By Brady Wheeler | AZ Daily Sun
Flagstaff Vice Mayor Becky Daggett announced that she is running for the position above her in 2022.
The announcement was made following a turbulent week among the city’s elected officials, just two days after current Mayor Paul Deasy publicly criticized Daggett and several other councilmembers on social media.
Daggett, who says she has long considered a run for mayor, suggested the timing of the Thursday afternoon announcement was not an accident.
“The city council is collaborative. The mayor is not collaborative with the city council,” Daggett told the Arizona Daily Sun. “It was the most recent actions of the mayor that made me go ahead and jump in.”
Despite serving as vice mayor for less than a year, Daggett says she has an extensive background in local leadership that is paired with a long list of accomplishments.
Daggett said her priorities include “the creation of housing that’s affordable for individuals and families in Flagstaff; mitigating the numerous impacts climate change has and will continue to have on our community; supporting business growth and job creation; and providing focused, inclusive, and collaborative leadership to the City Council.”
Daggett told the Arizona Daily Sun she would have run for mayor regardless of the current tension between the city council and the mayor, but the announcement was “sped up by the current actions of the mayor.”