Brannon Hampton beat Sara Gilligan in Tuesday’s runoff election for the Goodyear City Council, according to preliminary election results.
Hampton, 35, is a project manager for APS at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, and Gilligan, 50, is a stay-at-home mom and former competitive figure-skating coach.
Mayor Georgia Lord and council members Wally Campbell and Joe Pizzillo were re-elected in March. Hampton got the next-most votes, but fell about 200 votes short of securing the third open council seat in the primary. Candidates must secure 50 percent plus one vote to win. Thus he faced Gilligan in this week’s all-mail runoff election.
Hampton said he is “humbled” by Tuesday’s win.
“I’m looking forward to serving with the people in council and being part of the team and working on better and greater things to move the city forward,” he said.
‘I represent the average Goodyear resident’
In an Arizona Republic candidate survey, Hampton said his “perspective can bring balance to the Council.”
“I represent the average Goodyear resident in age and I will bring another perspective to the board,” Hampton said in February. “I will work with the Chamber of Commerce, business incubators, existing small businesses, Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) and the city to attract, grow and retain business in Goodyear.”
Hampton served as a board member for the Arizona Small Business Association and participated on the 2025 Goodyear General Plan Committee.
Hampton slightly outspent his rival, raising $9,336 during the campaign vs. Gilligan’s $8,862, according to campaign-finance reports.
The vote count
Ballots were mailed to every registered voter in the city and no polling places were open on election day.
The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office, which administers the Goodyear election, mailed 42,960 ballots. As of Tuesday night, 9,909 ballots were counted and a final count will be announced Wednesday afternoon.
The results won’t become official until the City Council formally canvasses the results on June 5.
Gilligan conceded the race Tuesday night.
“I have great confidence that Brannon Hampton will serve Goodyear with honesty and expertise,” she said.
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