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Phoenix Mayoral Race To Be Decided By Runoff Election
Phoenix voters will get another chance to choose a new mayor. Since no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, a special election for the top two vote getters will take place in March.
Former councilman Daniel Valenzuela will face former councilwoman Kate Gallego.
“One thing that’s really separated us was performance in the debates and just having understood the issues,” Gallego said. “Taking the time to meet with community leaders, to listen, to get the best ideas from the community and then be able to move them forward.”
Gallego garnered 45 percent of the vote to Valenzuela’s 26 percent. Two other candidates — Moses Sanchez and Nicholas Sarwark — each got less than 20 percent.
“You can’t effectively lead if you don’t reject hyper partisanship. And this campaign stuck to its true colors and it got us into a runoff,” Valenzuela said.
A runoff if needed has been scheduled for March 12.
The special election was held to replace Greg Stanton, who left office in May to run for U.S. Congress. He was elected Tuesday night.
Phoenix councilwoman Thelda Williams has been serving as temporary mayor and will continue until the runoff election.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.