Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton resigns, Thelda Williams assumes office

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to resign May 29
Posted at 5:19 PM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 23:41:08-04

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has formally resigned from office as he prepares for a Congressional run.

In a letter sent to the city clerk on Monday, Stanton said, "Our city is in strong shape and I am proud that we have put Phoenix on the most positive trajectory of any large city in America." 

Stanton announced in October that he would be running to fill the seat held by Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who herself is now running to fill Jeff Flake's Senate seat. 

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Mayor Stanton took office in 2012, and prior to that, he spent nine years on the City Council and as Arizona's Deputy Attorney General.  

In a video linked from his campaign site, Stanton said, "I'm running for Congress because we deserve better than we're getting."

Vice Mayor Thelda Williams will serve as mayor until the council votes on an interim mayor, spokeswoman Raquel Estupinan told ABC15.