Phoenix mayor's race starts with bad blood

The race to replace Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is starting with some bad blood between the two announced contenders.

The race to replace Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is starting with some bad blood between the two announced contenders, City Council members Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela.

Gallego’s entry into the race last week stunned unions backing Valenzuela who believe Gallego pledged not to run for mayor if Valenzuela did, according to political insiders.

The panel on this weekend’s “Sunday Square Off” discusses the race for Phoenix mayor; the friction between the Gallego and Valenzuela camps; whether a conservative might get into the race, and why the Phoenix City Council is a more attractive place for Democratic state legislators.

On the panel this week: Attorney Roy Herrera, a Valenzuela supporter; Jay Thorne, a marketing executive and Gallego backer; and Chip Scutari, a marketing and public relations executive with Scutari & Cieslak PR.

Also on this weekend’s ‘Square Off,’ Arizona water officials warn more than dozen Pinal County developments that there might not be enough water to support their planned projects. The warning to developers is apparently a first for Arizona, according to Arizona Republic reporter Dustin Gardiner.

Gardiner joins me on “Square Off” to discuss the story and whether the state’s water warning should concern all Arizonans.

“Sunday Square Off” airs at 8 a.m. Sundays after “Meet the Press.”

What’s behind friction in Phoenix mayor’s race

The race to replace Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is starting with some bad blood between the two announced contenders.

Is now time for conservative to run for Phoenix mayor?

The “Sunday Square Off” panel debates whether this is the right time for a conservative to run for Phoenix mayor.

Why state’s water warning to developers matters

How concerned should we be about the State of Arizona’s warning to Pinal County developers that there might not be enough water for their projects?

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