PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) — A new Phoenix mayor will be voted in for the first time since Greg Stanton in 2012.
Four candidates are in the running: Kate Gallego, Moses Sanchez, Nicholas Sarwark, and Daniel Valenzuela.
The Special Election was called on after former mayor Stanton announced his bid for Congressional District 9. An official resignation was issued to Phoenix City County in late May.
A runoff election will result if one candidate does not receive at least 50 percent of the vote come Election Day.
“People involved in all sides of City of Phoenix politics believe this is highly likely, given the dynamics in the race for Phoenix mayor” says Stan Barnes, Arizona political consultant.
The runoff race would take place on Tuesday, March 12. Two of the four candidates will be chosen, based off Wednesday’s numbers, to determine a final ballot.
Leading up to March, Arizonans will likely observe a shift in campaigning. Candidates will be focusing on efforts to maintain their numbers while appealing to voters who voted for the other two candidates, whom didn’t make the final ballot.
Election spectators are keeping a close eye on this race.
If a runoff election results due to the margin of victory unmet, “it should solidify this as the most expensive race in Phoenix Council history,” said Barnes.
By the end of June, Gallego alone raised more than one million campaign dollars. Collectively, over two million dollars was raised at that time between the four candidates, according to public filings.
Councilperson Thelda Williams has been serving as interim mayor and will continue if the runoff election is set to occur.
Once elected, the 60th mayor of Phoenix’s term will run through Jan. 2, 2020.