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John Giles
Mayor of Mesa
Assumed office
September 18, 2014
Preceded by Alex Finter
Member of the Mesa City Council
In office
1996–2000
Personal details
Born1959/1960 (age 58–59)
Mesa, Arizona
Political party Republican
Education Brigham Young University
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

John C. Giles (born 1960) is an American politician. He has served as the 40th mayor of Mesa, Arizona since 2014. [1]

Biography

Giles graduated from Westwood High School in 1978. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he attended Brigham Young University, graduating with a political science degree in 1984. Giles received his law degree from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in 1987 and works as a lawyer with the firm Giles & Dickson. [2]

Giles served as President of the East Valley Bar Association from 1992 until 1993. [3] He was elected to the Mesa City Council in 1996, serving until 2000, including a term as Vice Mayor from 1998 until 2000. [4]

Following Mayor Scott Smith's resignation in 2014, Giles was elected mayor in a special election, for a term lasting until 2017. [5] He was sworn in on September 18, 2014. [6] [7] In 2016, Giles was reelected to a full four-year term, which is set to last until 2021. [8]

Personal life

Giles and his wife, Dawn, have five children and seven grandchildren. [9]

Political positions

Giles is a registered Republican, although the position of mayor is officially nonpartisan. He has been critical of President Donald Trump, reportedly encouraging U.S. Senator Jeff Flake to run for President. [10] [11]

Electoral history

Mesa City Council at-large primary, 1996 [12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan John Giles 14,392 15.8%
Nonpartisan T. Farrell Jensen 11,861 13.1%
Nonpartisan Lillian Wilkinson 10,885 12.0%
Nonpartisan David Molina 10,070 11.1%
Nonpartisan Dennis Kavanaugh 9,848 10.8%
Nonpartisan Dana B. Harper 9,635 10.6%
Nonpartisan Michael D. Whiting 9,196 10.1%
Nonpartisan Manuel Cortez 5,873 6.5%
Nonpartisan David A. Wier 5,403 6.0%
Nonpartisan John Robie 6,639 4.0%
Total votes 90,802 100.0%
Mesa City Council election, 1996 [13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan John Giles 17,426 23.2%
Nonpartisan T. Farrell Jensen 15,949 21.2%
Nonpartisan Dennis Kavanaugh 13,481 17.9%
Nonpartisan Lillian Wilkinson 10,407 13.8%
Nonpartisan Dana B. Harper 10,053 13.4%
Nonpartisan David Molina 7,831 10.4%
Total votes 75,147 100.0%
Mesa mayoral special election, 2014 [14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan John Giles 33,177 72.7%
Nonpartisan Danny Ray 12,483 27.3%
Total votes 45,660 100.0%
Mesa mayoral election, 2016 [15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan John Giles 52,273 99.0%
Write-in Write-ins 535 1.0%
Total votes 52,808 100.0%

References

  1. ^ "Mayor John Giles | City of Mesa". www.mesaaz.gov. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  2. ^ "Mayor John Giles". City of Mesa. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "John C. Giles, Attorney". Giles & Dickson. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "Mayor John Giles". City of Mesa, Arizona. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Brodie, Mark (September 19, 2014). "John Giles Elected Mayor Of Mesa". KJZZ. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  6. ^ Godfrey, Trevor (September 20, 2014). "Mesa mayor Giles officially sworn into office". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Polletta, Maria; Leavitt, Parker (September 19, 2014). "John Giles sworn in as Mesa's 40th mayor". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  8. ^ "Mayor John Giles". NDC Academy. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  9. ^ "Mayor John Giles | City of Mesa". www.mesaaz.gov. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  10. ^ Altavena, Lily (November 17, 2017). "Mesa mayor encourages Flake to run for president, appears to call Trump an 'idiot'". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  11. ^ Altavena, Lily (November 21, 2017). "Mesa mayor faces harsh backlash for hot-mic comments about President Donald Trump". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  12. ^ "Mesa, AZ City Council At Large Primary 1996". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  13. ^ "Mesa, AZ City Council At Large 1996". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  14. ^ "Mesa, AZ Mayor - Special Election 2014". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  15. ^ "Mesa, AZ Mayor 2014". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 18, 2017.

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