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Former Chandler Mayor Coy Payne dies at 90

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Mayor Coy Payne

By Paulina Pineda | Arizona Republic

Former Chandler Mayor Coy Payne, the first African American mayor in Chandler and in Arizona, has died. He was 90.

Payne died on Sunday, according to a Facebook post from his cousin announcing his death.

He served on the Chandler City Council from 1982 to 1990 and as mayor from 1990 to 1994.

A longtime Chandler resident and community activist, Payne helped create the city’s housing authority and oversaw the expansion of parks and recreation programs. 

He was known for his roles as a consensus builder and facilitator and helped lead the city as it underwent unprecedented growth in population and businesses.

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