race for second, each with about 20 percent of the vote.

Official results may not be in for several days.

The history of CD9 is brief, but controversial with questions surrounding its formation, legal action, more legal action and then nearly a dozen names on ballots for the two races Tuesday.

Just prior to the election, Capitol Media Services reported that attorneys for the Republican-controlled Legislature filed arguments with the federal courts that the 2000 ballot measure that created the Independent Redistricting Commission is unconstitutional.

Congressional District 9 includes most of Tempe, along with small parts of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Mesa and Chandler. Arizona gained another seat in Congress with its recent population growth.

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