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Runoff Election, Early Voting Phoenix Mayor, Council

Phoenix Mayor And Council Runoff Election Early Voting

Phoenix Mayor And Council Runoff Election Early Voting

Do you know who you’re voting for for Phoenix mayor? After viewing that heated debate between Greg Stanton and Wes Gullett, you’re probably ready to submit your vote early. Luckily you can, in just a few days ― Thursday, October 13th. The mayoral election takes place November 8.

As many know, the race for mayor has been dwindled down to the final two, who held a debate on Wednesday, October 5. The debate covered Gullett’s lobbying firm, SB 1070 and the candidates rated City Manager David Cavozos’s performance.

Debate Highlights:

Regarding Gullett’s lobbying firm, Stanton suggested he would have too many conflicts of interested as mayor. Gullett ensured there would be no conflicts, as he will divest interest in his firm if elected.

Gullett also brought up an investigation dating back to 2007 when Stanton supported Maricopa Community Colleges as an elected official while simultaneously paid by the district. Stanton admitted he had a few slips and that these were unintentional.

Regarding SB 1070, candidates were asked if they would have voted for the bill as it had passed in the state legislature two years ago. Gullett said yes, supporting the fight against drug cartels and human smuggling; Stanton said no.

Stanton refused to rate City Manager David Carvazos’ performance on a scale of one to 10, saying good leaders don’t “prejudge people.” He said that if elected, he would rate Carvazos then. Gullett said that Carvazos hasn’t acted urgently enough.

Early Voting for the Runoff Election:

Mark your calendars; early voting for the city of Phoenix Mayor and Council November Runoff Election begins October 13 and continues through November 4.

Voters can cast their early ballots during business hours at Phoenix City Hall:

Phoenix City Hall
200 W. Washington St., 15th floor
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to electing a mayor, voters in Districts 1 and 5 will elect a council member.

More Voting Sites:

Voting sites open Saturday, October 22. Here are the locations, dates and times:


Saturday, October 22
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mesquite Branch Library

4525 E. Paradise Village Pkwy.

Sunnyslope Community Center

802 E. Vogel Ave.

South Mountain Community Center

212 E. Alta Vista Rd.

Saturday, October 29
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Deer Valley Community Center

2001 W. Wahalla Ln.

Desert West Community Center

6501 W. Virginia Ave.

Devonshire Senior Center

2802 E. Devonshire Ave.


Voting Via Mail:

If you’re interested in voting for the Phoenix Mayor and Council November Runoff Election via snail mail, request forms for a city ballot are available for download at the Elections Division website. The City Clerk Department must receive your request by Friday, Oct. 28, no later than 5 p.m.

Voters can call (602) 261-VOTE (8683) and request an early ballot request postcard, or mail a signed letter listing their name, address and phone number to:
City Clerk Department, Elections Division
200 W. Washington St., 15th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Deadline for Voted Early Ballots:

Voted early ballots must be received by the City Clerk no later than 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8 ― Election Day.

Early ballots may also be dropped off at an early voting site or voting center during voting hours.


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Election Results, Phoenix 2011

Mayoral And Council Election Results Are In

The City of Phoenix election results are in for the mayoral and council election.

The results were announced last night, August 30, at 8 p.m., with votes submitted from nearly 650,000 registered voters — 646,995, to be exact — with a little more than two percent of the votes from voting centers, and a little more than 13 percent casting their votes via early voting (nearly 90,000 votes).

According to the City of Phoenix’s website, these unofficial results do not include provisional ballots; the remaining early ballots and provisional ballots expected to be tabulated on Friday, Sept. 2. Check back here for those results.

Mayoral Election Results

Greg Stanton received most of the votes, more than 37 percent and more than 37,000 votes. Read Stanton’s statement on his website.

Wes Gullett came in second — more than 20 percent and more than 20,000 votes. Read Gullett’s statement on his website.

Here’s a breakdown of the mayoral election results:



1. Greg Stanton



2. Wes Gullett



3. Peggy Neely
4. Claude Mattox


5. Jennifer Wright
6. Anna Brennan



Proposition 1 — Expenditure Limit

Proposition 1 passed, with a little less than three-quarters of voters voting YES.

What is Prop 1? Read more about it.




Proposition 2 — Zoning Referendum

Proposition 2 did not pass, with more than 60 percent voting NO.

What is Prop 2? Read more about it.







