Peggy Neely and Greg Stanton Show Early Leads in Phoenix Mayor's Race, Poll Reveals
|Four candidates vying for the Mayor's Office in Phoenix City Hall.|
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.
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.
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.