After winning the Aug. 27 special primary election with 88% of the vote, Denette Dunn was sworn in as the new representative for Peoria’s Pine District at the Sept. 17 council meeting.
Dunn assumed the seat on an interim basis in April, after the retirement of longtime Councilman Carlo “Rocky” Leone due to health reasons. Leone passed away in June.
“Councilmember Dunn’s overwhelming victory shows just how much trust and support she shares with the citizens she represents,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said at the meeting. “I’m pleased to welcome her to the Peoria City Council.”
Dunn was left as the sole valid listed candidate when challenger Randall “RJ” Rains withdrew his candidacy due to his own health reasons in July.
With Rains out of the picture, Dunn’s only challenger was the official write-in candidate and attorney Cordero Delgadillo, whose sister, Brittany Burback, unsuccessfully challenged Vicki Hunt for the Acacia District seat last year.
Dunn earned the seat with 88% of the vote, or 2,150 votes, according to results from the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. Twelve percent, or 307 votes, were listed for the write-in candidate.
Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes reported only a 12% turnout, or 2,819 votes, in the special election.
“As John F. Kennedy once said, ‘As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.’ As the newly elected Pine District councilmember, it is my privilege to serve my city and community,” Dunn said Sept. 17. “My actions will be that of engagement and listening to the residents who entrusted me to represent them.
“My mom always said, ‘Many hands make light work.’ The success of the Pine District and the entire city of Peoria depends on all of us working together to build an even better community. I will work hard and am grateful to be able to do so, on your behalf.”
Prior to becoming councilmember, Dunn worked in the business management, marketing and communications industries and served on the planning and zoning commission since fall 2018.
In her time as an interim councilmember, she met with all city departments, held several community meetings and participated in council meetings. Dunn’s interests are water conservation, public transportation, street maintenance and development along Peoria Avenue and Loop 101.