Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego is running for reelection. Instead, she emailed a screenshot of a social media post in which she shared that she has heard from hundreds of people in the district “upset with the path our city has taken.”. Francisca Montoya is a lifelong resident of Arizona and for the past 30 years Francisca has lived in and been invested in District 7. Connect with Betty . She said the city is implementing policies for police accountability that have failed to reduce police misconduct elsewhere.  In setting city policy and passing rules and regulations, the mayor and city council members each have equal voting power. Start the day smarter. © 2020 www.azcentral.com. Parent of 3 graduates of Phoenix-Talent schools and has previously served with Phoenix-Talent Little League and Phoenix-Talent BSA Troop 535 as Assistant Scoutmaster. Montoya, 62, has lived in Phoenix since she was five years old. While Gallego spent more than $3 million in her election bid against former Council member Daniel Valenzuela, this cycle she has raised about $1.16 million through June 30, according to the latest campaign finance report. Montoya, 62, has lived in Phoenix since she was five years old. She has lived in the district since 2004 and has served on the school board since 2015. Estela said every area in the district has such different issues, from Laveen looking for more restaurants and high-tech jobs to south Phoenix's light rail construction, and she wants to lead her community through all of it. Her priorities include: addressing public safety issues by helping rebuild trust between law enforcement and the community and providing proper resources to neighborhoods historically left behind; addressing air pollution with solutions such as seeing that all buildings are built to certain sustainability standards; helping small businesses survive COVID-19 and building jobs throughout the city; and finding innovative solutions to the city's affordable housing crisis. Doug Ducey’s response to the pandemic. Much of her immediate family lives in her neighborhood. While the mayor is elected in a citywide election, city council members are elected by votes only in the districts they represent, with both the mayor and council members serving four year terms. The mayor of Phoenix … Angie Vermillion was born and raised in Southern Oregon, an alumna of Phoenix High School and is a 4th generation Southern Oregonian. He said he is a first-time candidate for city office. While the mayor is elected in a citywide election, Phoenix City Council members are elected by votes only in the districts they represent, with both the Mayor and the Council members serving four-year terms. She has lived in Maryvale for 12 years. Previously, she was chief of staff in District 7. “As mayor, my focus will be on bringing smarter solutions for all to make Phoenix safe, fight city corruption, and protect our small businesses setting the foundation for innovation and growth,” she said. "I've been their champion for many years already," she said. Williams, 42, has lived in Phoenix since 2006 and in District 5 since 2015. He's also on the Laveen Village Planning Committee, a member of the African American Advisory Council for Gallego's office, and vice president of his homeowner's association, among other community roles. Gallego has made a name for herself nationally as an outspoken voice criticizing Gov. Siebert, 60, said he is ready to serve to try to make a difference in the city after spending the last several years focusing on raising his son, who is now 17, with his wife. “I wasn’t born yesterday.”, Her campaign website says that she has a “background in administration with large and small companies across several industries.”, She declined to talk to The Republic about her priorities if elected. Gallego took her seat in March 2019 after voters elected her to fill the vacancy created when former mayor and current U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton resigned to run for Congress. Mayor Kate Gallego faces two challengers on the ballot, Merissa Hamilton and Tim Seay. She married Jim Vermillion in 1989 and they moved to Talent Oregon, together they raised a son Jesse, and a daughter Jamie, they also attended and graduated Phoenix High. Hamilton said herprofessional experience working with data for the food safety industry will help her solve the city’s challenges. In the March 2017 election, voters chose to keep Stark in the seat. “The City Council needs to make sure we care not just about the officers’ safety, but every citizens’ safety, even though they may not be doing something that is law-abiding,” Williams said. Flunoy said he wanted to get involved to be part of the solution. He is a registered Independent and said he believes that political affiliations only divide the council before real conversations begin. Write-in candidates have until 5 p.m. Thursday to file paperwork. She said she stands out from her competitors because she is able to work well with all different personalities and she isn't there to climb the political ladder. She said she is running because the city’s decisions have hurt the community, with many losing their jobs and businesses. Maricopa County will begin mailing out early mail-in ballots on Oct. 7. Another focus of Guardado's on the council has been fighting for the hospitality workers she used to represent for Unite Here. Guardado, a Democrat, said she originally ran for council to “get back to basics” — to ensure that residents had access to basic needs, better roads, clean alleys and more businesses. “I like to fight for people,” she said. If you have a complaint against a City employee, the Council/Commission meeting is not the place to air it. If you see comments in violation of our community guidelines, please report them. He said he stands out from other candidates because he has worked with every part of his district as a transportation official, and knows their different needs and how to represent them. Yassamin Ansari, Phoenix candidate for District 7 (Photo: Courtesy of Yassamin Ansari). For one, the shortened term gave candidates less time to organize and raise funds to help get the word out about their campaign and platform. Subscribe to azcentral.com today. Please make an appointment with the City Manager. Seay's second quarter report was not available. In the March 2017 election, voters chose to keep Stark in the seat. Reporters Jessica Boehm and Megan Taros contributed to this article. “The scientific data proving masks stop the spread is not there,” she said in a Sept. 12 Facebook post. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. While many voters focus on the national fight for the White House and Congress, a competitive City Council race to select a representative for more than 180,000 residents is underway in north Phoenix. He said he wants to see community-based policing and block watch initiatives expanded. The state, county and city's “isolation policies,” such as shutting down businesses and parks, have been disastrous, she said, causing not just job loss but also an increase in violent crime such as homicide and assaults, and domestic violence. As a community organizer Sarah has united local residents on issues like making higher education more affordable, working towards affordable transit and creating clean energy jobs. Vote by mail begins. While the mayor is elected in a citywide election, city council members are elected by votes only in the districts they represent, with both the mayor and council members serving four year terms. He ended up making his way to the Rogue Valley and attended Southern Oregon University. “I wasn’t born yesterday.”, Her campaign website says that she has a “background in administration with large and small companies across several industries.”, She declined to talk to The Republic about her priorities if elected. Use our online search to find your council member View a listing of all City Council staff Stark, a Democrat, said she is running again because, for her, “it’s about public service.”, “That has been my entire career,” she said. This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you. Flunoy has lived in Phoenix for 35 years and has been working as a public transportation advocate in the city for almost as long. She is the director of strategic community initiatives for the Raza Development Fund. Write-in candidate Christopher Pistoia is also running for the seat. The City Council elects a Council president at its first meeting in January each year. She says she is a lifelong Democrat that votes not based on political affiliation but based on who someone is and "how much I agree with what they stand for.". She said Gallego and the council should have consulted more people before making decisions on how to address the pandemic. Sarah Westover grew up in the Rogue Valley and currently works as Organizing Director for Rogue Climate, a local non-profit. He said his priorities as mayor would be addressing public safety concerns by building the relationship between the police and the community, bringing better jobs to Phoenix, and improving council relationships.