The Fire Fighters have endorsed Phoenix City Councilman Claude Mattox as the next mayor of Phoenix because of his support of public safety issues and tireless commitment to keeping citizens—and neighborhoods—safe.

On Wednesday, fire fighters held a press conference at the Phoenix City Employee Memorial in downtown Phoenix to publicly endorse Mattox. The mayoral election is on Aug. 30.

Mattox currently is chair of the Phoenix City Council Subcommittee on Public Safety and Veteran’s Affairs. He also was instrumental in securing the Safer Grant, a federal grant awarded in 2008 which allowed the city to hire more than two dozen firefighters in January with an additional 40 firefighters to begin in October.

MaFire Fighters endorse Phoenix City Councilman Claude Mattox as the next mayor of Phoenixttox also regularly spends time walking door-to-door with local fire fighters educating his constituents on the importance of working smoke detectors as well as water safety and drowning prevention. When Mattox was first elected to the City Council in 2000, his district contained the highest number of child drownings in the country. That number has been reduced dramatically and continues to improve.

“Claude is so committed to this effort that he regularly fundraises on our behalf to quell the number of drownings in our community,” said Rich Woerth, PFFA representative. “He raises money for pool fences and water safety programs and gives to the fire fighter charities and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. That just tells you what kind of a guy Claude is, and what kind of a mayor he will be.”

The fire fighters’ endorsement is the latest addition to a lengthy list of business icons, community leaders and elected officials to give their nod to Mattox, including Jerry Colangelo and former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson.

Mattox’s campaign is focused on safe neighborhoods, quality schools, and career jobs. This is what Mattox has focused his efforts on ever since joining the Council in 2000 as he has represented the most economically-diverse district in the city.

WHAT: Fire fighters endorse Claude Mattox as next mayor of Phoenix
WHO: Rich Woerth, Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona representative Claude Mattox
WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 9
WHERE: City Employee Memorial (just east of Phoenix City Hall)

Claude Mattox is competing with City Councilwoman Peggy Neely, former City Councilman Greg Stanton and political consultant Wes Gullett in the mayor’s race.

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