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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

Valley Leadership: Connecting…Learning…Leading.

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.


[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

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

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 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

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 –  Event paid for by Stanton for Mayor

Reminder: Greg Stanton to Hold Town Hall this Wednesday

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.


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.


[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

Greg Stanton joins Phoenix Mayor’s race


[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.

For more:; www.mattoxformayor.com;

Phoenix leaders to fill city council vacancy… again

Arizona's new State Land Commissioner, Maria Baier

[Source: Scott Wong, Arizona Republic] — Here we go again… Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision Tuesday to tap Maria Baier as state land commissioner leaves another vacancy on the Phoenix City Council.  Just a few months ago, the council appointed Sal DiCiccio to replace Councilman Greg Stanton, who resigned to take a top job in Attorney General Terry Goddard’s office.  Twenty-two people had applied for the vacant seat.  Baier, who has represented District 3 on the council since January 2008, plans [resigned] her seat at 5 p.m. Wednesday.  The council will have to appoint an interim replacement between June 29 and July 2, according to the city charter.

Those interested in applying for the vacancy should contact the City Clerk’s Office at 602-262-6837.  Applicants must be a registered voter and live in the district, which includes the Sunnyslope, Moon Valley, and Shadow Mountain neighborhoods and the area around Paradise Valley Mall.  Because Baier has more than one year left on her term, the council must call for a special election no sooner than Nov. 3.  Voters in the district will then determine who will complete Baier’s term, which ends in January 2012.

Baier said things happened suddenly. She got a call from the Governor’s Office last Saturday asking for references and other background check information.  By Monday, Brewer had offered her the job.  The councilwoman said it will be bittersweet leaving the city after such a short time in office.  “It was the greatest priviledge of my life to serve the residents of District 3.  I haven’t met a more thoughtful and kind group of people in my life,” Baier said.  “But I’m going to continue to serve the residents of District 3 and many other folks across the state as state land commissioner.”

Mayor Phil Gordon called Baier “one of our council’s brightest stars” and said her successor will need to be ready on Day 1.  “These are challenging times that require strong and immediate leadership,” he said.  “I will be supporting the best-qualified candidate to fill a pair of shoes that need to hit the ground running from the first minute of the first day.”  [Note: To read the full article and online comments, click here.]

Applicants sought to fill Phoenix Council Member’s seat

[Source: Scott Wong, Arizona Republic] — Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon is asking residents interested in serving the remainder of City Councilman Greg Stanton’s term to submit a letter of interest and resume to the city clerk by 5 p.m. Feb. 5.  Applicants must be a registered voter and live in District 6, which includes Ahwatukee and the Biltmore and Arcadia neighborhoods.  All applications will be available for public review at the City Clerk’s Office, which will provide copies to council members on Feb. 6.

The council will hold a special meeting at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 10 to interview each of the candidates for 10 minutes.  If needed, the process will continue at 2 p.m. that day at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting.  The meetings, open to the public, will be aired live on Phoenix Channel 11 and streamed live on the city’s Web site.  Community members will be allowed to speak about the appointment process or any candidates.  After final interviews, the council will vote to appoint the interim council member.  Any member of the council, including the mayor, may nominate a candidate to fill the vacancy.  The first candidate to receive a majority of votes — five in the case that all council members are present — gets the appointment and would serve out the remainder of Stanton’s term through January 2010.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Long line of candidates seeks to replace District 6 Councilman Stanton

[Source: Scott Wong, Arizona Republic] — Just hours after City Councilman Greg Stanton announced he was resigning to take a top post in the Attorney General’s Office, more than a dozen names surfaced as possible replacements.  Among them include former state lawmaker and [John] McCain confidante Deb Gullett, Mayor Phil Gordon’s ex-chief of staff; former city police administrator and county attorney also-ran Gerald Richard; Don Keuth, president of the Phoenix Community Alliance; and Paulina Vasquez Morris, former chairwoman of the Maricopa Integrated Health System.  Others said to be interested in the post: AFL-CIO spokeswoman Dana Kennedy, who heads a group that promotes women in politics; attorney and GOP activist Chris DeRose; Gordon campaign worker Joanna Peters, an Arcadia neighborhood leader; and ASU administrator Laurel Arndt, who sits on the Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee.

Jockeying for the vacant seat will likely continue through early February, after the council votes on the budget and Stanton steps down.  Council members have 10 business days after the vacancy occurs to appoint someone to finish the remainder of his term, which ends Dec. 31.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Phoenix Councilman Stanton to resign for job with AG’s Office

[Source: Scott Wong, Arizona Republic] — Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard on Thursday appointed Phoenix City Councilman Greg Stanton to head legislative affairs in his office.  Stanton said he would resign from elected office and begin his new job on Feb. 4, one day after the City Council is slated to vote on a record $270 million in budget cuts through the 2010 fiscal year.  “I’m excited to continue my public service working for Terry Goddard, someone I admire a great deal,” said Stanton, an attorney who has served on the council since 2000.  “I absolutely promised I would not leave my position with the City Council until we finish the budget process.  I owe it to the people I represent.”

Stanton, who had filed papers to run for his third and final council term this fall, replaces David Gass as deputy attorney general for legislation, policy and strategic planning.  Gass stepped down on Jan. 1 after Gov. Janet Napolitano appointed him a Maricopa County Superior Court judge.  Goddard, who served as Phoenix mayor from 1984 to 1990, said he’s been impressed with Stanton while working with him on gang, graffiti and other crime issues in Phoenix.  “We’re going with Greg Stanton based on his credentials, his experience and his legal background,” Goddard said. “There is a whole list of assets that he brings to the table that are not duplicated anywhere else.”  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]