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

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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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Leading Ladies: Kate Widland Gallego Holds Significant Lead in District 8, Laura Pastor Has Slight Lead in District 4

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Laura Pastor vs. Justin Johnson

There are still votes to be counted.

But preliminary counts on Election Night show Laura Pastor in District 4 holding a slight lead over her opponent Justin Johnson.

Pastor has received 6,819 votes (52.11 percent), about a 4 percent lead over Johnson's 6,268 votes (47.89 percent).

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Four Election Night Victory Parties in Phoenix

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Dey via Flickr
Wanna celebrate with the winners, commiserate with the losers of Election Day?

The polls closed about 40 minutes ago and candidates should be basking in the well wishes of optimistic supporters at various locations throughout Phoenix.


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Election Day for Phoenix Council Districts 4, 8

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It's Election Day.

The truth is that most voters have cast their ballots early in the District 4 and District 8 elections. The voters will decide who is going to represent residents throughout central and south Phoenix on the City Council.

But the polls close at 7 p.m. tonight, and that means candidates who've been battling for about a year will have to wait a few more hours for results. City election officials expect to post unofficial results online at about 8 p.m.

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Black Leaders Urge District 8 to Vote for Diversity in City Council Race

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Black leaders in Phoenix urge votes to choose Pastor Warren Stewart on November 5
There is precious little time to convince District 8 residents who haven't voted to cast their ballot on November 5 in favor of diversity -- that is, to vote for Pastor Warren Stewart over Kate Widland Gallego in Phoenix's council race.

For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Phoenix City Council faces the possibility of not having a black representative at the table. Councilman Michael Johnson, the only African-American on the council, is barred by term limits from running for re-election.

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Black Leaders Plan Rally at City Hall to Support Pastor Warren Stewart, Representative Equality in District 8 Council Race

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Pastor Warren Stewart at a campaign event.

Black leaders are holding a press conference today to urge voters to cast ballots on November 5 and to speak out against what they say are attempts to "turn back the clock on political representative equality."

Standing on the steps of the Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building, representatives are planning to make a final push of support for Pastor Warren Stewart to ensure that the sixth largest city in the nation will have a Black voice on the city council.


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Gila River Indian Community Boosting Support for District 4 Candidate Laura Pastor

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One of the campaign mailers paid for by the Gila River Indian Community in the Phoenix council race.

With just a couple weeks remaining until Election Day, a final round of mailers in support of District 4 council candidate Laura Pastor are arriving in Phoenix mailboxes.

They feature quotes from Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and State Representative Debbie McCune Davis, both who have endorsed Pastor's campaign. The fliers are paid for by the Gila River Indian Community.

Pastor is facing Justin Johnson in the November 5 election -- both candidates made it through a crowded, seven-way August primary with Pastor getting 4,030 votes to Johnson's 4,196 votes.

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Political Blows Still Flying In District 4 as Justin Johnson, Laura Pastor Enter Final Leg of Race

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Laura Pastor, Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson and Laura Pastor, candidates in the Phoenix City Council District 4 race, continued delivering some hefty jabs at each other as early voting got underway on Thursday.

Johnson, the son of former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, faces criticism over family properties that are vacant eye sores, for being vague about his family's numerous Valley corporations, and for casting favorable votes on development projects represented by the same individuals hosting a campaign fundraiser for him.

And, probably the most damning criticism stems from his own words during a candidate forum -- at which he admitted to donating money to every council member to grease the wheels, or as he put it, "make things smoother," for his development projects.


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Kate Widland Gallego's District 8 Campaign Responds to Fliers Delivering Political Attacks

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Political flier circulating in District 8.

Kate Widland Gallego's campaign manager, Lisa Fernandez, tells New Times that the political-attack fliers circulating in the district are "despicable."

The bright yellow fliers blast Widland Gallego, a candidate for the Phoenix City Council District 8 seat, for taking a $100 campaign contribution from Brian Murray, a consultant with Summit Group -- a firm that has represented Maricopa County Joe Arpaio, recalled Senate President Russell Pearce and other pro-SB 1070, anti-immigrant politicians.


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Mud-slinging Continues in South Phoenix's District 8 City Council Race

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One of the unsigned fliers circulating in District 8

A couple of campaign fliers circulating around District 8 slam Kate Widland Gallego for her ties to Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio's political allies -- and apparently for not being a minority.

One of the bright yellow fliers, tucked on doors of homes throughout the district, call the council candidate a "sell out" and urge voters to "follow the money."


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