Longtime councilwoman will be temporary Phoenix mayor

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PHOENIX (AP) -

A bipartisan coalition of the Phoenix City Council has unanimously selected Councilwoman Thelda Williams to be temporary mayor until a special election is held.

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Greg Stanton stepped aside as Phoenix mayor last month to run for a U.S. congressional seat.

The council coalition voted Monday on Williams’ temporary appointment. She will continue to represent the city’s District 1 while also serving as mayor.

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A special election to choose a new, permanent mayor will be held Nov. 6. A runoff will be held March 12, 2019 if needed.

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Williams has been the District 1 representative since 2008 and previously served on the council from 1989 to 1996. 

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