Political newcomers to battle three-term Phoenix councilman for District 6 seat

PHOENIX – Neighborhood protection, small business growth and support for teachers are among the issues voters will consider before deciding who they will elect to the Phoenix City Council in District 6, the only competitive council race on the Aug. 29 ballot.

Incumbent Sal DiCiccio, who is running for a fourth term, says in a statement he has a strong record of protecting neighborhoods and preventing commercialization.

Political newcomers Kevin Patterson and Zofia Rawner are vying for the seat that ranges from Ahwatukee Foothills in the southeast Valley to north central neighborhoods like Arcadia and the Biltmore area.

Patterson said he wants to foster growth for small businesses.

Rawner said supporting teachers is a priority. She said while it’s up to the state to raise teacher salaries, city government can reduce teachers’ cost of living by using housing and childcare subsidies.