Category Archives: 2011 Elections

Valley Leadership presents “Phoenix in Transition” with Mayor Gordon and Mayor-elect Stanton

Mayor Phil Gordon and Greg Stanton to discuss the future of the City of Phoenix
The Valley Leadership Community Dialogue Series will host “Phoenix in Transition” on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 – a conversation between the outgoing mayor of the City of Phoenix, Mayor Phil Gordon and Mayor-elect Greg Stanton (Valley Leadership alum, Class 19).

As mayor of the sixth-most populated city in the U.S., Mayor Gordon oversaw significant investment in the revitalization of downtown Phoenix including development of the downtown ASU campus, redevelopment of the Phoenix Convention Center and construction of the new Sheraton hotel. He was also a staunch supporter of the controversial $1.1 million multi-modal transportation plan which includes the multi-city light rail system.

As a city councilman, Stanton supported revitalization efforts including the relocation of the Translational Genomics Research Institute to Phoenix. After a vigorous campaign focused on pulling the City of Phoenix out of its current economic slump, Stanton earned a decisive victory and pledged to improve education and make the city’s economy more diverse. This dialogue provides the opportunity to learn more about Stanton’s vision for the future of the City of Phoenix and the challenges the new mayor will face as he seeks to implement his plan.

About Valley Leadership
Since 1978, Valley Leadership has hosted leadership development programs for adults and youth. Valley Leadership strives to provide people of diverse perspectives from both the public and private sectors with opportunities to connect, learn and lead. Valley Leadership seeks to foster dialogue, promote greater understanding of community issues and increase the capacity of individuals to engage effectively in civic action. Both Mayor-elect Greg Stanton and his wife Nicole Stanton are alumni of the Leadership Institute. For more information about Valley Leadership, call 602-952-6760 or visit http://www.valleyleadership.org.

Valley Leadership: Connecting…Learning…Leading.

Downtown Voices issues voter “scorecard” for Phoenix mayor’s race

Like all Phoenix residents, the Downtown Voices Coalition Steering Committee is interested in who will be elected as the next mayor and city council. The organization hosted a standing room only mayoral forum at the Lexington Hotel on June 9, 2011. The Arizona Republic covered the event here; likewise the Phoenix New Times here. Taz Loomans, author of the popular Blooming Rock blog, summarized her “tweets” of the forum here. Video of the mayoral forum will be available on this site in the very near future.

Downtown Voices is now issuing a handy one-page “scorecard” to help voters who are especially interested in a vibrant downtown to determine who they might vote for as the next Phoenix Mayor. The group’s guiding principles (and space for other issues) are listed alongside the six certified candidates. Based on your own observations, talking with friends and family, and catching up on the news, you can use the “scorecard” to “check” who aligns most closely with the issues that are important to you. Click the graphic below to review and download the PDF:

Click here to download DVC's 2011 Mayoral Candidate Scorecard

For more information about the upcoming election for Phoenix Mayor and City Council, visit phoenix.gov/ELECTION/elect.html.

Downtown Voices hosts downtown Phoenix-centric mayoral forum, June 9

Downtown Voices Coalition presents a downtown-centric mayoral forum, Thursday, June 9, 2011 – 6:30-8:30pm, Park Room, Lexington Hotel, 1100 N. Central, Phoenix.

The Downtown Voices Coalition announces its first Downtown Mayor’s Forum. We are very excited to bring the candidates together for a downtown-centric discussion. Any and all residents of Phoenix are encouraged to attend.

Candidates scheduled to participate are Thane Eichenauer, Wes Gullett, Councilman Claude Mattox, Peggy Neely, and Greg Stanton. Arizona Republic Reporter Richard Ruelas has agreed to serve as moderator.

To spice things up, the format will include questions from one candidate to another. The forum will take place at the newly acquired and soon to be renovated Lexington Hotel at 1100 N. Central Avenue, which is one block north of the Roosevelt and Central light rail stop.

Seating is limited, so if you are interested in attending, please come early to get a seat in the meeting space. Additional seating will be available in the Cycle restaurant and bar, with the audio from the forum piped into the general sound system. Cycle restaurant, which rotates chefs every month, will feature its in-house menu for the evening.

Downtown Voices Coalition is a coalition of stakeholder organizations that embrace growth in downtown Phoenix, but is mindful that healthy growth should be based upon existing downtown resources — the vibrancy of neighborhoods, the strength of the arts community, the uniqueness of historic properties, and the wonderful small businesses that dot downtown. All of these assets should be stepping stones to be built upon, rather than shattered in the wake of rampant downtown development. For more information about Downtown Voices, please visit http://www.downtownvoices.org/

Equality Arizona Phoenix Mayoral Candidate Forum on April 4th

NOTE: The Downtown Voices Coalition (DVC) does not endorse any candidates, and invites all candidates to submit information on any town hall question and answer event in which they participate.

What is important is that voters be informed, AND VOTE.

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[Source: Equality Arizona]

Equality Arizona is excited to be hosting the first candidate forum in the 2011 Phoenix mayoral election cycle. This historic event will not only be the first opportunity for the candidates to appear together in public, it is the first time in history the candidates for mayor of the 6th largest city in the country will participate in a forum focused on LGBT equality!

The forum will be moderated by Emmy Award-winning reporter Donna Rossi of CBS 5 (KPHO). In her role at CBS 5, Donna has covered some of the most high profile stories in the valley and across the state.

