Former Councilman Wins Special Mayoral Election
PHOENIX (AP) _ Real estate broker and former City Councilman Skip Rimsza won a special mayoral election, collecting nearly twice as many votes as his nearest competitor.
Rimsza, a Republican who left the council to run for mayor, got 56.6 percent of the vote, or 45,522 votes, in the non-partisan balloting Tuesday. Former Councilwoman Linda Nadolski got 29.7 percent, or 23,875 votes.
Businesswoman G.G. George got 6,412 votes, or 8 percent, and political activist Greg Campbell had 4,595 votes, or 5.71 percent.
Rimsza will serve the final year of the term of Paul Johnson, who resigned in March to run for governor. He lost in the Sept. 13 primary. A regular election is set for next year.
As in many western cities, the Phoenix mayor isn’t the chief administrative officer. The mayor presides over the City Council, which appoints a city manager to run the government.
The four candidates campaigned primarily on issues of crime and urban growth. Rimsza supports community-based policing. While on the council, he voted in favor of a gun ban for minors and a city curfew for juveniles.
City officials said 15.9 percent of the eligible voters turned out for the election.