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Councilwoman Pastor's Statement Regarding Consolidated ElectionsCouncilwoman Pastor's Statement Regarding Consolidated Elections<div class="ExternalClass7E0C6FE2436D4056ABE8EAEB87C49549"><p>"Mayor Greg Stanton and a super-majority of the Phoenix City Council gave a huge victory to Councilman Sal DiCiccio and the Koch Brothers today, by deciding to refer to the voters a measure to consolidate the city's elections to align with those of the State and Federal government. This further unravels decades of non-partisanship in our city's local elections, cedes local authority to the State, and gives the Mayor and members of the Council an extra 15 months added to their terms.</p><p>The movement to take this unnecessary measure to the ballot amounts to little more than political gamesmanship in an attempt to subvert future control of the City Council for larger political ends. The people of this city demand better guidance, and are worthy of so much more from their leadership.<br></p><p>I know that people will misinterpret my vote against this today as not believing in increasing voter turnout, but nothing could be further from the truth. What I care about is local control, and the citizens' right to speak out on important local issues on their terms, and not have those terms dictated to them by outside interests who don't care about this community, and only want to use it for their own political motivations. The citizens and voters of this community deserve better than that, and unfortunately marginally increasing turnout is not worth these costs.<br></p><p>While it's true that the issue is now in the voters' hands, it is a foregone conclusion that an extraordinary amount of outside money will go into ensuring its passage. I will do everything I can to see the opposite happen. This vote was a loss for the city and the citizens within it."<br></p></div>4/19/2018 2:30:00 AMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405