[Source: Lynn Ducey, Phoenix Business Journal]
Former Phoenix City Councilman Greg Stanton has announced his candidacy for Phoenix mayor.
Stanton is deputy attorney general at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and is seeking election to the city’s top post in the Aug. 30, 2011 election.
He has served as a city councilman for nine years, grew up in West Phoenix and attended public schools in the Valley. Stanton is married and he and his wife, Nicole, and have two children.
“I love Phoenix, my home for 37 years and the place Nicole and I are raising our children,” Stanton said in a statement. “But our city stands at a crossroads. Growth for growth’s sake can no longer stand. I am committed to making us more competitive, more aggressive, and more focused on growing jobs—not growing sprawl.”
Both the mayor and Phoenix City Council members serve four- year terms. The mayor can serve two four-year terms, while council can serve three.
Current Mayor Phil Gordon was elected to the post in both 2003 and 2007 and cannot seek re-election.
Others seeking the mayoral seat include city council members Claude Mattox, D-5, and Peggy Neely, D-2; and Wes Gullett, a political consultant and aide to Arizona Sen. John McCain.