John Giles (mayor)
|40th Mayor of Mesa|
|Assumed office |
September 18, 2014
|Preceded by||Scott Smith |
Alex Finter (acting)
|Born||1959/1960 (age 61–62)|
Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
|Education||Brigham Young University (BA)|
Arizona State University, Tempe (JD)
John C. Giles (born 1960) is an American politician serving as the 40th mayor of Mesa, Arizona. Giles previously served as a member of the Mesa City Council from 1996 to 2000. Giles was elected mayor of Mesa in a special election following the resignation of then-Mayor Scott Smith.
Early life and education
Giles was born in Mesa, Arizona. He graduated from Westwood High School in 1978. He attended Brigham Young University, graduating with a political science degree in 1984. Giles received his law degree from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in 1987.
He was elected to the Mesa City Council in 1996, serving until 2000, including a term as vice mayor from 1998 until 2000.
Following Mayor Scott Smith's resignation in 2014, Giles was elected mayor in a special election, for a term lasting until 2017. He was sworn in on September 18, 2014. In 2016, Giles was reelected to a full four-year term, which is set to last until 2021.
Giles is a registered Republican, although the position of mayor is officially nonpartisan. He has a leadership role as a trustee in the United States Conference of Mayors. He reportedly encouraged former Senator Jeff Flake to run for president in 2016.
Giles and his wife, Dawn, have five children and eight grandchildren.
|Nonpartisan||T. Farrell Jensen||15,949||21.2%|
|Nonpartisan||Dana B. Harper||10,053||13.4%|
|Nonpartisan||T. Farrell Jensen||11,861||13.1%|
|Nonpartisan||Dana B. Harper||9,635||10.6%|
|Nonpartisan||Michael D. Whiting||9,196||10.1%|
|Nonpartisan||David A. Wier||5,403||6.0%|
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