Mayor Greg Stanton and his wife Nicole are divorcing after ten years of marriage and two kids. The Stanton’s released the following statement: “After 10 years of marriage that brought us tremendous joy and two beautiful children, we have decided to separate. This is a difficult but amicable decision.

Our children are the light of our lives, and nothing is more important to us than being good parents to them. We will continue to make decisions together based upon their best interest. While we will reside at separate places, we will continue to function as a family and do things together.

We have always and will continue to respect each other as individuals, as parents, as professionals and in our work in the Phoenix community. Each of us will maintain a strong presence in our community and will continue to attend public events — sometimes together. Don’t hesitate to invite us both — it will not create awkwardness.

We ask for respect for our privacy during this time, and we will not make any further statements on this matter.”

Stanton, who was reelected in August, was sworn into another four years of office just last week.

Kris Dugan