7 candidates vying to become next Phoenix mayor

AP News
Posted: Aug 30, 2011 6:38 AM
7 candidates vying to become next Phoenix mayor

Three people with Phoenix City Council experience are among seven candidates vying to become the new mayor of the nation's sixth-largest city.

Election results will be released after the polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

A run-off election will be held Nov. 7 if no candidate receives a majority of the votes. The winner takes office Jan. 3.

It's been almost three decades since Phoenix has had a mayoral election as competitive as this year's race.

Voters will decide who replaces Phil Gordon, who's been mayor since 2004 but is ineligible to run again because of the city's two-term limit.

Candidates include former city council members Peggy Neely and Greg Stanton and current councilman Claude Mattox. Others are political consultant Wes Gullett, attorney Jennifer Wright, business owner Anna Brennan and write-in candidate Thane Eichenauer.