Should an African-American represent Phoenix's Eighth District council seat?

January 09, 2013

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Tension is boiling over on whether the Eighth District seat on the Phoenix City Council needs to be held by an African-American.

Former Councilman Calvin Goode argued that perspective in an Arizona Republic letter to the editor, writing that the Eighth was intended to be for an African-American when districts were drawn three decades ago.

Here and Now Host Steve Goldstein talks with former Phoenix Mayor Terry Goddard, who led the push to create the city's district system, and Matthew Whitaker of ASU's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy about why African-American representation on the council is vital.