Mayor, City Council Districts 1, 4, 5 and 7, and four Propositions will be on the ballot
If you’re one of the few remaining readers of the Arizona Republic, you might have felt a bit like Rip Van Winkle Sunday morning. Although the Phoenix City Election is scheduled for Aug. 25, the newspaper has already called the mayoral race in a presumptuous editorial titled, “Stanton’s second act.” When he was elected in 2011, Greg Stanton received a joint congratulatory call from Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano.
The newspaper dismisses 2016 challengers as “unknown,” finding them not worthy of mention in the lengthy opinion piece. We support Anna Brennan, who clearly has an uphill battle —- as did conservative Prof. David Brat who toppled House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, after being outspent $5.7 million to $231,000.
Although the mayor and council purport to be politically unaffiliated, it’s a foolish guise. Even the leftwing newspaper referred to Greg Stanton as a “progressive,“ the preferred terminology of liberals trying to sound forward thinking. The editorial was notable for admitting “he was lifted to office on the shoulders of public sector labor unions, especially police and fire.” The editorial bemoans what it references in these words, “Stanton has been afforded few opportunities to reward his political benefactors.”
There are countless problems that affect Phoenix. First and foremost, Stanton presides over a Sanctuary City. The Republic gives him accolades in this bizarre manner, “If this mayor is famous for nothing else, it is his efforts to refashion Phoenix as a walkable town.” Seriously.
It’s not by accident that liberals like Greg Stanton get elected in the nation’s sixth largest city in a red state. Voter turnout is notoriously low during August in Phoenix. Many residents have not yet returned from their summer vacations, contributing to the often 20+ percent participation. The solid voting blocs are those reliable unions who “lifted him on their shoulders“: police, fire fighters and unionized teachers. Stir into that mix other City of Phoenix employees, and the outcome becomes obvious as special interest groups disproportionately influence the vote to the left.
General participation would be greater and the costs lowered if city elections were consolidated with state and federal elections rather than off-year stand-alones. Keeping them as they are is doubtless part of the status quo strategy.
Americans for Prosperity answers the questions and exposes the fallacies about Arizona ballot Proposition 104. SRAZ urges a NO vote against doubling the city transit tax over 35 years and spending over $31 billion on the unaccountable light rail expansion. Notice all of the campaign signs in support and none in opposition? That alone tells who has the money and benefits from the expansion. The Arizona Free Enterprise Club recently released its study on the Phoenix Transit Plan Tax Hike.
Take time to arm yourself with the facts. Prop. 104 deserves a NO vote. Find your City Council District here.
There are four Propositions on the ballot, 100, 102, 103 and 104 which is discussed in this post. Watch for those related to union pension spiking and reforms in future reports.