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Meet the city council candidates in metro Phoenix

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More than 100 candidates are working for mayor and council in 20 cities and cities throughout metro Phoenix.

The positions carry affect as regionally elected leaders decide spending and priorities for police and fireplace departments, highway initiatives, parks and recreation and efforts to land employers and develop jobs. 

City leaders additionally play a task in crafting and imposing requirements for the way land is developed and the way water is managed. 

In some cities, voters elect council members by geographic district to unfold illustration all through the city. Others elect council members at massive, or to signify the total city. No matter the city, the mayor is elected at massive.

City-elected leaders serve four-year phrases with a number of exceptions. Carefree and Cave Creek go along with two-year phrases for mayor and council. Fountain Hills and Paradise Valley go along with two-year phrases for mayor and four-year phrases for council. 

The races could possibly be determined in the Aug. 2 election or go to a Nov. 8 runoff election if candidates do not safe the required variety of votes this summer time.  

Peoria is an outlier in that the city will forgo the August election and solely maintain a November election since not more than two candidates certified for the poll in any of its races. 

Click in your city to see who will likely be in your poll and examine again for updates as we transfer nearer to Election Day. 

Avondale | Buckeye | Carefree | Cave Creek | Chandler | El MirageFountain HillsGilbert | Glendale | Goodyear | Litchfield Park | Mesa | Paradise Valley | Peoria | PhoenixScottsdale | Surprise | TempeTolleson | Youngtown  

Avondale’s election affords no competitors as three candidates are working for 3 open seats on the City Council. There will likely be one new member as Bryan Kilgore confronted time period limits and couldn’t run once more. 

At-large council

  • Tina Conde, incumbent: She was first appointed to the council in 2017.  Conde works as a Realtor.
  • Curtis Nielson, incumbent: He was first elected in 2017. Nielson beforehand labored in the copper business. 
  • Max White: She retired from Bank of America in 2020 after 23 years in the monetary companies business. White serves on the city’s Board of Adjustments and Neighborhood and Family Commission. 

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Avondale. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to reporter Maritza Dominguez at [email protected] 

Buckeye

No one challenged the three incumbents up for reelection in Buckeye, the city approaching 100,000 residents southwest of Phoenix.

The three incumbents on Buckeye City Council face no competition in the Aug. 2 election.
The three incumbents on Buckeye City Council face no competitors in the Aug. 2 election.
Drake Presto/The Republic

District 4

  • Patrick HagEstad, incumbent: First elected in 2018. HagEstad is an legal professional and managing companion at HagEstad Law Group.

District 5

  • Craig Heustis, incumbent: Seeks a fourth time period on the council. He labored 25 years at Anheuser-Busch. 

District 6 

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Buckeye. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to reporter Maritza Dominguez at [email protected] 

Carefree

Carefree voters will elect a mayor and 6 council members, who will serve two-year phrases. Mayor Les Peterson is just not in search of reelection.  

Mayor  

  • John Crane: He has lived in Carefree for greater than 30 years and was appointed to the Town Council in 2012 and elected in 2013. He serves as vice mayor. Crane has expertise on quite a few boards and commissions and owns a business working in gross sales for semiconductor materials and tools suppliers.
  • Peter Sample: He moved to Carefree in 2015 from California. In all, Sample has lived 17 years in Arizona. He owns Audiosample Inc., which does audio manufacturing and tools rental for tv and movie, and Carefree Investment Consulting, an funding company.

Council  

  • Sheila Amoroso
  • Vince D’Aliesio, incumbent: He was first elected to the council in 2018. D’Aliesio has labored as a highschool and faculty soccer coach and insurance coverage dealer.  
  • Tony Geiger, incumbent: He was first elected to the council in 2020. Before retiring, he began and bought two small advertising and marketing corporations serving the infrastructure market in Arizona.   
  • Glenn Grossman: He owns an insurance coverage company in Cave Creek. 
  • Stephen Hatcher, incumbent: He has served on the Town Council since not less than 2018. He is a mechanical engineer who completed his career at Boeing.
  • Michael Johnson, incumbent: He was appointed to Town Council final year. He was an accountant and spent most of his 40-year career serving as chief monetary officer and controller in technology startups and public corporations.
  • Cheryl Kroyer, incumbent: She was first elected to the Town Council in 2016. Kroyer is retired after working greater than 40 years in the promoting business.
  • Kathlina Lai
  • Sven Maric
  • Gene Orrico: He served on the Town Council from 2015 to 2020. He is retired and volunteers at Kiwanis Club of Carefree, the place he has served as president and different roles. 
  • Duke Vukotic: He is an airline pilot and flight teacher. Vukotic serves on the city’s SkyRanch Airport Community Relations Committee. This is his first run for office. 

