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New Phoenix council members ‘unapologetic’ about who they are

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Carlos Garcia takes the oath of office to become a city of Phoenix councilmember. His left hand rests on top of a copy of the Chicano history book “Occupied America” by Rodolfo Acuña. / Photo by James Ritter | City of Phoenix

By Laura Gómez | Arizona Mirror

When Betty Guardado and Carlos Garcia, Phoenix’s newest councilmembers, raised their right hands to take the oath of office on June 6, her left hand rested on a Bible and his on a landmark Chicano history book.  

Guardado took the oath of office on the same bible she and her husband used during their wedding, she said.

“The city is my other marriage,” she quipped, as her husband, David, held the Bible for her swearing in. The words “Dios Bendiga Esta Unión” (God Bless This Union) were embroidered in gold lettering on the cover.


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