Phoenix City Council

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Phoenix City Council
Kate Gallego, Democratic
since March 2019
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  •   Democratic [lower-alpha 1]
    5 / 9(56%)

Minority coalition

The Phoenix City Council is the governing body of the city of Phoenix, Arizona. The council is made up of nine members, including a mayor and eight council members representing individual districts. 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. [1] The current mayor of Phoenix is Kate Gallego, a Democrat, who won the seat after defeating her former fellow-council member, Daniel Valenzuela in a run-off election in March 2019. [2] In setting city policy and passing rules and regulations, the mayor and city council members each have equal voting power. [1]



Before 1948, the city of Phoenix was governed by commission. In 1948, the system was changed to a city council with a mayor selected in a run-off election in non-partisan elections. In 1982, the election system was changed so that councilors represented districts. [3]


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Mayor Kate Gallego
DistrictCouncil MembersParty (officially nonpartisan)
Mayor Kate Gallego Democratic
District 1Ann O'Brien Republican
District 2 Jim Waring Republican
District 3Debra Stark Democratic
District 4Laura Pastor Democratic
District 5Betty Guardado Democratic
District 6Sal DiCiccio Republican
District 7Yassamin Ansari Democratic
District 8Carlos Garcia Independent

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  1. 1 2 3 City of Phoenix elections are officially non-partisan; party affiliations are informational only.
  1. 1 2 "Official Site of the City of Phoenix – About the Phoenix City Council". Archived from the original on May 16, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  2. "Latest numbers: Kate Gallego wins big in race for Phoenix mayor". azcentral. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  3. Dilworth, Richard (2011). Cities in American Political History. Sage Publications. p. 608. ISBN   978-0872899117 . Retrieved 14 January 2016.