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Carefree. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to reporter Sam Kmack at [email protected]

Cave Creek

Cave Creek voters will decide a mayor and 6 Town Council members. The city is assured not less than one new council member as Paul Diefenderfer resigned Feb. 28. The council was anticipated to nominate somebody on April 18 to serve by means of December when the high candidate in the August election or November runoff will fill the seat.

Mayor 

  • Bob Morris: He was first elected to the Town Council in 2018. Morris is a chemical engineer.  
  • Eileen Wright: She is a former Town Council member. Wright lost her bids for mayor in 2018 and 2020. She has served on the city’s Planning Commission.

Council 

  • Tom Augherton: He was first elected to the Town Council in 1993 and appointed as mayor in 1996. He was elected mayor in 1997 and served till 1999. More not too long ago, he lost his bid for a seat on the council in 2018. Augherton additionally served on the city’s Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment in the Nineties.
  • Ernie Bunch: He has served as mayor since his election in 2016 and served on the Town Council earlier than that, first elected in 2005. He is the president of B. Bunch Co., which manufactures tags, kinds and different paper merchandise.  
  • Susan Clancy
  • Paul Eelkema: He has served on Cave Creek’s Planning Commission since 2019.
  • Charles (CW) Jensen: He labored 24 years in the Portland Police Bureau. After retiring as captain, he was a TV reporter for KGW in Portland for 3 years. Jensen has labored in actual property and bought transportable police barricade programs and has participated in cop exhibits and acted in performs and flicks. He volunteers with  the Cave Creek Tourism Bureau and that is his second run for Town Council.
  • Katya Kincel: She is retired, however constructed a career as a course of engineer in the semiconductor business. This is Kincel’s first bid for public office.
  • Anna Marsolo: She labored 40 years as a registered nurse, actual property dealer and business proprietor.  
  • Thomas McGuire, incumbent: He has served 14 years on the Town Council, from 2005 to 2009 and from 2012 till now. In 2009, he tied with challenger Adam Trenk and the winner was determined with a deck of playing cards. McGuire drew the low card and lost. He is a retired science instructor.
  • David Smith, incumbent: He was first elected to the Town Council in 2016. Smith has served on the city’s Budget Committee, Water Advisory Committee and Planning Commission.  
  • Bryan (Dusty) Rhoades: He spent 40 years managing personnel and packages for the U.S. Marine Corps and the federal authorities. He retired as a colonel, who served in the infantry and intelligence divisions. Rhoades is part-owner of a consulting company that helps the Department of Defense. 
  • Kathryn Royer, incumbent: She was first elected to Town Council in 2018. Before that, Royer labored in the communications subject.  
  • Ron Sova, incumbent: He was first elected in 2016. Sova has constructed a career in development.  

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Cave Creek. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to reporter Sam Kmack at [email protected]

Chandler

Chandler residents will see a competitive mayoral race for the first time in 16 years. And six candidates are working for 3 City Council seats which can be up for grabs. At least two new council members will likely be elected as Terry Roe and René Lopez couldn’t run once more as a result of time period limits. 

Mayor

  • Kevin Hartke, incumbent: He seeks a second time period as mayor. Hartke has lived in the city since 1985 and was the lead pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship. He was elected to the council in 2008 and served two phrases earlier than being elected mayor in 2018.
  • Ruth Jones: She moved to Chandler two years in the past from Clearfield, Utah, the place she served on the city’s planning fee and unsuccessfully ran for city council.

At-large council 

  • Angel Encinas: He is a small-business proprietor who manages an immigration consulting agency and actual property business. Encinas was raised downtown, the place he nonetheless lives, and is a second-generation Chandler resident.
  • Darla Gonzalez: She is the grassroots director for the Arizona Free Enterprise Club and has lived in Chandler since 2004.
  • Cody Hannah: He is working as a write-in candidate. 
  • Matt Orlando, incumbent: He seeks a sixth time period on the City Council. Orlando was on the council from 1990 to 1998 and from 2004 to 2013. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired from Honeywell.
  • Jane Poston: She is a longtime Chandler resident who as soon as labored for the city and is a small-business proprietor who runs J2Media along with her husband. 
  • Farhana Shifa: She is the former chair of the Arizona Republican Party’s Asian American Coalition and is a small-business proprietor who operates an artwork academy.

