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Phoenix Mayor Wins Re-Election

October 4, 1995

PHOENIX (AP) _ Mayor Skip Rimsza easily won re-election, collecting almost twice as many votes as his nearest challenger.

Unofficial results showed Rimsza had 49,443 votes, or 60 percent, to 27,158 votes, or 33 percent, for City Councilwoman Thelda Williams.

Rimsza, 40, won a special election in October 1994. Williams, 54, had filled in as interim mayor before Rimsza took office in January.

Three other challengers in the nonpartisan election split the remaining votes as 84,639 of the city’s 511,000 eligible voters _ 16.5 percent _ cast ballots.

Voting booths were deserted when the jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial returned its verdict.

``For a good half-hour, there was no one,″ said Earl Leonardo, an election judge at one polling site.

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.

Phoenix is the nation’s seventh-largest city.

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