2018 Phoenix Mayoral Debate excerpts
Kate Gallego, Democrat — former City Council member — resigned to run for mayor. She’s a devout amnesty advocate. She is also expressed support of the outrageous idea of Phoenix raising its water rates to generate an additional $1.5 billion to make updates to the existing system.
You can tell a lot about a candidate by checking out their endorsement list. Gallego’s makes her even more unacceptable. Far leftists, unions, discredited liberals and abortion supporters are front and center. She even showcases the endorsement of her former husband, far left congressman Ruben Gallego, whom she divorced while she was expecting their first child.
Daniel Valenzuela, Democrat — former City Council member — resigned to run for mayor. Oddly, he says he’ll keep his full-time, 40-hour-a-week job as a Glendale firefighter if elected mayor of the nation’s sixth largest city. That’s a trick that rivals Houdini’s best efforts. Those city-funded pensions that are breaking the taxpayer’s backs, are a greater lure than being mayor. Valenzuela needs to make a choice. Though it seems impossible, his endorsements are even more chilling than Kate Gallego‘s.
Nicholas Sarwark, chairman of the Libertarian National Committee, is a former public defender, and runs a pre-owned auto business begun by his grandfather. His campaign “events” page has none listed, and shows him addressing a nearly empty room. Sarwark needs a course on the importance of optics.
Moses Sanchez, the only Republican in the race, scored with the best quote from the Channel 12 televised debate:
“If you think the last decade of dysfunctional, failed leadership is the best thing we can do, you have other options. I believe we could do better. I believe we can create a city that puts her residents first. I believe it’s going to take an outsider who’s led in the military, in the classroom and in the boardroom. I believe you deserve better than what you’ve been getting,”
An Ahwatukee resident who rated enthusiastic coverage in the Ahwatukee Foothills News, Sanchez — who refreshingly is not a recycled council member — identifies himself as a Navy veteran, immigrant, educator and small business owner. His wife, Dr. Maria Manriquez, is a gynecologist who is the associate dean for clinical curricular affairs at the University of Arizona’s Phoenix medical school.
Candidate’s opening statements: (Video).
How to fix homeless problem: (Video).
Fixing the Phoenix pension problem: (Video).