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Chandler. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to Chandler reporter Sasha Hupka at [email protected].

Five candidates are running for three Chandler City Council seats in the Aug 2 election.
Five candidates are working for 3 Chandler City Council seats in the Aug 2 election.
The Republic
El Mirage

El Mirage ought to see a quiet election season this year, as neither the mayor nor the three incumbent City Council members will face any challengers. 

Mayor 

  • Alexis Hermosillo, incumbent: She was elected mayor as a political newcomer in 2018, unseating two-term Mayor Lana Mook. Hermosillo is a pursuing a doctorate diploma in organizational management at Grand Canyon University and beforehand labored with Citizens Climate Lobby. 

Council  

  • Monica Dorcey, incumbent: She is serving as vice mayor. Dorcey was first elected in August 2018. She beforehand served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission and Judicial Review Committee. She retired from Farmer’s Insurance after practically 4 many years. 
  • Anita Norton, incumbent: She was appointed to the council in 2017 and elected in 2018. Norton is chair of the MAG Regional Domestic Violence Council. Norton owns Arizona Horseriding Adventures and is an authorized therapeutic horse using teacher. Norton is an alternate member for Maricopa County Development Advisory Committee.
  • Donna Winston, incumbent: She was first elected to the council in 2018. Winston is a scholar companies analyst at Maricopa County Community Colleges and a marriage planner. 

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Glendale. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to reporter Taylor Seely at [email protected] 

Gilbert 

Gilbert voters will resolve on 4 Town Council seats. The city of some 270,000 residents southeast of Phoenix expects to hit inhabitants buildout in the coming years, which implies leaders will steer the neighborhood by means of infrastructure, development and quality-of-life points. 

Two incumbents, Laurin Hendrix and Aimee Yentes, opted to not run for reelection.

At-large council

  • Chuck Bongiovanni: He is the CEO and co-founder of a senior residential dwelling franchise and sits on the board of administrators for the Arizona Assisted Living Homes Association.
  • Bobbi Buchli: She is an actual property dealer.  
  • Michael Clark: He has a background in the hospitality business and owns his personal gross sales company.
  • Mario Chicas: He is a former Drug Enforcement Agency agent, who immigrated to the U.S. along with his household from El Salvador.
  • Garrett Glover: He is a write-in candidate, who as a excessive schooler in 2019 labored with Republican state lawmaker Warren Petersen to make lemonade Arizona’s official drink. He not too long ago graduated with a political science diploma from Arizona State University.
  • Yung Koprowski, incumbent: She is an engineer who was appointed to the Town Council in 2020 and seeks her first election.
  • Bus Obayomi: He is a business and administration guide who ran for Town Council in 2020.
  • Scott September, incumbent. He was appointed to the Town Council in 2020 and is in search of his first election to the seat. September works for Crown Castle International.
  • Bill Spence: He was appointed to the council in 2020, however lost his election bid later that year. Spence is a retired Naval lieutenant commander and nuclear engineering officer. 
  • Jim Torgeson: He owns a customized signal store and has filed to run for Town Council in the previous.

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Gilbert. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to reporter Maritza Dominguez at [email protected] 

Glendale

No one filed to run in opposition to the three incumbents in Glendale, the largest city in the metro area west of Phoenix with about 250,000 residents. 

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Glendale City Council's three incumbents face no challengers in the Aug. 2 election.
Glendale City Council’s three incumbents face no challengers in the Aug. 2 election.
Nick Oza/The Republic

Ocotillo District 

  • Jamie Aldama, incumbent: Aldama was first elected in 2014 and is serving as vice mayor this year. 

Cholla District:

  • Lauren Tolmachoff, incumbent: Tolmachoff was first elected in 2014. She additionally sits on the board of administrators at Valley Metro Regional Public Transit Authority. Tolmachoff works as a Realtor. 

Barrel District:

  • Bart Turner, incumbent: He was first elected in 2014. Turner beforehand served as president of the Glendale Historical Society and Glendale Arts Council and chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Glendale. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to reporter Taylor Seely at [email protected] 

Goodyear

Goodyear voters will select a mayor and three council members. Joe Pizzillo was appointed interim mayor in December after the dying of Mayor Georgia Lord. He will face write-in candidate Carlita Cotton in his bid to maintain the publish.

