Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath and three Town Council members appear headed for re-election.
With an unknown number of ballots and provisional ballots left to count Tuesday night, Hiremath held a prohibitive 3-2 lead.
Hiremath was challenged by Patrick Straney.
Donald Bristow sought to unseat one of three incumbents on the Town Council: Joe Hornat, Mary Snider and Lou Waters. The three incumbents were solidly ahead late Tuesday.
Because any candidate who gets more than half the votes in the primary is considered the winner, all the races could be decided with the primary results.
Hiremath said the election results show the town’s residents don’t want to listen to a “whiny minority” that distracts from the town’s forward momentum.
Straney and Bristow made the discord on the Council — including recall campaigns and divisive votes — a major issue in the race, and said in a series of debates that town residents wanted more unified, civil leadership.
They also criticized the incumbents for increasing the town’s utility tax during the recession with no plan for retiring the tax hike.
The incumbents, who were running as a slate, told success stories on the campaign trail.
They told of inheriting a $3 million deficit and turning it into a $1.7 million surplus, passing an open-space code for new housing and commercial projects, maintaining high-quality police service, building the new aquatic center, and making progress on a central park.
Oro Valley voters also overwhelmingly approved Proposition 414, the “home rule” option.
The option allows the town to set its own spending limits through its own budgeting process, rather than be constrained by a limit set by state law.
The issue comes up every four years, and Oro Valley voters have approved the home rule option every time they’ve had the opportunity to do so since 1982.