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Date Set For Peoria Special Election

Peoria is holding a special election ordered by federal court for the Mesquite District City Council seat. Candidate Ken Krieger’s name was left off the original primary election ballot. 

The date for the special primary election is set for November 4. The same day as the general election for all other races. The two candidates with the most votes will move on to a general election March 10. Ben Toma currently represents the Mesquite District on the Peoria City Council and one of the candidates running in the special election.

Ben Toma's attorney is Tim Lasota. He said the judge ruled against the proposal of having all three candidates runoff in a November election.

“The judge agreed that his ruling should to the best extent possible not interfere with Arizona’s election laws which do in fact call for a primary and general election in the case of cities,” Lasota said.  

The judge set the date for the special election just in time. The deadline for printing ballots for Nov. 4 is Friday. The special election will shorten the elected city council member’s term by four months.

Alexandra Olgin was a Senior Field Correspondent at KJZZ from 2013 to 2016.