Peggy Neely and Greg Stanton Show Early Leads in Phoenix Mayor's Race, Poll Reveals

Categories: Election 2011
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Four candidates vying for the Mayor's Office in Phoenix City Hall.
It's way early in the Phoenix mayor's race, but for political junkies wanting a glimpse of what might be, here are the results of a poll conducted by the Motola Group, a Phoenix based-public advocacy firm.

While some 40 percent of people report they are still undecided, of those who have decided, well, it's good news for Councilwoman Peggy Neely and former Councilman Greg Stanton, two of the four candidates vying for the mayor's post.

Of those surveyed, 23.8 percent said they planned to vote for Neely, and 17 percent backed Stanton. Councilman Claude Mattox nabbed 11.2 percent, and Phoenix lobbyist Wes Gullett came in last with 8.2 percent.


The survey, conducted between between January 24 and January 28, reached 500 registered voters in Phoenix who cast a ballot in at least the past three city election and are likely to vote in a 2011 local election.

Neely
Neely, who formed her exploratory committee in May 2010, has served on the Phoenix City Council since 2001. The most recent campaign finance reports show that she has raised $104,000 through December 31. Since then, her exploratory campaign has raised another $125,000, giving her a  about $230,000.





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Stanton
Stanton, who just formed his mayoral committee in December 2010, served as a Phoenix councilman from 2000 until 2009. He resigned to serve as an Arizona deputy attorney general.

Although his campaign kitty of nearly $80,000 was emptied by Mindy Shields, his former treasurer and daughter of influential Phoenix lobbyist Billy Shields, the Stanton for Mayor campaign appears to have recovered.

According to the Arizona Guardian:

Billy Shields, the former leader of the politically powerful Phoenix Firefighter's Association, deposited two checks totaling $80,000 into the "Friends of Greg Stanton" account, Stanton and his attorney Hector Diaz said Wednesday.
Both checks, they said, were deposited in the name of Shields' daughter, Mindy Shields, who was the former treasurer of Stanton's account and is accused of embezzling the money.


Stanton has raised another $60,000 since he first announced his bid for mayor. His grand total is about $140,000.

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Mattox
Mattox has served on the Phoenix City Council since 2000, and he first formed his exploratory committee for mayor more than a year ago in October 2009. He made official his bid for mayor in January.

During that time, his campaign has raised almost $130,000. The rest of his money -- about $250,000 -- was carried over from his previous council races, giving him about $380,000.



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Gullett
Wes Gullett, who served three years on the Phoenix Planning Commission, set up his campaign for mayor on November 11. Gullett's campaign-finance report show that he has raised nearly $57,000 through December 31, the end of the most recent reporting period. Since then, his camp has raised another $43,000, for a total of about $100,000.

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11 comments
Julieandave95
Julieandave95

This is a laughable as the channel three poll showed Jennifer Wright at 47% and peggy neely in second at 42% and that was just over a hour ago.Tell the truth when you put it in print.

mike j
mike j

where does the tea bagger bitch stand?

JWC
JWC

How is it that a lobbyist can donate $80,000 to a campaign in the name of his daughter, who happened to embezzle a similar amount from the campaign, while Stanton is attempting to have charges dropped? 

vinceclortho1
vinceclortho1

Don't we have enough manly-looking female politicians from Arizona?

Bikeguy
Bikeguy

Only Mattox has experience with REdevelopment, especially in challenging neighborhoods which is now THE game in this town after fifty+ years of development.

JLewis
JLewis

A Neely-Stanton runoff would be exciting. Neely with developer money and Stanton with neighborhood support.

Joe Ellis
Joe Ellis

Gullett and Mattox are in trouble...

Kim Milton
Kim Milton

This story is based on such a small group and all of the candidates have a following so they're all contenders. Only Claude, Greg and Wes are in the running, Peggy is only exploring for now.

Kim Milton
Kim Milton

I gladly support Claude. He’ll make a great mayor!

Michael Kuznar
Michael Kuznar

Phoenix needs a leader right now. Hopefully the best man or woman wins.

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Dogtum
Dogtum

What is Wes Gullett hiding behind that red beard?

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