PHOENIX (FOX 10/AP) -- For the second time in Phoenix history, a woman has been elected as mayor.
On Tuesday night, mayoral candidate Daniel Valenzuela conceded the special election to his rival, Kate Gallego. Preliminary results from the City of Phoenix shows Kate Gallego is ahead in the race.
According to unofficial results that were last updated at 8:05 p.m., Gallego has received 72,726, or 58.67% of the vote, and Valenzuela has received 51,241, or 41.33% of the vote.
The race, according to the City of Phoenix's website, was triggered due to Greg Stanton's resignation. Stanton then ran for and won a Congressional seat.
Gallego and Valenzuela are both Democrats who gave up their seats on the Phoenix City Council to run for mayor. They agree on most issues but fought bitterly over past votes on property taxes and stadium subsidies. Gallego was the early front-runner after leading Valenzuela by 19 points in the November primary, but she faced a barrage of attacks in recent weeks accusing her of opposing public safety funding.
Gallego is a graduate of Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania business school. She worked at Salt River Project before turning to politics. Valenzuela is a firefighter in the neighboring city of Glendale. Both are Democrats, though the race is officially nonpartisan.
Whoever wins the mayoral race will serve until April of 2021.
In November 2018's race, Gallego was the top vote-getter in a four-way race, according to official results from the Maricopa County Recorder's Office. Gallego received 171, 035, or 44.49% of the vote. Meanwhile, Valenzuela received 100,998, or 26.27% of the vote in that election. Moses Sanchez and Nicholas Sarwark came in third and fourth, respectively.
In a live video posted on her campaign's Facebook page, Gallego declared victory Tuesday night.
"We overcame doubters, rain. We overcame dark money. A lot of it," Gallego said, in the video.
Valenzuela conceded a race via a tweet. He said he will continue to serve as a "lifelong public servant".
Thank you, Phoenix. I appreciate all you’ve done for me. Tomorrow morning I will continue to serve you as a lifelong public servant. Congratulations to our next mayor, @KateWGallego. pic.twitter.com/1auks5NSc5— Daniel Valenzuela (@Daniel4PhxMayor) March 13, 2019
According to the City of Phoenix's website for Margaret T. Hance Park, Margaret T. Hance is the first female mayor of Phoenix. The current interim mayor, Thelda Williams, is also a woman. According to a list maintained by the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics, amongst the top 10 cities of the U.S., in terms of population, Phoenix is the only such city with a female mayor. A number of American cities, however, do have a female mayor, such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Fort Worth, Charlotte, Salt Lake City, and Seattle.
Besides Mayor, voters in parts of Phoenix also voted for a new city councilmember, due to Gallego and Valenzuela's resignations to run for mayor.
Voters in District 5, which covers parts of Maryvale, voted for a city councilmember who will serve until April 2021, while voters in District 8, which covers South Phoenix and parts of East Phoenix, voted for a city councilmember who will serve until April 2023.
Preliminary results from the City of Phoenix's website show Betty Guardado ahead in the District 5 race, receiving 3,056, or 35.13% of the vote. The current city councilmember for District 5, Vania Guevara, is in second place in terms of votes.
For the race in District 8, Carlos Garcia ahead in the race, receiving 2,613, or 28.49% of the vote. The current officeholder, Felicita Mendoza, is not running in the race.
The Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report.