Phoenix City Elections Offer Few Contests for Political Offices but Two Contested Ballot Propositions

LBN’s Bob Donley notes that August has returned, and with it comes municipal elections, including in Phoenix. This election will be one of the least competitive in the last fifteen years. The biggest contests on the ballot are two initiative proposals.

In the mayor’s race, Greg Stanton—seeking a second term—has two challengers. One of them, Matt Jette, proposes to use local college campuses to stimulate the economy. The other, Anna Brennan, says she will use her business experience to help create jobs by making Phoenix more business friendly. Four city council members are running for reelection, but only one of them is actually in question. Daniel Valenzuela is being challenged by Felix Garcia. The other three seats are uncontested. The predictable low turnout for an election like this one should help the incumbents.

The tougher question relates to a pair of ballot proposals. Proposition 103 is aimed at helping the city better manage its growing pension deficiency and better balance the budget. Opponents say it is anti-labor. The other issue is Proposition 104, usually referred to as the transit tax. [Note: Proposition 104 has been the subject of previous reports on LBN, including this one.] The proposal is a 35-year plan to increase and expand sales taxes.

The promise is that light rail and bus service would improve and potholes would be fixed. Critics, on the other hand, say the tax proposal is a “billion dollar boondoggle,” throwing good money after bad. They say that the tax proposal would not do what is promised.

The election is August 25, 2015.

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