Phoenix Mayoral Candidate Wes Gullett Challenges Opponent Greg Stanton to at Least 15 Debates

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

What has been a contentious race only promises to heat up as the two finalists -- former Councilman Greg Stanton and Phoenix lobbyist Wes Gullett -- in the Phoenix mayor's race work to distinguish themselves and prove they are best suited for the job.

Both candidates kicked it up during their Election Night rallies even before the night was over.

Stanton proclaimed to his supporters that he was going to "shake things up at City Hall" and break it free of the powerful influence lobbyists have over elected officials.

He told his supporters they had to work harder in the final stretch of the race to prevent handing the keys to City Hall to lobbyists (that is, Gullett).

Gullett chuckles and says that lobbyists have had those keys for decades.

But he says he is a "long-shot outsider up against the status quo of Phoenix, aiming to challenge the old way of doing business with new ideas and fresh eyes."

Gullett says that "if Greg wants to go to the gutter, then let him go."

He criticizes Stanton for putting out several attack pieces "all about me being a lobbyist" in the final days of the race.

"I couldn't have been hit any harder," Gullett says. "And guess what? Voters said, 'We like this guy. He's focused on the economy."

Stanton notes that Gullett set the tone in the race with his first campaign mailer that included negative ads about all of his opponents.

Gullett also fires at Stanton for "quitting the city council when he had tough votes" to make on behalf of the city.

Stanton left his city council post to take a job as Deputy Attorney General in 2009.

New Times points out that Gullett also abandoned his post on the planning commission when he decided to run in the mayor's race.

But it isn't the same thing, he insists.

"There is a big difference between leaving the planning commission, which is a volunteer, appointed position, and leaving a position that you ran for and are getting paid for," he says.

Before the night was over, Gullett challenged Stanton to at least 15 debates, one in each of the city's urban villages.

Gullett wants to have "as many debates as we can schedule during this 70 day sprint to the finish ... to give voters across the city the chance to compare our vision, records of achievement, and positions on the issues."

Stanton welcomes the opportunity to talk about his track record and about changing the culture at City Hall.

"It's not about the candidates, it's about people's confidence that their mayor is serving their interest, not the interest of clients" with deep pockets, Stanton says, adding that he will serve the interests of Phoenix residents.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.