Binsbacher resigns from council for mayoral run

Bridget Binsbacher has resigned from city council to run for mayor. (City of Peoria/Submitted photo)

Councilmember Bridget Binsbacher has officially thrown her hat into the mayoral candidacy race by resigning from the Peoria City Council.

Binsbacher, who served as the councilmember for the Mesquite District, was on the council for seven years.

“It has been my honor to serve the Mesquite District for the past seven years,” Binsbacher said. “And I thank the residents who put their trust in me to represent them.”

The Peoria City Council will convene within the next 30 days to select an interim councilmember for the Mesquite District.

Initially elected in March 2015, Binsbacher was re-elected in 2016 and 2020 and served two terms as vice mayor.

While serving as education liaison for the city, Binsbacher helped establish the PeoriaAZ Promise scholarship program, which works to award college scholarships to Peoria students who qualify for financial assistance.

She also represented the city of Peoria in regional and statewide organizations, such as the Maricopa Association of Governments Transportation Policy Committee and the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association board.

“Councilmember Binsbacher has been a guiding force on Peoria City Council,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said.

“Her leadership has spearheaded vital projects that have expanded public safety services, water and roadway infrastructure, parks and amenities to support families in Peoria’s fastest-growing district. It has been an honor to work alongside Councilmember Binsbacher.”

Carlat’s final term ends in January

The mayoral election is Nov. 8, along with the elections for councilmembers for the Acacia, Palo Verde and Pine districts.

A special election will be held on the same day to fill the vacant Mesquite District council seat.

For more information about Peoria elections, visit peoriaaz.gov/elections or call the Peoria city clerk at 623-773-7340.