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Republican Moses Sanchez announces bid for Phoenix mayorship

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PHOENIX — Republican Moses Sanchez has announced he will run as a mayoral candidate for the city of Phoenix.

Sanchez will run “because I believe Phoenix families deserve better than the status quo,” according to a message posted on his Twitter account on Jan. 16.

He is running for the seat held by current mayor Greg Stanton, who intends to run for Congress.

Sanchez, an Ahwatukee resident, has served as a governing board member at the Tempe Union High School District and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He is a current economics teacher at South Mountain Community College.

In an interview with the Arizona Republic, Sanchez said he decided to run after Phoenix residents became interested in seeing the 40-year-old pursue the office.

He said the current council is ignoring important issues and “kicking the can down the road” instead of tackling problems such as pension costs and public safety.

Sanchez said he believes the current council hasn’t been transparent with the public when it comes to renovations of Talking Stick Resort Arena, home of the Phoenix Suns.

“The lack of transparency means you can’t really come to a solution,” he told the Republic. We need to start with communication, then transparency. And, you’re not going to get any of that without leadership.”

Current councilors Daniel Valenzuela and Kate Gallego are also running for the seat currently held by Stanton.

On his website, Sanchez said he plans to run an “honest” campaign.

“This campaign won’t be perfect and it certainly won’t be easy,” Sanchez said on his website. But, it will be honest. Together, we can work to put Phoenix families first, not special interests.”

Should Stanton win the election in 2018, he would have to resign his mayorship early. His term is due to expire in 2019.

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