Thelda Williams

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Thelda Williams
56th and 60th Mayor of Phoenix
Assumed office
May 29, 2018
Preceded by Greg Stanton
In office
March 29, 1994 – November 3, 1994
Preceded by John B. Nelson
Succeeded by Skip Rimsza
Personal details
Born (1941-06-30) June 30, 1941 (age 77)
Profession Politician

Thelda Williams is an American politician, and interim mayor of and current councilwoman in the city of Phoenix, Arizona.

Williams, who had served on the Phoenix city council since 1989, was selected by the council to serve as an interim mayor of the city on March 29, 1994, following the resignation of former mayor Paul Johnson. Johnson, who was announcing his candidacy for the office of Governor of Arizona, was forced to resign his position due to state law prohibiting current officeholders from seeking another office except in the last year of their term. Coincidentally, Johnson had first been elevated to the office of mayor under similar circumstances when former mayor Terry Goddard had resigned his office to run for governor in 1990.[1]

Williams chose not to seek election to the office of mayor during the 1994 special election, and resumed her duties as councilwoman on November 3, 1994. Williams chose to challenge the new incumbent Skip Rimsza for the office during the regular elections in 1995 but was defeated; having not run for reelection in her council seat, she left the city council in 1996. Williams ran for a new term in 2007 and was elected to a four-year term on the Phoenix city council on September 11, 2007. Williams was elected to another four-year term in 2011.[2]

Williams once again became interim mayor following the resignation of Greg Stanton, who resigned in order to run for U.S. Congress, on May 29, 2018.


  1. ^ "Dearth Watch". Phoenix New Times. 1994-09-29. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  2. ^ "Phoenix Voters Re-Elect Incumbent Thelda Williams, Select Newcomer Daniel Valenzuela". Phoenix New Times. 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2012-09-30.

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