Dist. 8 candidate attacks opponent's race

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By Sarah Blais By Sarah Blais
PHOENIX -- With the early ballots in the Phoenix City Council elections out last week, the focus on one of the races is race.
Warren Stewart, a candidate for District 8 in south Phoenix, attacked his opponent, Kate Gallego. She is white but took the last name of her Hispanic husband.
"You know the names of Latino families that have been a part of our community for decades," the mailer reads. "Kate Widland Gallego's name is not one of them. Warren Stewart has stood with Latinos for more than 36 years... don't be fooled."
Stewart said he is the only candidate who has been involved and connected with the Latino community for decades.
"It's all about building relationships," Stewart said. "It's all about the fact that we have more in common than not in common."
Gallego said she was "disappointed that he decided to attack" her based on her decision to take her husband's last name.
"My husband and I have been together for many many years, through several deployments with the U.S. Marine Corps," Gallego said. "It's a last name that I've earned."
Gallego and Stewart are two of the five candidates in the race for District 8. The election is on Aug. 27.