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Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2008 9:19 pm | Updated: 9:58 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Scottsdale voters will be asked to choose a mayor and three City Council members Tuesday, with Mayor Mary Manross seeking her third term in a race against Councilman Jim Lane, and eight candidates vying for open council seats.

Voter’s Guide: Find your polling place and search for candidates, http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/section/local/election

Manross, who has been a councilwoman and mayor for the past 16 years, has run a campaign highlighting Scottsdale's downtown investment and revitalization, the city's high bond rating and the need to finish the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Lane's campaign has slammed Manross for not advocating openness and transparency in government, for not being honest about the costs of completing the preserve and for what Lane says are bad decisions that have cost the city millions of dollars.

In the council race, two incumbents are part of the eight-person race for three seats. Candidates must receive more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday to win a seat, otherwise a runoff will be held in November.

Six Republicans are on the ballot in the 5th Congressional District primary with the winner to face Democratic Rep. Harry Mitchell, who seeks his second term.

In the county attorney race, Democrats Gerald Richard and Tim Nelson are competing to see who will face Republican County Attorney Andrew Thomas in November.

The assessor's race features two Republicans - current assessor Keith Russell and former assessor Kevin Ross.

In the Arizona Corporation Commission race, eight Republicans and four Democrats are on the primary ballot.

In the Legislature, there are no competitive primaries in District 8 and District 11 races, which combined cover parts of east Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.

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