Five candidates, together with two incumbents, are working for the three council seats. Councilmember Patrick Bray, who was appointed in February to fill Pizzillo’s council seat after he became mayor, is just not in search of election.

Goodyear's appointed interim mayor will try to hold on to his seat as he faces a write-in candidate.
Goodyear’s appointed interim mayor will attempt to maintain on to his seat as he faces a write-in candidate.
Darryl Webb/Special for the Republic

Mayor

  • Joe Pizzillo, incumbent: First elected to the City Council in 2008 after he retired as the city’s finances supervisor the similar year. He is an adjunct professor instructing accounting and finance at Estrella Mountain Community College, Grand Canyon University and Park University. 
  • Carlita Cotton: She is working as a write-in candidate. Cotton owns a number of companies, together with Premium Business Consulting LLC, a health-care consulting company; Distinguished Concierge, an errand service; and Your Way, which gives ATMs at The Mercado and Phoenix Marketplace to extend entry to banking companies.

At-large council

  • Benita Beckles: She attends Goodyear’s Faith and Community Roundtable and the city’s Goodyear’s Community Action Network, a bunch the police chief labored with the neighborhood to create in the aftermath of George Floyd’s homicide. The group consists of police, residents and neighborhood leaders and goals to open the traces of communications between police and the neighborhood. She participated in the city’s Leadership Enrichment and Development course. Beckles labored 9 years as an HR analyst for Phoenix. 
  • Wally Campbell, incumbent:  She was first elected to the council in 2011. Campbell serves on a number of state and native boards and commissions, akin to Friends of the Library-Goodyear department. 
  • Tamara Floyd: She serves on the city’s Faith and Community Roundtable steering committee and participates in the Community Action Network. She participated in city coaching packages, together with the Leadership Enrichment and Development course. Floyd works as a senior program coordinator selling early childhood training for the University of Arizona.  
  • Vicki Gillis: She has labored as a political fundraiser targeted on elevating money for police and fireplace departments. She owned a political fundraising company known as Select Event, LLC in Washington and has organized marketing campaign fundraising occasions for former state lawmaker Steve Smith and Maricopa County Sheriff candidate Jerry Sheridan. 
  • Brannon Hampton, incumbent: He was first elected to the council in 2017 and is the present vice mayor. He works as a monetary adviser with Edward Jones funding company. 

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Goodyear. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to reporter Maritza Dominguez at [email protected] 

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Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills voters will elect a mayor and three council members.  

Mayor

  • Joe Arpaio: He served as Maricopa County sheriff for twenty-four years, from 1993 to 2017. He was discovered responsible of legal contempt of courtroom in 2017, though former President Donald Trump pardoned him. He lost his bids for sheriff in 2016, for the U.S. Senate in 2018 and for sheriff once more in 2020.  
  • Ginny Dickey, incumbent: She was first elected mayor in 2018 and served two phrases on the Town Council, from 2007 to 2015. She has labored as a banker, a bookkeeper and a part-time instructor.  

At-large council

  • Cindy Couture: She is retired however labored as an English and American literature instructor for the Fountain Hills Unified School District from 2004 to 2015.  
  • Brenda Kalivianakis: She graduated from regulation college and serves as a divisional employees officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.  
  • Allen Skillicorn: He is a former two-term Illinois state consultant. The Center Square, an Illinois-based publication, reported that he resigned from the Legislature in January 2021 and moved to Arizona. Prior to coming into politics, he labored in advertising and marketing and promoting. 
  • Hannah Toth: She owns a small occasion planning business, Athlete’s Story, and is a member of the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce. She additionally works as an govt assistant for Arizona Women of Action, a conservative political motion committee.  

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Glendale. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to reporter Sam Kmack at [email protected]

Litchfield Park

There’s no competitors in Litchfield Park’s races, though there will likely be one new council member as Tom Rosztoczy didn’t search reelection.

One new council member will be elected to the Litchfield Park City Council as Tom Rosztoczy did not seek reelection.
One new council member will likely be elected to the Litchfield Park City Council as Tom Rosztoczy didn’t search reelection.
Litchfield Park

Mayor

  • Thomas Schoaf, incumbent:  He was first elected mayor in 2006. Schoaf was previously the president of an area manufacturing business headquartered in Goodyear.

