In August Phoenix District 6 voters could vote for a new representative, but current City Councilman Sal DiCiccio said he’s excited for the change he’s seen in the past year and isn’t through yet.
On Aug. 27, Phoenix will hold an election for new council representatives for Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8.
“I haven’t officially announced, but I don’t see any reason for me not to be running for the City Council,” DiCiccio said. “We’ve been incredibly accomplished in this last year.”
The Ahwatukee Foothills resident said many of the items on his reform agenda have been accomplished in the past year. The city has started to use a zero-based budget, which Councilwoman Thelda Williams headed up; there have been no water or sewer rate increases; no property tax increases for the past three years; and DiCiccio and Councilman Tom Simplot’s task force on job creation passed significant measures to make starting a business in Phoenix much easier.
This year, DiCiccio plans to focus on making domestic violence a priority and improving trade with Mexico.
There was an effort to have DiCiccio recalled in 2011 that was ultimately cancelled. DiCiccio said he expects this election to be rough, but he has already begun to prepare.
“You can’t do what I’ve been doing and not be prepared,” DiCiccio said. “That’s the dilemma why a lot of things never get done in government. It takes this much effort to get your reform packages through. I’ve gotten a significant amount through.”
DiCiccio said he’s heard rumors that this will be one of the most expensive elections in city of Phoenix history.
Residents interested in running in the August election can pick up information now on the 15th floor of Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St. The materials include information about candidacy, nomination procedure, required election forms, and applicable State Statutes and City Code provisions. The information will be reviewed with each candidate and then provided on a compact disc, which will include all the forms.
At the present time, the ballot is not expected to have any other ballot measures. Any other ballot measures will have to be provided to the City Council by April. If no ballot measures are sent to council, the election will only take place in even-numbered districts. This election will be conducted using voting.
Feb. 28 is the earliest date that electors can sign nomination petitions. Candidates may file nomination papers beginning April 29. May 29 is the last date candidates may file nomination papers.
For more information on the election, visit phoenix.gov/elections.
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