Cruz tops endorsements count

If an election depended on the number of endorsements, at least from organizations and elected officials, mayoral candidate Manuel Cruz would be declared the winner. And, that could be the result. We will know Aug. 28 once the polls close in Glendale whether endorsements sway voters one way or the other.

Here’s a look at how city council and mayoral candidates are faring in the way of endorsements.

Cruz’s endorsements:

Honorable Norma Alvarez, Glendale Councilmember (campaign co-chair)

Terry Mead, Attorney at Law in Glendale (campaign co-chair)

Terry Goddard, former Mayor of Phoenix and former Arizona Attorney General

U. S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, (District 7)

Pastor John “J.T.” Torres

Martin Saminiego, former Glendale Councilmember

Lulu Rodriguez, Owner – Bitzee Mama’s Restaurant

Roman Ulman, AFSCME People Conference

Maricopa Area Labor Federation

AFSCME Local 2384

Joe “Butch” Pompa, Owner – La Perla Cafe and Catering

Fernando Shipley, former Mayor of Globe

Sheet Metal Workers Local 359

State Sen. Steve Gallardo

State Rep. Anna Tovar

State Sen. David Lujan

State Rep. Ruben Gallego

State Sen. Robert Meza

State Rep. Chad Campbell

Somos Republicans

Kyrsten Sinema, former State Senator

Laborers International Union of North America Local 383

City of Tolleson Mayor Adolfo Gamez

U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini - Retired

IBEW Local 640

Republic Services, INC. Employees for Better Government PAC

Communications Workers of America Arizona State Council

Jack Lunsford

Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of Tucson

State Rep. Martin Quezada

Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix

Phil Gordon, former Mayor of Phoenix

SEIU Local 5

Plumbers and Pipefitters UA Local 469

State Sen. Linda Lopez

West Maricopa County Regional Association of Realtors

Mayoral candidate Jerry Weiers listed the following endorsements:

Arizona Police Association

Arizona Fraternal Order of Police

Glendale chapter, United Phoenix Firefighters Association

Women for Weiers

Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs

National Rifle Association

Mayoral candidate Walt Opaska has the following endorsements:

Glendale City Councilmember Phil Lieberman

Phoenix City Councilmembers Bill Gates and Jim Waring

State Rep. Phil Lovas

State Rep. Amanda Reeve

In the Cactus Council District, the candidates listed their endorsements:

Gary Hirsch –

Arizona Police Association

Arizona Fraternal Order of Police.

Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona

Vice Mayor Tom Eggleston (Retired)

Ian Hugh –

Tom Bloodworth, Police Academy Commander, retired

Gray Crabtree, Glendale Fire Chief, retired

Vern Crow, President, Dominion

Danny Cuzick, President of Freightliner

Resident Dorothy Bennett

Former Glendale Mayor George Renner

Amanda McAdams, Teacher of the Year

Zach Threadgill, coach and teacher at Apollo High School

Cristi Davis, teacher at Apollo High School

Jerod Aker, coach and teacher at Apollo High School

Sue Prado-Ortiz, coach and teacher at Apollo High School

Carlos Meza, President of Glendale Youth Project.

Diane Lesser –

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona

Janice D. Watts, Associate for Pastoral Care, All Saints of the Desert Episcopal Church, Sun City

Marvin E. Smith, retired mayor, City of Grayslake, Ill., now a resident of Sun City

Vince Ornelas –

Glendale City Councilwoman Norma Alvarez

Glendale City Councilman Phil Lieberman

Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski

State Sen. Steve Gallardo

Former State Rep. John Loredo

Former Glendale City Councilman Martin Samaniego

UFCW Local 99

Arizona Contractors Association

Arizona House Minority Leader Chad Campbell

State Rep. Martin Quezada

Stew Radawec –

Radawec did not list any endorsements.

Yucca Council District candidates listed the following endorsements:

Sam Chavira –

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

Phoenix City Councilmember Michael Nowakowski

Phoenix City Councilmember TomSimplot

Arizona Pipe Trades 469

Joyce Clark -

Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, Arizona State Lodge

Residents Spencer and Sandy Hazzard

Resident D. Carpenter

Glendale Fraternal Order of Police

Resident Bruce Heatwole

Resident Shirley Galvez

Resident Bobbie Garland

Residents Ken and Marcia Gardner

The Fernandez family: John, Sylvia, Elizabeth, Johnny and Victoria

John Kolodziej –

No response as of press time.

Sahuaro Council District candidates had the following endorsements:

Diane Douglas –

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (CD2)

State Sen. Rick Murphy (Dist. 9), former governing board member,

Peoria Unified School District

State Sen. Judy Burges (Dist. 4)

State Rep. Jack Harper (Dist. 4)

State Rep. Jerry Weiers (Dist. 12), candidate for Glendale Mayor

Former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce

PAChyderm CoalitionGlendale residents and taxpayers:

Dr. & Mrs. Robert Pasterz

The Clair Family

Mrs. Rebecca Harris - Realtor

Mr. Raymond Malnar - Glendale business owner

Mr. Walt Young - Glendale business owner

Anthony Kern –

Arizona Construction Association

Resident Cynthia Burns

Business owner Murray Clarkson

Gary Sherwood –

Former Councilmember Tom Eggleston

Vice Mayor Steve Frate, outgoing Sahuaro councilmember

Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona

Arizona Police Association

Arizona Fraternal Order of Police

There you have it. Now, it is up to voters to decide if they like or dislike the endorsements different candidates have received. Remember, with the multiple numbers of candidates in each race (three in Sahuaro and Yucca districts, five in the Cactus district), a candidate must receive 50 percent plus one vote in their respective district to avoid a runoff in November. The same goes for the mayoral election, except it is a citywide total of votes.

In the event no candidate receives the 50 percent plus one, the two highest vote-getters will face each other Nov. 6 in the general election.