Phx. Dist. 3 runoff election: Dirty tactics pay off for Stark

This is not just an election with consequences to those residing in District 3.  All Phoenix residents will be jeopardized by the votes that Debra Stark and the Democrat majority cast

Although the daily newspaper, clearly supportive of liberal Debra Stark, attributes her victory over Chris DeRose in Tuesday’s Phoenix City Council Dist. 3 runoff election to her focus on “quality-of-life issues such as repairing city infrastructure,” the facts speak for themselves.

Stark, the short-term interim appointee ran one of the dirtiest campaigns in memory, on par with John McCain’s blatant deception. Her numerous mailers repeatedly referred to author and former prosecuting attorney Chris DeRose as “a fraud” who “cannot be trusted.” One of the mailers posed as a legitimate tabloid size newspaper using the masthead, The Phoenix Press. It had sections labeled news, community, local, opinions and even a page devoted to entertainment, featuring an inane, self-serving crossword puzzle. The costly “newspaper” was a union effort on her behalf — the firefighter’s union — which has close ties to Democrat Mayor Greg Stanton.

Stark, also a Democrat,  was appointed to fill a vacancy on the council when Republican Bill Gates resigned to run for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. In his new perch, Gates remained silent during the campaign, not aiding his would-be successor in the north Phoenix district.  Councilmen Sal DiCiccio and Jim Waring both stepped up to endorse DeRose as did Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Congressman David Schweikert. Corporation Commissioners Tom Forese and Bob Stump, and House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro all endorsed Chris DeRose.

DeRose, who ran a quality, issues oriented campaign, opposes sanctuary city status for the City of Phoenix. Debra Stark, who slickly voted to table the issue until after the election, has denied her affinity for this disastrous equivocation.

So what went wrong in this GOP majority district? Traditionally city elections are low turnout affairs. This one for a single district was destined not to generate much interest. Unions turn out the vote. Women often vote for women. Voters don’t pay close enough attention to the issues. The result? Republicans are now in the minority on the city council of the capitol city of red state Arizona.

The grand hoax is that the mayor and council represent non-partisan positions. Everyone knows that charade to be nothing more than a political pretense. Debra Stark presents a stark example of the sham.

Continually updating election results can be seen here.

Seeing Red AZ has previously written about this District 3 City Council race:

March 6, 2017: Mudslinger in Dist. 3 Council runoff has familiar fingerprint

Feb. 16, 2017: Phx City Council runoff: Why it’s crucial to elect Chris DeRose


12 Responses to Phx. Dist. 3 runoff election: Dirty tactics pay off for Stark

  1. Observer says:

    Stark’s election changes the dynamic of the city of Phoenix to its detriment. Republicrat Thelda Williams consistently votes with the Dems. Except for Jim Waring and Sal DiCiccio, the rest of the council are agendized libs.

  2. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    Of course there’s a McCain connection to the lies that were told about Chris DeRose.. But it runs even deeper than noted here. Both DiCiccio and Waring previously worked for McCain. They’re the best we’ve got on the city council now, but remember their roots.

  3. Fed Up says:

    Disconnected voters buy into the garbage that is produced, bought and paid for by marginal candidates like “Deb” Stark. The rest of us have to suffer the consequences of their actions. It’s not just the residents of District 3 who will feel the brunt of this outcome. All of Phoenix will suffer as she votes with the other liberals on matters that affect all residents. I read that this skewed election outcome is the first time in three decades that a Dem has won in this Republican stronghold.

  4. MacBeth says:

    Republicans had a fine and accomplished candidate in Chris DeRose. Unfortunately, he was up against the McCain machine. That’s the bottom line. These colluders are worse than any Democrat, because they slither under the radar and work to undermine conservatives.

  5. Saguaro Sam says:

    Would be interesting to know how much $$$ she got in return for her soul.

    I can’t recall any politician who, after selling out to McCain, ever got to the big time—–except for Butch Napolitano.

  6. azgary says:

    BREAKING: McCain on the Senate floor, accuses Rand Paul of ‘working for Putin’

    Alternate Headline: Has McCain finally gone off the deep end? Here’s the video followed by a partial transcript:

    • MacBeth says:

      Thanks! Will watch now!

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      Here’s another.

      And the Senator from Arizona works for the Nazi collaborator, George Soros.

      Short article knocking the war hawk, McCain.

      Senile McCain On Rand Paul: “The Senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin” – Hidden Americans

      McCain is really a spectacle these days. Censure anyone?

    • Hunter says:

      I didn’t realize Montenegro is in Phoenix City Council District 3. Oh, it’s not. Perhaps this should have been posted as a separate blog entry. What, Gary is not an actual blogger on this site? He is just hijacking it. Hmmmmm. Well, I guess Gary’s thoughts on any issue are so important it’s critical that he post whatever he wants on someone else’s blog even if it is totally off topic. It’s a shame Gary doesn’t have his own blog to post his information to. I’ve heard they are free to set up; it’s really not that hard to do either. But some people seem to prefer squatting on other people’s property instead of getting their own.

  7. Kent says:

    Did someone gag Bill Gates? He was a popular city councilman. Why didn’t he endorse a Republican successor? Are partisan politics too much of a taint? I sure don’t think so. As the post says, non-partisan races are a hoax perpetrated on the sheeple.