Stanton sworn in as Phoenix mayor

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- Phoenix has inaugurated its new mayor. Greg Stanton took the oath of office Tuesday morning, officially taking office and becoming the 52nd mayor of Phoenix.

Also taking the oath of office were District 5 Councilman-elect Daniel Valenzuela, who replaces term-limited Councilman Claude Mattox, and re-elected Council members Bill Gates, Michael Nowakowski and Thelda Williams.

The ceremony began at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Phoenix. A public reception followed the swearing-in ceremony at the Phoenix City Hall Atrium.

Stanton is a Democrat who worked previously as a City Council member and for the Arizona attorney general's office. 

He breezed past Republican Wes Gullett in November's general election runoff.

During his inauguration speech, Stanton pledged to establish a major bioscience center in north Phoenix involving the Mayo Clinic, Arizona State University and the private sector.

While campaigning, Stanton said he would work to diversify the city's economy, improve funding for early childhood education and make after-school programs based more on academics.