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Phoenix City Council Shakeups Continue As Gallego Steps Down, Guevara Takes Seat

Vania Guevara
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Vania Guevara previously handled constituent services and community initiatives for the 5th District.

The Phoenix City Council shakeups continue. Councilmember Kate Gallego announced she’ll officially step down from her seat to run for mayor, a position left open when former mayor Greg Stanton left in May to run for Congress.

Councilmember Daniel Valenzuela also left his seat last month to run for the city’s top spot, and last week, the council cast a dramatic vote to replace him until the next elections in March.

In a surprise upset, Vania Guevara got the job.

With The Show to explain why it was an upset and what’s next for the council was the Arizona Republic’s Jessica Boehm, who covers City Hall.

Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.