At-large council

  • Paul Faith, incumbent: He was first appointed to the council in 2004. Faith works as an actual property specialist legal professional and is senior companion at the regulation agency of Faith, Ledyard, & Faith, PLC.
  • Justin James: He has served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission for 3 years. He works remotely from his Litchfield Park dwelling as a director of gross sales for a refrigerated trucking company based mostly in Utah.
  • Lisa Brainard Watson, incumbent: She was first elected in 2018. Watson is a retired instructor in the Litchfield and Agua Fria college districts.   

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Glendale. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to reporter Maritza at [email protected]

Mesa

Mesa voters will resolve on candidates to supervise development in Arizona’s third-largest city. At least two new council members are assured as District 5 Councilmember David Luna and District 6 Councilmember Kevin Thompson are not in search of reelection. Luna has reached the restrict of two consecutive phrases on the council and Thompson seeks a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission.

At least one new Mesa City Council member is guaranteed as District 6 Councilmember Kevin Thompson is not seeking reelection.
At least one new Mesa City Council member is assured as District 6 Councilmember Kevin Thompson is just not in search of reelection.
Maria Polletta/The Republic

District 4 (downtown Mesa):

  • Jenn Duff, incumbent: Duff was first elected to the City Council in 2018 and serves as vice mayor.
  • Trista Guzman Glover: She previously served as director of the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions.
  • Nathaniel Ross: He is an Arizona State University scholar.

District 5 (northeast Mesa):

  • Alicia Goforth: She is an legal professional and a former member of the Las Sendas board of administrators.

District 6 (southeast Mesa):

  • Scott Somers: He is a U.S. Air Force veteran who was first elected to the Mesa City Council in 2006 and served till 2015. Somers is a professor of apply at Arizona State University.
  • Darla Trendler: She is the co-owner of the used automobile dealership Red Mountain Motors and the host of a non secular podcast.

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Mesa. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to reporter Maritza Dominguez at [email protected] 

Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley voters will elect a mayor and three council members.  

Mayor  

  • Jerry Bien-Willner, incumbent: He was first elected mayor in 2018 and served on the Town Council from 2015 to 2018. He was on the city’s Planning Commission from 2012 to 2014.  
  • Julie Pace: She was first elected to the Town Council in 2011 and has served two phrases. Pace is a labor legal professional at regulation agency Messner Reeves. 

At-large council 

  • Ellen Andeen, incumbent: She was first elected in 2018 and seeks a second time period on the Town Council. Before being elected, Andeen volunteered with the Paradise Valley Police Department. She has greater than 25 years expertise in banking and finance.  
  • Paul Dembow, incumbent: He was first elected in 2010 and seeks a fourth time period on the council. Dembow is president of Brand Enhancement, Strategy & Protection, a advertising and marketing and branding company.  
  • Christine Labelle: She owns an actual property company in Paradise Valley and is a member of the city’s Historical Advisory Committee.  
  • Anna Thomasson, incumbent: She was first elected in 2018 and seeks a second time period. Thomasson is a member of the Arizona State Bar Board of Governors and is an govt in residence at Arizona State University W.P. Carey Business School, the place she is a mentor to MBA college students and a visitor lecturer.

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Mesa. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to reporter Endia Fontanez at [email protected].

Peoria

Peoria will maintain its election in November since no race noticed greater than two candidates qualify for the poll. 

Mayor Cathy Carlat has reached the two-term restrict and two candidates will compete to fill that spot. That is not the solely change, as 4 of six council seats will in the end be up for grabs.

At least one new council member is assured as Bridget Binsbacher needed to resign from her seat representing the Mesquite District to run for mayor. The council appointed former Planning and Zoning Commissioner Brad Shafer in April to switch Binsbacher. He was the solely particular person to use for the seat.

Candidates in working for the the Mesquite District seat in November needed to submit an announcement of curiosity by 5 p.m. April 14 and should submit their signatures by 5 p.m. July 11. 

Not positive which district you reside in? Click here to find out. 

Mayor

  • Jason Beck: He is the proprietor of navy tools company TYR Tactical based mostly in Peoria. This is his first run for elected office.  
  • Bridget Binsbacher: She has represented the Mesquite District on the City Council since 2015. She resigned April 5 to run for mayor, as required by regulation. She is president of the Cactus League. 

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Acacia District 

  • Jennifer Crawford: She is an actual property office supervisor in Peoria. Crawford is a political newcomer who stated she needs to work on lowering the disparities between north and south Peoria. 
  • Vicki Hunt, incumbent: She served on the City Council from 2003 to 2010 and was re-elected in 2014 and 2018. She previously taught highschool English.

