Phoenix City Council

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The Phoenix City Council consists of a mayor and eight city council members. While the mayor is elected in a citywide election, city council members are elected by votes only in the districts they represent, with both the mayor and councillors serving four year terms.[1] The current mayor of Phoenix is Thelda Williams, a Republican who was appointed to serve until a special election can be held to replace Greg Stanton, who resigned to run for Congress.[2] In setting city policy and passing rules and regulations, the mayor and city council members each have equal voting power.[1]


Before 1948, the city of Phoenix was governed by commission. In 1948, the system was changed to a city council with a mayor selected by plurality-at-large voting in nonpartisan elections. In 1982, the election system was changed so that councilors represented districts.[3]


Councillor Jim Waring
District Council Members Party (officially nonpartisan)
Mayor Thelda Williams (interim) Republican
District 1 Vice mayor Thelda Williams Republican
District 2 Jim Waring Republican
District 3 Debra Stark Democratic
District 4 Laura Pastor Democratic
District 5 Vania Guevara Democratic
District 6 Sal DiCiccio Republican
District 7 Michael Nowakowski Democratic
District 8 Felicita Mendoza Democratic


  1. ^ a b "Official Site of the City of Phoenix- About the Phoenix City Council". Archived from the original on May 16, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "Officof Mayor Thelda Williams". Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Dilworth, Richard (2011). Cities in American Political History. SAGE Publications. p. 608. ISBN 9780872899117. Retrieved 14 January 2016.