2018–2019 Phoenix mayoral special election

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2018-2019 Phoenix mayoral special election

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  Kate Gallego by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Daniel Valenzuela by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Candidate Kate Gallego Daniel Valenzuela
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
First round vote 154,923 91,524
First round percentage 44.53% 26.31%
Runoff vote 72,726 51,241
Runoff percentage 58.67% 41.33%

  Nicholas Sarwark in Phoenix October 2016.jpg
Candidate Moses Sanchez Nicholas Sarwark
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
First round vote 64,938 36,530
First round percentage 18.66% 10.50%

Mayor before election

Thelda Williams (interim)
Republican

Elected Mayor

Kate Gallego
Democratic

The Phoenix mayoral special election, 2018–2019 was held to elect the new Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona. The election was officially nonpartisan; candidates ran on the same ballot. In the initial round of the election, since no candidate reached 50 percent plus one vote (as required by Phoenix City Charter), a runoff election was held between the top two finishers.[1]

In October 2017, then incumbent mayor Greg Stanton announced that he was running for United States Congress in District 9, which includes much of Phoenix.[2] Stanton resigned effective May 29, 2018, triggering a special election on November 6, 2018. The top two candidates from that election, Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela, both fell short of the required 50 percent of the vote, therefore the mayoral race was decided by a final runoff election on March 12, 2019, which Gallego won.[3]

Phoenix councilwoman Thelda Williams served as temporary mayor until Gallego took office.[3]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Not Qualified For Ballot[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Michael Lafferty, businessman (Independent)[11][12]

Declined[edit]

  • Sal DiCiccio, Phoenix City councilman, District 6 (Republican)
  • Michael Nowakowski, Phoenix City Councilman, District 7 (Democratic)[13]
  • Tom Simplot, former Phoenix City Councilman (Independent)[14]
  • Laura Pastor, Phoenix City councilman, District 4 (Democrat)[15]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Kate
Gallego
Michael
Nowakowski*
Laura
Pastor*
Daniel
Valenzuela
None of the
above
Undecided
Rose Law Group[16] October 12, 2017 517 ± 5.3% 8.9% 12.4% 14.9% 17.6% 22.1% 24%
  • *Denotes candidates who did not enter the race.

Endorsements[edit]

Nicholas Sarwark
U.S. Governors
US Representatives
City Council people
Individuals
  • Michael Langley, former candidate for city council in Phoenix[19]
  • Roy Miller, consultant[19]
Kate Gallego
Former Phoenix Mayors
  • Kenn Weise
Federal officials
State officials
Organizations
Moses Sanchez
Members of City Council
Organizations
Daniel Valenzuela
Former Phoenix Mayors
  • Phil Gordon
  • Skip Rimza
  • Paul Johnson
Current and former Phoenix City Councilmembers
  • Laura Pastor
  • Deb Stark
  • Claude Mattox
  • Peggy Neely
  • John Nelson
  • Maria Baier
Unions
  • AFSCME
  • Arizona Police Association
  • Arizona-American Federation of Teachers
  • United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 99
  • Teamsters Local 104
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 359
Arizona State Legislators
  • Secretary of State Katie Hobbs
  • Senator Lupe Contreras
  • Senator Sean Bowie
  • Senator Tony Navarette
  • Representative Diego Espinoza
  • Former Representative Mark Cardenas
  • Representative Richard Andrade[21]

Results[edit]

November 6, 2018 results [22]
Candidate Votes %
Kate Gallego 154,923 44.53
Daniel Valenzuela 91,524 26.31
Moses Sanchez 64,938 18.66
Nicholas Sarwark 36,530 10.50
Total votes 347,195 100.00
Runoff results [23]
Candidate Votes %
Kate Gallego 72,726 58.67%
Daniel Valenzuela 51,241 41.33%
Total votes 123,967 100.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton still hasn't resigned to run for Congress. So when's the election?". azcentral. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton announces run for Congress". azcentral. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  3. ^ a b The Associated Press (November 6, 2018). "AP: Phoenix mayor will be a runoff between Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela | Arizona Politics". azfamily.com. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Councilwoman Kate Gallego enters Phoenix mayoral race". azcentral. July 26, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  5. ^ Moses Sanchez, opinion contributor (February 13, 2018). "Phoenix mayor race: Why being an outsider is a good thing". Azcentral.com. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Editor, Paul Maryniak, AFN Executive. "Family more than a platform for mayor hopeful". Ahwatukee Foothills News. Retrieved July 18, 2018.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Harper, Jennifer (December 7, 2017). "Millions of millennials want a third party, and Libertarians could be just the ticket". The Washington Times. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  8. ^ Welch, Dennis (October 6, 2017). "Phoenix mayoral candidate says he won't quit his day job | Archives". azfamily.com. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Councilman Daniel Valenzuela announces he will run for Phoenix mayor". azcentral. Archived from the original on September 9, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  10. ^ Simard, Dylan (July 19, 2018). "Freemason and businessman Tim Seay joins Phoenix mayoral race". Downtown Devil. Phoenix, Arizona. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  11. ^ "Businessman Michael Lafferty ends Phoenix mayoral campaign". azcentral. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  12. ^ "Phoenix businessman and mayoral candidate hopes to fuel downtown growth". downtowndevil.com. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  13. ^ "Díaz: How Kyrsten Sinema's Senate bid unravels Phoenix City Hall". azcentral. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  14. ^ "Díaz: Is Phoenix's next mayor one of these men?". azcentral. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  15. ^ News, 12. "Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton resigning to run for Congress". Retrieved July 18, 2018.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  16. ^ "Race For Phoenix Mayor Wide Open" (PDF). Rose Law Group. November 2017.
  17. ^ Weld, Bill (April 11, 2018). "Proud To Endorse These Candidates". Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  18. ^ Sarwark, Nicholas [@NSarwark] (September 6, 2018). "'I am supporting Nicholas Sarwark for Mayor of Phoenix because I believe in his approach to fiscal responsibility, economic freedom, and individual liberty.' - Barry Goldwater Jr. Ready to Set Phoenix Free? Contribute at www.sarwarkforphoenix.com/donate #PHX #TeamSarwark #PhoenixMayor" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g Boehm, Jessica (October 24, 2018). "Phoenix mayor race: Everything you need to know before you vote". Arizona Republic. Phoenix, Arizona. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  20. ^ "Endorsements - Kate Gallego for Mayor of Phoenix". Kate Gallego for Phoenix Mayor. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  21. ^ "Endorsements - Daniel Valenzuela for Mayor of Phoenix". Daniel Valenzuela for Phoenix Mayor. Archived from the original on August 18, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  22. ^ "City Clerk Election Results English". Phoenix.gov. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  23. ^ "City Clerk Election Results English". Phoenix.gov. Retrieved November 16, 2018.

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