Black Community In Phoenix Loses City Council Seat It Controlled for Nearly 50 Years

Categories: Election 2013

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Pastor Warren Stewart speaks to his supporters during an Election Night gathering.
A seat on the Phoenix City Council held for nearly five decades by an African American was lost today.

Kate Widland Gallego handily beat her opponent, Pastor Warren Stewart, with nearly 63 percent of the vote to represent District 8, a predominately Latino district.

In a concession speech, Stewart congratulated Widland Gallego on her victory and said he prays that she "will connect with all of the residents of District 8, especially those who have expressed ... during this campaign that they are tired of being ignored and feel like "second-class Phoenicians."

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Laura Pastor and Kate Widland Gallego
Stewart said those residents feel city has neglected to "equitably address the pressing needs of the underserved residents of the district, many of whom are people of color."

Phoenix election officials are reporting that, based on unofficial results, District 4 candidate Laura Pastor and District 8 candidate Kate Gallego are still leading -- with 51.76 and 62.47 percent of the vote respectively.

There are still about 4,000 ballots that have to be processed, and there may still may be others that were dropped off at Maricopa County polling places. It will take a few days for those to get kicked back to the city, according to election officials. .

Counting will resume on Wednesday morning and election crews expect to have the remaining ballots counted by November 8.

Council District 4
Justin Johnson - 6,810 (48.24 percent)
Laura Pastor - 7,308 (51.76 percent).

Council District 8
Kate Gallego - 7,183 (62.47 percent)
Warren Stewart - 4,316 (37.53 percent).


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ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Well the African American community couldn't get a black sheriff candidate made a captain back in the 1970s with their Hood Preachers, what makes you think they can do anything now.  It's because they don't work well with others - witness the whole anti-gay thing with Warren Stewart.  Go to the black churches on Sunday mornings and you'll get fire and brimstone anti-gay messages all the time, anti-abortion too.

The worst thing I think the black folks do is cheer on Arpaio in his war on hispanic immigrants!  Time and again in various venues in the black community, Arpaio's getting praised for "doing his job"!  I've had to leave conversations because I was so pissed!

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Good riddance, last time i looked, district 8 wasnt an all black district. The less racists on city council, the better.

1wayfaringpilgrim
1wayfaringpilgrim

"Black Community in Phoenix loses City Council seat . . . "  The black community lost nothing.  They simply elected a new person to represent them.

raquib
raquib

Having come from The City of Chicago, where it's customary to have representation of the community in which you represent. Been here sixteen summers. And have lived and worked in south mountain for over 12 years. The problem I see, is that it's the same usual suspects making the same mistakes and expecting a different  result. When you really need to make changes. You go to the big boys , When you need money, you go to people who have your best interest at heart, and belief in what you are trying to accomplish and quite naturally will get what they need from you in the long run. You bring in people who know how to run a campaign. The demographics have changed, the dyconmy has change.  The South side of Phoenix needs people who will task them selves with making real economic changes, better housing, better jobs and bring in jobs to the Southside. This old cronyism and what's in for me is really not how you get things done. Sorry really not about race, its about getting the job done, and being on top of your community and making elvoluninary changes. Stop, whining  and dinning. See what you did wrong. Then prepare to make drastic changes. Work constantly to build the community as a whole. And make sure that we hold the new Council person accountable to our needs.

raquib
raquib

Coming from the City of Chicago, where representations were always required to run in the first place. It's no surprise that the race in District 8 wasn't ran properly and by people whom had no past experience in politics or the ability to get out the vote. And it takes Real money. Too make the world go round. That's why it's called politics, not popularity or race politics.  We have had people of colour in office for over fifty years. I am not a native, lived here Sixteen summers, and see the same usual suspects playing the same crying games of unfairness and disenfranchisement. The 8th . District has some real economic problems. Time to see if the new face in the crowd can step up and change the economic structure and real estate failures that have continually to plague the Southside of Phoenix. People need jobs and good place and safe place to live and worship.

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand

So, who cares ? Are seats supposed to remain the property of any one race or ethnic group ?

Michael Schilling
Michael Schilling

Congratulations to the town Higley. Your IGNORANT citizens just signed the death warrant for one of the top school districts in the state. Good luck attracting quality, talented teachers, with possibly the lowest base salary in the country. You hear that sound??? That's the sound of teachers leaving the district because they can't afford a 17.5% pay cut. Bravo Higley, Bravo....

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Caring about the race of your representative is racism, by definition.

Differentiating between two people based on their races is, again by definition, "racial discrimination".

The concept of "minority" is not included in the definitions of these terms.

All minorities need to be treated fairly by all majorities.  Ideally, "fairness" doesn't need to involve racism or discrimination.


pumpkinpierules
pumpkinpierules

Stewart's campaign-before and after the primary-were run by folks who did not know how to campaign. They relied on the black vote which was not in the majority. They could not even get the black vote out and made minimal inroads to other communities. They wasted their money. They could have played up the role of Stewart as his being a good businessman. And while they beat Robinson in the primary, it was dune so roughly, he and his supporters could not support Stewart.

SickAndTired
SickAndTired

Money wins and poor people lose. That's the way this game is played.  Fannie Lou Hamer was right, its about the COLOR OF MONEY.   (Google it so see what I'm talking about)

jimtheump
jimtheump

@valleynative Racism is about believing that one's own race is superior, or holding a hatred or intolerance of other races. Caring about the race of your representative is hardly racism. We have a representative government -- a government that should represent the people it serves. There should be as much racial and cultural variety in our government as there is in our communities. In most parts of America that has never been reality.

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

@pumpkinpierules Stewart's campaign accepted a $450 contribution (max allowable) from David Cantelme. That alone should have been the kiss of death for the campaign.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@SickAndTired  

Money can only buy access to communication media.  If the voters are foolish enough to vote for the person whose face is most familiar, the people are at fault.

ItsOnlyFourYears
ItsOnlyFourYears

@SickAndTired I'm interested to see how much money was spent by each candidate and where the money came from.  Doesn't matter now, the election is over, but I do agree with your analysis and my inquiry is only to satisfy my curiosity.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@jimtheump @valleynative  

No, racism is believing that race is a quality by which people should be differentiated.  Superior/inferior isn't a factor.

The diversity of our representation should match the community, for the most part, but achieving that goal must not involve racism.

jimtheump
jimtheump

@valleynative You are creating your own definition of racism. I prefer the dictionary for that.

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