Mesquite District

Appointed Councilmember Brad Shafer and Diane Douglas, the state’s former colleges superintendent, have submitted statements of curiosity to run for the Mesquite District seat. They have till July 11 to show in petition signatures to seem on the poll in November. 

Palo Verde District 

  • Michael Finn, incumbent: He was first elected in 2014. Finn previously served as chief monetary officer in the Peoria Unified School District. 

Pine District 

  • Denette Dunn, incumbent: She was appointed to the council in April 2019 and elected later that year. Dunn previously labored in advertising and marketing and authorities relations for Dickson Sweeping.

What Peoria points or questions would you like candidates to handle? Reporter Taylor Seely will work to get solutions. Email [email protected]

In Peoria, a new mayor will be chosen and four of six council seats will ultimately be up for grabs.
In Peoria, a brand new mayor will likely be chosen and 4 of six council seats will in the end be up for grabs.
Tom Tingle/The Republic
Phoenix 

Phoenix operates on a special schedule and doesn’t have a City Council election till November when seats in districts 2, 4, 6 and eight will likely be on the poll. A runoff election, if essential, would be in March.

The city will see not less than one new council member as Sal DiCiccio is termed out after serving three consecutive phrases representing District 6. 

District 2:

  • Matt Evans: A software engineer and part-time Uber driver who was born and raised in Phoenix. His high points are homelessness and panhandling. Considers himself a conservative-leaning Independent who needs to resolve issues on an issue-by-issue foundation.
  • Heli Nielson: Works in gross sales for a international technology analysis and advisory agency. Nielson stated her focus will likely be partaking District 2 residents to make sure their voices are heard and so they obtain their truthful share of funding from the 2023 GO Bond, if voters approve the $500 million measure. Her high points are water, financial growth and infrastructure. She stated she takes an evidence-based method to problem-solving. 
  • Jim Waring: Incumbent councilmember first elected in 2011. Waring, a Republican, beforehand served in the Arizona Senate and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives. Known as a fiscal conservative, he is targeted on “business-friendly” insurance policies, public security, transparency and eliminating wasteful spending, based on his web site.    

District 4:

  • Laura Pastor: Incumbent councilmember and present Vice Mayor Laura Pastor was first elected in 2013. She is the present chair of the Economic Development  Subcommittee, based on the city web site. Her high points are public transportation, reasonably priced housing and jobs and the financial system, her web site says. 

District 6:

  • Harry Curtin: An entrepreneur of a software company who believes his “moderate” political views will permit him to cross the aisle and work with all councilmembers. He’s targeted on police officer recruitment and addressing homelessness with an emphasis on psychological well being. He’s a fiscal conservative who needs to carry in new concepts and reduce prices.  
  • Joan Greene: Owner of a advertising and marketing agency that serves small and huge companies. A born and raised Phoenician, Greene stated she considers herself a “community-before-party” downside solver who’s dedicated to transparency. She needs to carry extra accountability to the city council, she stated. After two unsuccessful congressional races in opposition to Republican Andy Biggs, she stated she was able to “return to my roots.” Her high points are water, housing and economics.
  • Mark Moeremans: Senior vice chairman of entrepreneurship and enterprise growth at the Arizona Commerce Authority. Moeremans, who’s 32, stated it is “imperative” to elect “young, fresh and energetic” candidates like himself proper now, since this upcoming council will form Phoenix’s trajectory for not less than the subsequent decade. Top of thoughts to him are housing, water, local weather and sustainability and infrastructure.  
  • Kevin Robinson: A professor at Arizona State University’s Watts College of Public Programs and Community Solutions. Robinson previously labored for the Phoenix Police Department for 4 many years as an officer and assistant police chief. His high points are public security, reasonably priced housing, water and financial growth. Politically nicely linked, Robinson has been endorsed by Mayor Kate Gallego and 6 former Phoenix mayors.
  • Moses Sanchez: A U.S. Navy veteran and immigrant from Panama, Sanchez, who’s Republican, ran unsuccessfully for Phoenix mayor in 2018. According to his web site, his high points are homelessness, infrastructure and public security.    
  • Juan Schoville: An element-time safety guard who stated he is working to carry “working-class” illustration to the City Council. Schoville, who’s 24 and ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2020, stated his high points are homelessness, crime and gentrification. He needs to take a “compassionate but pragmatic” method towards homelessness that will increase rehabilitation and psychological well being companies. He additionally needs to enhance relations between police and residents. He describes himself as a “localist” who leans center-left on financial points and libertarian on social issues.  
  • Sam Stone: Former Chief of Staff to the outgoing District 6 Councilmember Sal DiCiccio, Stone stated he’ll tackle the mantle of being outspoken and “willing to fight the fight” to “counterbalance” the remainder of the liberal-leaning council. “I’m not against government spending. I’m against government spending without result,” he stated. Stone’s web site exhibits his positions in 12 public coverage areas, plus concepts for Ahwatukee, Arcadia, North Central Phoenix and Sunnyslope.
  • Kellen Wilson: A union employee for Unite 11 who stated her union organizing over the previous few years impressed her to run for elected office. Her high points are housing and stopping homelessness and public security response instances. She needs to carry a family-focused mindset to the council, she stated, pointing to points like after-school packages. Wilson stated Councilmember Betty Guardado, who additionally previously labored for Unite 11 and has endorsed Wilson, has been a mentor to her.

