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Gilbert mayor resigns, joins McSally’s reelection campaign

GILBERT, Ariz. — The mayor of Gilbert has resigned, effective immediately.

Jenn Daniels announced the move at Tuesday evening’s Town Council meeting and later said she resigned for personal reasons.

On Wednesday, Daniels was announced as one of four Maricopa County chairs for Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally’s reelection campaign.

“Somebody sent me a tweet or something that it’s being tied to being a campaign chair for Martha McSally,” Daniels told The Arizona Republic. “That has absolutely nothing to do with it. Those two should not be tied together.”

Vice Mayor Scott Anderson said Daniels, who wasn’t running for reelection, alerted him of her planned resignation several days ago.

The Town Council will appoint an interim mayor to hold the role until the winner takes office in January.

Because no mayoral candidate in this month’s primary election achieved more than 50% of the vote, Gilbert residents will choose between the two highest vote-getters — Matt Nielsen and Brigette Peterson –in the November general election.

Daniels was appointed mayor when John Lewis resigned in October 2016 and she won election in an uncontested race the following month. Prior to that, she served on the Town Council from 2009 to 2016.