Stanton cheers with the crowd at Levine Machine Tuesday, Nov. 8, shortly after hearing election results. 

Allison Hurtado

After a tough election and a short time to prepare, Phoenix's new mayor, Greg Stanton, will officially take office on Jan. 3.

The inauguration will take place Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. at Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. in Phoenix. Stanton will take his oath of office and then conduct the oath of office for the re-elected council members, Thelda Williams, Bill Gates and Michael Nowakowski, as well as newly-elected councilman Daniel Valenzuela.

Stanton did not want to reveal too much of what he plans to announce during his inaugural speech, but he said Phoenix residents could expect him to keep focus on the issues he brought up during his campaign.

"You're going to see a renewed commitment to sustainability and making sure the city is a leader in sustainability," Stanton said. "Not just environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, social sustainability in terms of fighting homelessness ... and education sustainability. We're going to take this whole idea of community. It's not just environmental sustainability, although that is important. We want to make sure it permeates every decision we make within the city."

Stanton also promised to have a relentless focus on Phoenix's economy and making sure it can withstand some economic hardships better than it has.

As for his first few days in office, Stanton said he doesn't expect to spend much time inside Phoenix City Hall.

"I'll be visiting a lot of places in the city of Phoenix that represent my priorities including education, working with the diverse communities of the city, human services and non-profits and talking to them," Stanton said. "I'm not going to spend my first few days inside City Hall, I'm going to spend it outside City Hall or out in the community where I should be."

Parking for the inauguration is available at the Wells Fargo Bank Plaza or the Renaissance Garage, Phoenix City Hall Garage off Fourth Avenue or Jefferson Street, or First American Title surface lot on the north side of Monroe Street between Second and Third avenues. For more information on the ceremony call Joey Casto at (602) 256-3186.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com

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