District 8:

  • Carlos Garcia: First elected in 2019, Garcia ran and gained as an anti-establishment candidate. He first gained prominence in Phoenix for his activism main protests in opposition to racial profiling insurance policies enforced by former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
  • Nick Griemsmann: A Christian minister targeted on bettering “community safety, mental health resources and youth empowerment.” Griemsmann needs to see Phoenix do extra to assist children enter commerce professions. An advocate for totally funding the police, he stated officers must be higher educated to cope with psychological well being crises to keep away from battle escalation. Griemsmann stated his historical past working in non-profit organizations will assist him information the city to function fiscally effectively with low overhead.
  • Kesha Hodge Washington: A civil and industrial litigation legal professional who needs to right what she calls the “monolithic” method incumbent Councilmember Carlos Garcia takes by solely specializing in public security, she stated. She needs to concentrate on financial growth and reasonably priced housing. Hodge Washington argues for holding officers accountable however is not in defunding. Instead, she needs to fill police officer vacancies and enhance community-police relationships. 
  • Denise Viner: A dance studio proprietor who is concentrated on public security, the financial system, tradition and accountability. According to her web site, Viner’s husband works for the Phoenix Police Department, and  “her support for law enforcement is strong, yet she understands the concerns and struggles of the people.”

For extra particulars on the candidates, click here.

Scottsdale

Scottsdale voters will select three council members with not less than one new face assured as Councilmember Linda Milhaven is termed out.

At-large council

  • Pamela Carter: She owns a sports activities medication and weight coaching facility in Scottsdale and has labored as a station supervisor and on-air expertise at KPAZ, an affiliate of Trinity Broadcast Network in Phoenix. She runs her nonprofit Creative Genius Media, which produces faith-based and family-friendly movies and different content material.
  • Barry Graham: He has served on Scottsdale’s Planning Commission since 2020. Graham is a Scottsdale native and works in accounting at Arizona-based agency Wallace Plese + Draher.
  • Daniel Ishac. He is retired however beforehand labored as an actuary and human resources guide. He served on the city’s Board of Adjustment.
  • Kathy Littlefield, incumbent: She was first elected in 2014. Littlefield co-founded and manages computer company NetXpert Systems along with her husband, Bob Littlefield, who served on the council from 2002 to 2015. She beforehand labored in the city finances office in Plano, Texas.
  • Tim Stratton: He is a tax and finance legal professional at Gust Rosenfeld. Stratton served on the city’s Industrial Development Authority from 2014 to 2020 and on the Board of Adjustment in 2021 and from 2012 to 2014. He is a member on the Arizona State Board of Charter Schools.
  • Solange Whitehead, incumbent: She was first elected in 2018. Whitehead is {an electrical} engineer who volunteers at Granite Reef Senior Center and serves on the Board of Waste Not. 
  • Raoul Zubia: He is a business guide at technology agency IMPRIVA. Zubia was appointed to serve on the Human Services Commission and the Scottsdale Housing Agency Governing Board in 2021. He beforehand served on the city fee from 2010 to 2013.  

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Scottsdale. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to reporter Sam Kmack at [email protected]

Surprise 

Just one in all three Surprise City Council races will likely be aggressive. Councilmember Chris Judd is working uncontested in District 6 and Councilmember Jack Hastings is unopposed in District 5 after his preliminary challenger was booted from the ballot for not having sufficient legitimate nomination signatures. District 1 residents are assured a brand new consultant after incumbent Roland Winters was knocked off the ballot for failing to garner the wanted 250 signatures. 