We invite you to participate in this exciting event and hear what the candidates have to say about the issues that matter to you.

The forum will be held Monday, April 4th at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N 3rd Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the forum is set to start at 7 p.m. Seating will be limited. We ask that you RSVP today at www.equalityarizona.org

All of the candidates have been invited. As of today, the following have confirmed their participation:

  • Thane Eichenauer
  • Wes Gullett
  • Claude Mattox
  • Greg Stanton

Please add your name to the list of participants. RSVP online at www.equalityarizona.org.

Once you’ve let us know you plan to attend, please take a moment to submit a question for consideration by the moderator. Simply send an email to info@equalityarizona.org with your question and we’ll include it in the mix of questions for the moderator to choose from.

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event

Mayoral Candidate Wes Gullett to Hold Town Hall on Mar 8

NOTE: The Downtown Voices Coalition (DVC) does not endorse any candidates, and invites all candidates to submit information on any town hall question and answer event in which they participate.

What is important is that voters be informed, AND VOTE.

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[Source: Paul Barnes, Neighborhood Coalition of Greater Phoenix]

Announcement of a Mayoral Candidate Town Hall Meeting

Many I have talked to feel that Phoenix needs changing and that Neighborhoods, Businesses and Citizens all over the city are being harmed by present policies and direction.

This August, we will be electing a new Mayor.  Wes Gullett is one of the candidates.  He will be holding a town hall style meeting on 3/8/11 as follows:

Mountain View Lutheran Church
11002 S. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85044
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This event is NOT a fundraiser.  It is an opportunity for you to ask the hard questions on the issues that matter to you and hear the vision for the City of a candidate who could be our next mayor.  As other candidates may schedule similar town hall meetings, we shall endeavor to so inform you.

Please plan on attending on Tuesday, March 8th.  Even if you don’t ask a single question and just listen to others and watching Gullett interact with the crowd, you will have a better basis for voting than you otherwise would have.

In the last Mayoral/Council election only 11% of the city’s voters chose our Mayor and Council persons in the odd numbered districts.  This is a pathetic turnout in any city, never mind in a city the size of Phoenix.  Don’t let 11% of the voters, many driven by special interest groups – decide who your next Mayor will be?  Attend candidate town hall meetings when they are scheduled and then show up to vote.

Please send this email to your friends and members of your associations and Coalitions.

This announcement which should not be construed as an endorsement consistent with the commitment to attempt to advise whenever a mayoral candidate schedules a town hall type meeting.  The first such meeting was held by Greg Stanton.

Thank you,

Paul Barnes

Neighborhood Coalition of Greater Phoenix


Meet and Greet Phoenix Mayoral Candidate Greg Stanton TOMORROW

NOTE: The Downtown Voices Coalition (DVC) does not endorse any candidates, and invites all candidates to submit information on any event in which they participate.

What is important is that voters be informed, AND VOTE.

For information on other candidates, please visit:

[Source: Stanton for Mayor]

The PHOENIX HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOODS COALITION cordially invites you to meet and chat with GREG STANTON:

Greg Stanton served nine years on the Phoenix City Council.

He was a leader in protecting neighborhoods and building a more diverse, sustainable economy.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 5:30-7:30pm
Home of Craig Crane – 917 W. Palm Lane

Come listen to Greg share his vision for our city and speak to him about yours.  Enjoy refreshments and learn why he is capable of creating the city we all want for our hometown.

This is not a fundraiser.

In order to have adequate refreshments, please let the organizers know if you will be able to be with us by contacting to James Zorn by email at James.Zorn@cox.net –  Event paid for by Stanton for Mayor


Mayoral Candidate Greg Stanton to Hold Town Hall on Feb 16.

NOTE: The Downtown Voices Coalition (DVC) does not endorse any candidates, and invites all candidates to submit information on any town hall question and answer event in which they participate.

What is important is that voters be informed, AND VOTE.

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[Source: Paul Barnes, Neighborhood Coalition of Greater Phoenix]

Take Back Your City

Many I have talked to feel that Phoenix needs changing and that Neighborhoods, Businesses and Citizens all over the city are being harmed by present policies and direction.

This August, we will be electing a new Mayor.  Greg Stanton is one of the candidates.  As indicated in the flyer forwarded herewith, Stanton will be holding a town hall style meeting on Wednesday, February 16th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  It will be held at the Biltmore Church of the Nazarene located at 5604 N. 24th Street, Phoenix, 85016.  This event is NOT a fundraiser or just a meet and greet.  It is an opportunity for you to ask the hard questions on the issues that matter to you and hear the vision for the City of a candidate who could be our next Mayor.  As other candidates may schedule similar town hall meetings, we shall endeavor to so inform you.

Please plan on attending on Wednesday, February 16th.  Even if you don’t ask a single question and just listen to others and watching Stanton interact with the crowd, you will have a better basis for voting than you otherwise would have.

In the last Mayoral/Council election only 11% of the city’s voters chose our Mayor and Council persons in the odd numbered districts.  This is a pathetic turnout in any city, never mind in a city the size of Phoenix.  Don’t let 11% of the voters, many driven by special interest groups – decide who your next Mayor will be.  Attend candidate town hall meetings when they are scheduled and then show up to vote.

Let’s take charge of the future of Phoenix.

Thank you,

Paul Barnes

Neighborhood Coalition of Greater Phoenix, 602-840-1579