During my time on the Mesa City Council, I fought hard to protect the taxpayer and promote fiscal responsibility at City Hall. I helped the City of Mesa navigate through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression by creating responsible budgets, finding operational efficiencies, and implementing entrepreneurial service delivery solutions. I helped identify opportunities to streamline municipal operations and reduce city operating expenses resulting in nearly twenty percent budget savings over three years during the Great Recession.
As our economy recovers from the pandemic, it is just as important that we continue this commitment to conservative fiscal management. We must continue to optimize city operations and identify cost cutting opportunities to keep our taxes low and our government efficient.
I am the only candidate who has firsthand experience in economic development. I understand what it takes to propel Mesa’s economic growth and prosperity. During my previous time on council, we laid the foundation for our Southeast Mesa’s current booming economy by:
These areas deserve fully realized and well executed economic development, and my previous experience uniquely qualifies me to execute on this vision for Mesa.
The top priority of local government is to keep its people safe. I have spent my career on the front lines of fire and emergency medical services. I understand firsthand what it takes to ensure our first responders can be there when citizens need them most. Keeping our citizens safe is a mission we can never forget.
As our population continues to grow, we must make sure that our police and firefighters have the resources they need to keep response times low, save lives, and protect property. One way to improve public safety is to find operational efficiencies and implement entrepreneurial service delivery solutions.
During my time on Council, I helped institute a public-private partnership with Mountain Vista Medical Center on a Community Health Initiative to reduce non-emergency medical responses by the fire department that resulted in a 76% diversion rate of low-acuity patients from 9-1-1 and the emergency department. We also instituted civilian investigators to provide customer-focused response to non-emergency crime incidents. These efforts freed up firefighters and police officers to respond to life-saving emergencies. I look forward to bringing this experience back to council to continue bringing innovative public safety strategies that help protect our community.
As more and more residents and businesses relocate to Mesa, it is important that we protect what makes our neighborhoods so special in the first place: low crime, economic opportunity, and well-maintained amenities. Preserving what makes Mesa special will protect our property values and keep our neighborhoods safe.
Mesa is home to residents who care deeply about our community. The strong sense of community in Mesa is an incredible asset. That is why I instituted the Building Strong Neighborhoods initiative to provide quick response and collaborative problem solving for residents concerned about neighborhood safety, appearance, and cohesiveness in District 6 partnering with businesses, non-profits, faith-based organizations, community youth and volunteers to build civic pride. Investing in recreation, libraries, community open space and transportation choices improves our quality of life and helps attract new businesses to our area.
As your Councilmember, I will make sure that we continue to invest in our neighborhoods, find solutions that keep Mesa family friendly, and maintain our high quality of life.
I am proud to call Mesa my home for the past 26 years. I have seen many things change during that time and our district has grown significantly. We have had our ups and downs – when I took over on council 16 years ago, things were very different than they are now. We had a council who did not work well together, and the district was not well represented.
When I joined the council, we had a team of leaders who found ways to work together and get things done. We didn’t always agree, but we set forth a vision and saw it through. Now, I believe Mesa is moving in the right direction and we must make sure it stays that way.
"I am committed to being a strong leader who will ask the tough questions, but I will also be committed to collaborating with my fellow councilmembers to build a stronger, better Mesa."
With most of the ballots counted, I am pleased to say that we are in the lead with more than 58% of the vote! I am humbled by the overwhelming support and trust the voters of District 6 have placed in me.