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District 1

  • Raymond Grim: He is an insurance coverage company proprietor. Grim beforehand served on the city’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission and was chairman of the Government Affairs with Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce. Grim additionally ran for the District 1 seat in 2018.
  • Lewis Guyn: He is a programs optimization guide at Swift Transportation. The political newcomer has lived in Surprise for 13 years.
  • Nick Haney: He is a Glendale firefighter paramedic. Haney is a former member of the Surprise Youth Council and a former Arizona State University undergraduate scholar authorities senate president.

District 5

  • Jack Hastings, incumbent: He is a highschool civics instructor elected in August 2020. Hastings serves as the city’s ambassador to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. 

District 6

  • Chris Judd, incumbent: He was elected in 2018 and works as an impartial insurance coverage dealer. Judd serves on the govt board for the White Tank Mountains Conservancy, Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee and Valley Metro Board of Directors. 

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Surprise. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to reporter Taylor Seely at [email protected] 

Tempe

Tempe holds its city elections in March. Voters there recently elected Arlene Chin, Berdetta Hodge and incumbent Jennifer Adams to the City Council.

Their phrases start in July.

Tempe voters created maybe the most diverse council in metro Phoenix.

Tolleson

Four candidates are vying for 3 council seats in Tolleson. 

At-large council

  • Frank Aponte: He is a former superintendent in Tolleson’s Field Operations Department. 
  • Jimmy Davis, incumbent: He was appointed in 2020 after Juan Rodriguez resigned from council to run for mayor. Davis owns a performing arts studio and is concerned in the arts neighborhood round the Valley.
  • Clorinda Erives, incumbent: She was first elected to the council in 2009. Erives has labored as a public college educator since 1995.
  • Linda Laborin, incumbent: She was first elected in 2001. Laborin labored in the Tolleson Elementary School District for 20 years.

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Surprise. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to reporter Maritza Dominguez at [email protected] 

Youngtown

Youngtown, the neighborhood of about 7,000 residents in the northwest Valley, can have 5 seats on the poll – 4 Town Council seats and the mayoral publish. One of the Town Council seats is a 2-year time period, the others are 4-year phrases. 

Mayor

  • Michael LeVault, incumbent: He has served as mayor since 2006. LeVault is a former real-estate agent and serves on the board of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority. He’s additionally a member of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council.  

At-large council

The 2-year seat: 

  • Bernadette Labat: She owns a small business, Used Tools and More, along with her husband in Youngtown. Labat sought to serve on the council after former Councilmember Jacob “Jack” Duran died, however she didn’t meet the resident necessities at the moment. She moved to Youngtown in 2020.
  • Jim Starke: He works as a personal teacher instructing music, martial arts and survival. Starke has been a member of the Youngtown Neighborhood Watch for 2 years and a resident of the city for 4 years. 

The 4-year seats: 

  • Ensign Beesley: He is not too long ago retired and has lived in Youngtown for greater than 5 years.
  • Margaret Chittenden, incumbent: She first joined the Town Council in 2005. Chittenden is a former receptionist for Del Webb, dispatcher and reserve sheriff’s deputy for Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. 
  • Karen Haney Duncan, incumbent: She was first elected to the council in 2018. Duncan not too long ago retired as a college bus driver for Peoria Unified School District. 
  • Michael “Mike” Francis, incumbent: He was appointed to City Council in fall 2021 after the dying of Councilmember Jacob “Jack” Duran. Francis beforehand labored in upkeep and amenities and now serves as president of the Youngtown Community Garden, which hosts potlucks each Saturday night.
  • Jodi Kaczynski: She is an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University and a Okay-8 educator. Kaczynski is on the planning committee for Coyote Crossing Park.
  • Denita Manning: She is a pastor in the Phoenix space and moved to Youngtown 5 years in the past. 
  • Ann Nelson: She works in medical information and was beforehand a call center worker. Nelson moved to Youngtown in July 2020 and obtained concerned in the Neighborhood Watch program. 

More particulars on the candidates: The Republic requested candidates to answer 5 questions on a few of the most urgent points in Youngtown. Here’s how they responded.

If you’ve got questions past the candidate Q&A, attain out to reporter Taylor Seely at [email protected] 

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