November 3, 2020
Elections for mayor & odd districts (1, 3, 5, 7)
Here we are only drawing attention to city elections. There may be other state or federal elections happening as well, and we certainly encourage you to also vote in those.
How Phoenix Government Works
The mayor may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
Phoenix is divided into eight districts, each of which elects one councilor. Councilors may serve no more than three consecutive terms.
Council-Manager Form of Government
The City of Phoenix is the largest city in the U.S. with a Council-Manager form of government, which is also sometimes called a "Weak Mayor" system.
"Strong Mayor" systems function similar to the federal government, where the mayor is granted the executive power to hire & fire city staff while the city council controls most policy decisions and provides a check to the mayor's power.
But our "Weak Mayor" system is structured more like a corporation in which the mayor is akin to the president of a board of directors (the City Council) and that board hires the CEO (City Manager). The City Manager then has all the power to hire & fire city staff. In this system, the mayor doesn't have many special powers and instead functions mostly as an at-large councilor.