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Guardado, Garcia win Phoenix City Council seats in special election

Betty Guardado and Carlos Garcia (Cronkite News Photo/Samuel Leal, Facebook Photo/Carlos Garcia)

PHOENIX — The final unofficial results are in from Tuesday’s special runoff election for the Phoenix City Council seats in Districts 5 and 8.

Betty Guardado took District 5 with 62% of the vote, leading Vania Guevara by nearly 3,000 votes.

Carlos Garcia won District 8 with a smaller lead at 51%, topping Mike Johnson by about 400 votes.

Guardado will be replacing former mayoral candidate Daniel Valenzuela, while Garcia will replace current Mayor Kate Gallego.

Guardado thanked voters in a Facebook post and said she will do everything she can to “keep earning that trust every day.”

While the final results are not yet in, I wanted to thank all of you who supported our campaign. I want to congratulate…

Posted by Betty Guardado for Phoenix City Council on Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Garcia announced his win in a tweet, saying he is ready to get to work.

The runoff election for these two spots was triggered in March, when none of the candidates got the majority of the vote.

The candidate who is elected to the District 5 seat will serve until April 29, 2021, while the District 8 candidate will serve until April 17, 2023.

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