Local, not national, issues at play in Tuesday voting

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Big judgments about the direction of the country will have to wait on this Election Day as voters around the country express opinions on a couple of governors' races, several mayoral races and a host of local issues.

From ballot initiatives to mayor's races, these off-year elections will shed virtually no light on how the American public feels about today's two biggest national debates - spending and health care. Those will have to be addressed in next fall's midterm elections.

While most of the issues on Tuesday's jurisdictional ballots are bonds and budget overrides, voters in Phoenix will fill two City Council seats, neither of which has an incumbent.

In District 4, it's Justin Johnson, son of former Mayor Paul Johnson, versus Laura Pastor, daughter of U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor.

In District 8, Kate Gallego, wife of state Rep. Ruben Gallego, is running against civil-rights leader Rev. Warren Stewart.

While both races are close, the District 8 race has become contentious with the race card coming into play.

Most Arizona polling places are open until 7 p.m. Some districts, however, are only accepting mail-in ballots.

Resource: Jurisdictional Election Results - Nov. 5, 2013

Resource: Polling place locator