2018-19 Phoenix Mayoral Special Election
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2018%E2%80%9319 Phoenix Mayoral Special Election

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
First round vote 171,035 100,998
First round percentage 44.49% 26.27%
Runoff vote 106,216 75,532
Runoff percentage 58.44% 41.56%
  Nicholas Sarwark in Phoenix October 2016.jpg
Candidate Moses Sanchez Nicholas Sarwark
First round vote 71,121 40,218
First round percentage 18.50% 10.46%

Mayor before election

Thelda Williams (interim)

Elected Mayor

Kate Gallego

The 2018-19 Phoenix mayoral special election 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]



Not Qualified For Ballot


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


  • 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]


Poll source Date(s)
of error
None of the
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.


Nicholas Sarwark
U.S. Governors
US Representatives
City Council people
  • 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
Moses Sanchez
Members of City Council
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
  • 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]


2018-19 Phoenix mayoral special election[22][23]
1st round
Candidate Votes %
Kate Gallego 171,035 44.49
Daniel Valenzuela 100,998 26.27
Moses Sanchez 71,121 18.50
Nicholas Sarwark 40,218 10.46
Total votes 384,454 100.00
Runoff election
Kate Gallego 106,216 58.44%
Daniel Valenzuela 75,532 41.56%
Total votes 181,748 100.00


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  2. ^ "Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton announces run for Congress". azcentral. Retrieved 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 2018.
  4. ^ "Councilwoman Kate Gallego enters Phoenix mayoral race". azcentral. July 26, 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Moses Sanchez, opinion contributor (February 13, 2018). "Phoenix mayor race: Why being an outsider is a good thing". Azcentral.com. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Editor, Paul Maryniak, AFN Executive. "Family more than a platform for mayor hopeful". Ahwatukee Foothills News. Retrieved 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 2017.
  8. ^ Welch, Dennis (October 6, 2017). "Phoenix mayoral candidate says he won't quit his day job | Archives". azfamily.com. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Councilman Daniel Valenzuela announces he will run for Phoenix mayor". azcentral. Archived from the original on September 9, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ Simard, Dylan (July 19, 2018). "Freemason and businessman Tim Seay joins Phoenix mayoral race". Downtown Devil. Phoenix, Arizona. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "Businessman Michael Lafferty ends Phoenix mayoral campaign". azcentral. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Phoenix businessman and mayoral candidate hopes to fuel downtown growth". downtowndevil.com. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "Díaz: How Kyrsten Sinema's Senate bid unravels Phoenix City Hall". azcentral. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Díaz: Is Phoenix's next mayor one of these men?". azcentral. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ News, 12. "Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton resigning to run for Congress". Retrieved 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 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 2019.
  20. ^ "Endorsements - Kate Gallego for Mayor of Phoenix". Kate Gallego for Phoenix Mayor. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "Endorsements - Daniel Valenzuela for Mayor of Phoenix". Daniel Valenzuela for Phoenix Mayor. Archived from the original on August 18, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ "City Clerk Election Results English" (PDF). Phoenix.gov. Retrieved 2021.
  23. ^ "City of Phoenix Special Election Official Results English" (PDF). Phoenix.gov. Retrieved 2021.

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