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Opinion: The District 6 race pits a newbie fronted by powerful Democratic interests against a policy wonk fresh off a stint as policy adviser to Kari Lake.
By Abe Kwok || Arizona Republic
Runoff or special elections in Phoenix generally favor establishment candidates and issues.
Voter turnout drops off precipitously, which means money, name recognition and special interests play a more outsize role than usual.
Could the March 14 runoff in Phoenix City Council District 6 prove an exception to the rule?
The race is between moderate Kevin Robinson, a retired Phoenix assistant police chief who teaches at ASU, and conservative Sam Stone, the former chief of staff to term-limited Councilman Sal DiCiccio.
Notably, it pits a political newbie fronted by powerful Democratic interests – Robinson is backed by Mayor Kate Gallego and several former mayors; his campaign chair is Rep. Greg Stanton – against a policy wonk fresh off a stint as policy adviser to failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake.