Phoenix elections: Hodge Washington ousts Garcia, Robinson beats Stone
Voters elected two political newcomers to the City Council — retired Phoenix police assistant chief Kevin Robinson and local attorney Kesha Hodge Washington, unofficial race results show.
- They will take office April 17.
State of play: Hodge Washington defeated incumbent Council Member Carlos Garcia in District 8, which includes parts of south and downtown Phoenix.
- In District 6, Robinson beat Sam Stone, former chief of staff for Council Member Sal DiCiccio, who currently represents the district but was term-limited.
The intrigue: Mayor Kate Gallego may have been the biggest winner of the night. Replacing DiCiccio and Garcia — the council's most conservative and most liberal members, respectively — should allow the mayor to build a more moderate coalition to support her political priorities.
- Gallego, a Democrat, has found herself fighting against a more progressive faction of the council — led by Garcia — for most of her tenure as mayor.
- She endorsed Hodge Washington after her impressive showing in the November general election, inciting even more tension on the council during the past four months.
1 rare thing: It's highly unusual for elected incumbent council members to lose a re-election race — it hasn't happened in at least two decades.
Of note: This'll be the first time in city history that Phoenix has two Black council members serving at once.
What we're watching: Garcia will serve through two more formal council meetings before Hodge Washington's inauguration.
- We expect Garcia's council allies to try to push through some of their priorities while they still have his vote — most notably, a controversial mobile home park zoning overlay that would stop the redevelopment of three parks.
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