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City Elections’ Impact on the State

Posted in News on: June 24th, 2011
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Hype is steadily growing for the 2012 presidential election, but we may be overlooking a critically important election right in our own neighborhood.

On August 30, 2011, cities throughout Arizona will be holding elections for mayor and city council, including Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, and Prescott.

According to the Arizona Republic, a disappointing 10 percent of Phoenix residents are projected to vote in this election which will ultimately decide who will control the most close-to-home issues for the next four years. While many of us are preoccupied with the gargantuan battles being fought at the state and federal levels, it seems we’re neglecting the tangible battles that are occurring daily in our city governments.

Many don’t realize that these local battles can have a profound impact on the direction of the state.

Look at what’s happening in California’s Proposition 8 ruling which declared the voters’ decision to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman unconstitutional.

The presiding judge referenced a City of San Francisco law which enacted the Equal Benefits Ordinance, allowing same-sex partners who are employees of city contractors or vendors to receive the same benefits as married couples. The judge argued that it would be economically harmful to the City of San Francisco if Prop 8 passed based in part on upholding this city law.

Even though 52.30% of California citizens voted in favor of Prop 8 (many of whom were from outside San Francisco), one city’s bad policies ultimately could impact every person in the state.

Posted by Angelina Nguyen

Angelina is a legal intern at Center for Arizona Policy.

5 Responses

  1. […] On the Foundations blog this week, CAP’s Blackstone legal intern Angelina wrote about the impact one city’s election can have on the entire state. Read more here. […]

  2. Jay Larson says:

    Can we get more info about the mayorial candidates?

    • Aaron says:

      We’ll be releasing the City Elections Voter Guide in the next few weeks. Keep an eye on the blog and our facebook page ( for the announcement.

  3. […] afford to be silent in these local elections. If you haven’t already done so, check out this blog post by CAP’s Blackstone intern Angelina Nguyen about how one city’s bad policies can have […]

  4. […] elections can have a significant impact on all Arizonans. It’s imperative for all Arizonans to register to vote, discover where the […]

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