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Phoenix Recall Election Of Councilman Michael Nowakowski Called Off

Michael Nowakowski
City of Phoenix
Michael Nowakowski.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge stopped the recall electionof Councilman Michael Nowakowski on Tuesday.

The Urban Phoenix Project PAC collected enough signatures to force a recall election against Councilman Michael Nowakowski.

Nowakowski represents parts of downtown and southwest Phoenix.

A spokesperson for Nowakowski issued a statement via email.  

"I am pleased to hear of the judge's decision regarding the recall challenge. I thank God and greatly appreciate the support of my family and so many in the community through this process, and invite those who were working on the recall effort to meet so we can begin to work together to find ways to make Phoenix and particularly District 7 an even better place to live and have a business."

Nowakowski’s sister, Rosa Maria Morales, challenged the initiative’s validity in court, claiming the PAC didn’t follow Arizona’s strict technical rules for collecting recall signatures. Essentially, problems with the paperwork.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Rosa Mroz agreed with two of three objections and halted the recall.

The PAC, which says online it represents the interests of urbanists, could appeal the decision. KJZZ sent the organization a request for comment.

Mariana Dale rustles up stories as a senior field correspondent based out of KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau in Tempe. She’s followed a microphone onto cattle ranches, to the Dominican Republic and many places in between. Dale believes in a story’s strength to introduce us to diverse perspectives, inspire curiosity and hold public leaders accountable for their actions. She started at KJZZ on the digital team in 2016 and still spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage with our community online. Dale has learned from stints at Arizona Public Media, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic and as an intern at NPR’s Morning Edition in Culver City. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Dale is grateful for the mentoring of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program and AIR’s New Voices Scholars. A desert native, she loves spending time outside hiking, tending to her cactus and reading.