The 2022 primary election in Cave Creek is Tuesday, Aug. 2, and The Foothills Focus has created a brief profile of each candidate.

In this election, there is one seat open for mayor and six seats for council members.

Those elected will serve two-year terms from Dec. 5, 2022, to Dec. 2, 2024.

Robert (Bob) Morris and Eileen Wright are running for mayor, and both have experience in Cave Creek committees, commissions and town council.

Out of the six seats available for town council members, 12 candidates are running — more than usual for a Cave Creek election. Of those 12 candidates, several have previously served or are serving on council.

Hot debate topics for this year’s election have centered around issues such as water conservation, town spending/financing, future growth and development, and transparency from town government.

The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 2. Ballots are mailed (if requested) and early voting begins on July 6.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. On Election Day, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The last day to register to vote in the general election is Tuesday, Oct. 11. Voter registration forms can be obtained from the Cave Creek Town Hall or the Maricopa County recorder’s office. Online registration is also available at maricopa.gov. More information about the election, including answers to FAQ’s can be found at cavecreekaz.gov.

 

The 2022 primary election in Carefree is Tuesday, Aug. 2, when residents will vote on the town’s mayor, six council members and three propositions.

Proposition 472 would require supermajority council vote and voter ratification for development to take place on town-owned land deemed “open space/recreation” and would prohibit the use of eminent domain to develop privately-owned land designated as “open space/recreation.” This would be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2021, and the town would be responsible for the cost of restoring property. If this proposition is passed, Carefree would be required to remove the underground water storage reservoir currently under construction in an open space owned by the Boulders homeowners association and pay to return the land to the way it was before.

The other two propositions being voted on are both regarding term limits. Proposition 473 would limit a person to being elected or appointed to council or mayor for more than two, two-year terms, including terms served prior. Proposition 474 would limit a person from being elected or appointed to council or mayor for more than two consecutive four-year terms. For those who served two consecutive four-year terms, they would not be eligible to hold office again until four years have passed.

There are two candidates running for mayor — current mayor John Crane and Peter Sample. There are 11 candidates running for the six available town council seats, several of which are incumbents.

The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 2. Ballots are mailed (if requested) and early voting begins on July 6.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. The last day to register to vote in the general election is Monday, Oct. 10. Early ballots can be cast starting on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Voter registration forms can be obtained by contacting the town clerk’s office or at the Maricopa County recorder’s office. Online registration is also available at maricopa.gov. More information about the election, including answers to FAQs can be found at carefree.org.