Peoria election: Mayor, city council candidates tackle questions on water, housing and development

A competitive mayoral race is shaping up as Cathy Carlat faces term limits

By Taylor Seely || The Arizona Republic

Peoria’s two council races and the mayoral contest have shaped up with candidates who are incumbents or have helped shaped the city’s current direction and candidates who stress the need for change.

Peoria voters have choices for mayor and City Council in the Nov. 8 election and part of the decision-making equation may be: Are residents comfortable with the city’s direction, or do they want change? 

Peoria’s three competitive races — two council races and the mayoral contest — have shaped up with candidates who are incumbents or have helped shaped the city’s current direction and candidates who stress the need for change, from more police funding to different economic development strategies.

In the mayoral race, Jason Beck, a Peoria business owner and political newcomer, faces Bridget Binsbacher, head of the Cactus League and a former City Council member who, as required by state law, resigned to run for mayor. 

Peoria election: A competitive mayoral race is shaping up as Cathy Carlat faces term limits

Beck has the support of Councilmember Dennette Dunn, who’s running unopposed for a second term, and Jennifer Crawford, a political newcomer trying to unseat longtime Councilmember Vicki Hunt. 

Former state schools Superintendent Diane Douglas, who’s running for council, said she supports Beck’s vision for the city. Her run is largely a repudiation of the council’s approval of a development that included apartments near her north Peoria neighborhood. 

Councilman Jon Edwards, who’s not up for reelection, also endorsed Beck. 

Binsbacher is endorsed by term-limited Mayor Cathy Carlat.  

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