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Mattox's response to attack on Wes Gullett

Auto-Dialer Attack On Wes Gullett And Family, Mattox’s Response

Claude Mattox’s statement regarding the attack on Wes Gullett:

In the strongest possible terms, I condemn the actions of the individual or organization responsible for the deplorable attack on Wes Gullett and his family this afternoon.


To say there is no room in politics for this type of behavior is a given. This is not only dirty politics, this is a matter of simple human decency.

Mattox's response to attack on Wes Gullett

Similar nasty tactics were a part of last year’s governor’s race that inflicted wounds on innocent family members, and now, it is infiltrating our city.

It is actions such as this that discourage good and decent people from seeking public office. And the result is the government we have that is increasingly polarized, dysfunctional, and in the grips not of the people, but political operatives.

I placed a call to Wes this afternoon to express my outrage and offered to stand with him and his family in any way I can, just as I know he would do the same in regards to me and my family. I assured him that our campaign had no part in this sad episode.

Phoenix Election Social Media: Wes Gullett & Peggy Neely

Phoenix Election Social Media Wars: Gullett And Neely

Election Social Media Wars: Gullett & Neely

Social media has become an important and effective marketing tool, with businesses creating Facebook pages and Twitter accounts for their customers, sharing deals and special offers. And it’s no less important in a race for mayor, especially for the Phoenix election mayoral candidates.

We visited all of the Phoenix mayoral candidates’ respective social media pages to get a better idea of how they represent themselves and their campaigns. It’s one thing to believe what the media and rival candidates say about one another, but how are they connecting with their supporters and how are they bettering their campaigns via social media?

Yesterday, we covered Claude Mattox and Greg Stanton. Today, we’ll look at Wes Gullett and Peggy Neely.

Wes Gullett

Based off Wes Gullett’s website, his campaign doesn’t pinpoint just one or two topics, but an array of issues, including the following: his Seven Point Jobs Plan, working toward a better government, safe and affordable water for the city, “making Phoenix the small business capital of America,” increasing public safety, creating pay raises for employees and enforcing SB 1070.

Facebook & Twitter

In addition to Gullett’s Tweets thanking his volunteers and supporters as well as posts providing updates on his campaign — including links to articles and video posts, there are many Tweets from supporters. Here are few posts from his Twitter:

Wes Gullett Twitter, Election Social Media “As a Phoenix resident, I am proud to support for @wesgullett for mayor.”
“@wesgullett, funny humane thoughtful guy is running for Mayor of Phoenix. Pretty great when guys like him are willing to step up.”
Wes Gullett Twitter, Election Social Media “We cannot elect the same politicians and expect things to get better. We need new leadership new ideas and real results”
“A big thank you to all our volunteers! They are working hard and spreading our message. Come join the fun this weekend – … “

As for Gullett’s Facebook, the posts are very similar to those on his Twitter page. However, Deb & Wes Gullett do respond very quickly to questions and posts by supporters — very thorough responses, too. For instance:

Wes Gullett Facebook Page, Election Social Media

“Can you please clarify your position on SB 1070? Peggy Neely sent out a flier saying you opposed it then flip flopped.”

Response: “Peggy Neely’s campaign is clearly in free fall and she is desperate and willing to say anything or attempt to deflect attention from herself so that she keep her power. Her campaign’s efforts to confuse voters especially after the devastating article in the media today. I have been consistent that the City of Phoenix must and will enforce the laws of Arizona including SB 1070 if I am Mayor. … “

Peggy Neely

Based off Peggy Neely’s website, she has focused her campaign on spotlighting the local economy, including attracting jobs and small businesses, balancing the city budget and reducing the size of government, protecting public safety, increasing government accessibility and transparency, encouraging quality education, and supporting strong neighborhoods.

Peggy Neely is close behind Gullett regarding the number of “friends” and “followers” she has on her Facebook and Twitter. This is what I gathered from her usage of social media…

Facebook & Twitter

Much like her website, Neely’s Twitter account emphasizes her plans and her endorsements. Here a few:

Peggy Neely Twitter, Election Social Media “Proud to be a consensus builder. That is why I am proud to be endorsed by both Councilmembers Johnson and DiCiccio.”
“View my plans and my comprehensive plans at PeggyNeely.com. #phxmayor”
“I am proud of Councilman Michael Johnson’s endorsement. He is a long time friend and an early supporter.”

As for Neely’s Facebook page, which has over 500 followers, her posts are — like Gullett’s — very similar to those on Twitter, sharing the same links, almost as if they both use an auto-post feature.

