[OP-ED] Phoenix’s political future may already live on the west side

Vania Guevara

Opinion: Vania Guevara and Betty Guardado belong in Phoenix politics, no matter who wins the May 21 City Council runoff.

Editorial Board | Arizona Republic

Vania Guevara, the Phoenix councilwoman appointed to replace Daniel Valenzuela in the west side, caught the public’s attention – and criticism – over a $10 million deal with the Phoenix Suns.

That agreement, which was part of a necessary $230 million Talking Stick Resort Arena renovation package, is front and center of Guevara’s political fight for the seat she took less than a year ago.

Don’t buy the criticism about her so-called “side deal,” which earmarked $2.6 million to the early-childhood education program Head Start. If anything, Guevara should be praised for looking after the interests of her west Phoenix district.

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