Neely shares on Facebook her accomplishments and endorsements as well as her comments regarding the other candidates, including:

Peggy Neely Facebook Page, Election Social Media I am proud of my track record of bringing people together to build consensus and find solutions. Phoenix has been a well-run city and a place we can all be proud of, but it is time to do more.
We need more transparency in government. We don’t even know who Mr. Gullett’s clients are. How could the taxpayers ever trust he was serving them instead of himself?
Peggy Neely Facebook Page, Election Social Media I am proud to be endorsed by Councilman Michael Johnson. We share a desire to focus on the development and economic growth of the city, the creation of more jobs for Phoenix residents, a commitment to the community, and our ability to maintain the quality of basic city services.

No. of Friends & Followers for each Mayoral Candidate:

As of August 17, 2011, sourced from the social media pages linked to each candidates’ website:

Claude Mattox

Greg Stanton Facebook Page, Election Social Media 2,936 Friends
Greg Stanton Twitter, Election Social Media 774 Followers

Greg Stanton

Greg Stanton Facebook Page, Election Social Media 1,309 Friends
Greg Stanton Twitter, Election Social Media 578 Followers

Wes Gullett

Wes Gullett Facebook Page, Election Social Media 757 Friends
Wes Gullett Twitter, Election Social Media 234 Followers

Peggy Neely

Peggy Neely Facebook Page, Election Social Media 507 Friends
Peggy Neely Twitter, Election Social Media 450 Followers

Jennifer Wright

Jennifer Wright Facebook Page, Election Social Media 494 Friends
Jennifer Wright Twitter, Election Social Media 126 Followers

Anna Brennan

Anna Brennan Facebook Page, Election Social Media 101 Friends
Anna Brennan Twitter, Election Social Media 40 Followers

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Election Voting Dates & Times:

Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday, August 29, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 30 (Election Day), 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Election social media — is it important to winning an election? What do you think?
Do you think the candidates’ social media pages, “friends” and “followers” have any impact on the election and who will win the mayoral race? Let us know. If it is, it looks like Mattox is leading the pack.


Mayor's Office or FirstStrategic

FirstStrategic Or Mayor’s Office? Mattox Says Gullett Must Choose

FirstStrategic or Mayor’s Office?

Claude Mattox is calling on mayoral candidate Wes Gullet to explain in detail how he intends to fulfill the duties of the mayor’s office while he remains a partner in the lobbying firm, FirstStrategic, that represents clients doing business with the city, neighboring communities and the state government.

During a televised debate sponsored by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce last evening, Gullett said that he intends to maintain a financial interest in FirstStrategic in the event that he is elected mayor.

“Wes needs to tell the voters of Phoenix if he intends to represent them or continue to look out for the interests of the photo-radar companies, billboard companies, utilities, private water companies, developers and the home-building industry his firm has represented over the years,” Mattox said.

Under Gullet’s planned arrangement, he will “take a leave of absence” but maintain his financial stake in the firm. When questioned about the conflicts of interest after Monday night’s televised debate, Gullett called the discussion “much ado about nothing.”

“You can’t take a leave of absence from ethics,” Mattox said. “At a time when lobbying scandals are routine in Washington, and the Fiesta Bowl scandal has ensnared both elected officials and lobbyists at the state capital, do we really want this climate to infiltrate City Hall too? This isn’t just a matter of the fox guarding the hen house. This is the fox having an office and staff in the hen house.”

Gullett’s determination to maintain his financial interest in his lobbying firm should he be elected raises numerous possible scenarios and an almost incalculable number of questions. Among them include:

  • As mayor, will Gullett need to abstain from every vote, involving building codes, development standards, and even planned residential development, because FirstStrategic represents the home-building industry?
  • How can Gullett obtain cooperation and secure regional agreements on transportation and economic development issues with the mayors of neighboring communities while FirstStrategic is lobbying and protecting the interest of clients in those same communities?
  • With Gullett sitting in the mayor’s office on the 11th floor of City Hall and still getting a paycheck from his lobbying firm, how will city staff and council be able to objectively address issues brought to them by other FirstStrategic partners and their lobbying clients?
  • How will Gullett manage to work with the Arizona Legislature and forcefully represent the interest of Phoenix residents while his lobbying firm is representing special interest at the Capitol?


“It’s an old adage, but so true: you cannot serve two masters,” Mattox said. “Wes needs to tell the people of Phoenix that should he be elected mayor, he will be fully committed to represent them, and not his special interest clients.”