The Good, the Bad and the Money

What Tempe city candidates raised in 2012.

I recently came across an article (link here) about the final total for money raised by candidates in the 2012 Tempe City elections. I’m a pretty visual person, so numbers mean more to me on a chart, so let’s take a quick look at what the final totals show.

 

 

These are the numbers presented in the article and as noted, I’ve included any money that was carried over from previous campaigns where appropriate. In the end, this is the amount of money each candidate had at their disposal for the 2012 election cycle. The “MFI” on the end? That’s the current amount of a family’s median household income in Tempe. I didn’t include it for any editorial purposes except to give some frame of reference for the amounts we’re looking at in this chart. It seems most council candidates are in the $50K-$80K range and the two final mayoral candidates really broke new ground for fundraising. Of course, there’s more to every story.

 

Now, here’s the vote totals for each candidate. Note I only used the general election totals for Monti, Mitchell, Foreman and Granville. Why? Any of them could have won outright in the primary and most of their voters are logically the same between the two elections. I tend to view your effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) on the number of votes you received in the election that either won you your office or kicked you out of the running. The point of doing this of course is to see what the cost per vote then is…

 

I think it would amaze anyone that it cost over $15 per vote to get elected mayor of Tempe. (Perhaps more so than the fact both candidates practically raising as many dollars as there are Tempe residents.) To me, there is one more compelling observation from this chart. Corey Woods (the highest vote getter in either the primary or general election) spent the second lowest amount on his votes. Why and how are topics for another story. But it shows that money isn’t necessarily the key to winning in Tempe. And finally…

 

One of the most curious parts of the article is noting the amount of money candidates spent themselves on their campaigns. It appears the three incumbents didn’t need to do this because they had money left over from previous campaigns (and had the name ID which provided immediate fundraising muscle). But I am shocked by the amount of money candidates personally invested in some of these races. Of particular interest is newly elected Councilman Kolby Granville who apparently chipped in a whopping 64% of his total campaign account (to the tune of $53,423). I have no problems with people spending their money as they wish – even when it comes to campaigns. I am somewhat concerned though when that percentage is over two thirds of their campaign total funding. And in this case, nearly more than the median family income in Tempe.  But most of all, it is troubling that a candidate who talked about “refusing all special-interest money” (link here) would instead, accept perhaps the single biggest special interest contribution in the history of Tempe City politics. The “special-interest” in this case being the candidate himself.

No Matter How You Voted, We are One Tempe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 17, 2012

Contact:

Julie Lind-monti4mayor

JulieLind345@gmail.com

602-312-8345

No Matter How You Voted, We are One Tempe

(Tempe, Arizona)    Businessman Michael Monti thanks all of his supporters and those who voted for him. While it was a close race, the voters have spoken and the close vote will not be contested.

Monti said, “There is a time for campaigning and a time for governing. For the good of Tempe, it is time to get behind Mayor-Elect Mitchell. I sincerely appreciate everyone who worked on my campaign and those who supported my innovative agenda. I urge those people now to rally behind our new Mayor.   Tempe must now move forward as we thank Mayor Hallman for his service and dedication, and as we usher in Mayor-Elect Mitchell. Good luck and wishes to him, and our community.”

 

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Mark Mitchell Elected Mayor of Tempe

Mark Mitchell

Tempe, AZ – Tempe City Clerk Brigitta Kuiper has released updated preliminary unofficial results for the city’s May 15 General/Special Election. These results include early ballots dropped off at the polls on Election Day, as well as most of the provisional ballots cast on Tuesday.

Mark Mitchell has been elected Mayor and Kolby Granville has been elected to the City Council.

 

Mark Mitchell

Write-in votes will be counted by about 5 p.m. Friday. Three conditional provisional ballots – cast by voters who did not bring ID to the polls – will be finalized by 5 p.m. Friday. A final canvass of the votes is scheduled for the City Council’s approval at its May 31 meeting – at that time, the results will be official.

Estimated voter turnout was 26.7 percent, with the majority casting early ballots. Tempe has 85,181 registered voters and the total number of ballots cast is 22,753.

 

Updated preliminary unofficial tallies for Mayor:

Mark  Mitchell – 11,351 votes (49.89 percent)

Michael Monti – 11,212 votes (49.28 percent)

Rick Carias* (write-in) – 0 votes (0.00 percent)

*Votes cast for write-in candidates are hand-counted and will be available after 5 p.m., Friday, May 18.

 

Updated preliminary unofficial tallies for one City Council seat:

Dick Foreman – 9,383 votes (41.24 percent)

Kolby Granville – 11,698 votes (51.41 percent)

Joel Navarro and Corey Woods were re-elected to City Council seats in the March 13 Primary Election.

 

Proposition 439, a proposed amendment to the Tempe City Charter, Article VII, Nominations and Elections, 7.01 city elections:

YES – 14,667 (72.04 percent)

NO – 5,692 (27.96 percent)

 

One ballot equals one vote. A voter only has one vote and one ballot, even though a voter may exercise a number of choices on each ballot. If there are three council seats to be filled at the election, each voter would have three choices on the ballot; however, in counting the total number of votes cast (ballots cast), it is the number of ballots, not the number of choices exercised on each ballot, which determines the majority. The minimum number of votes a candidate must receive to be elected to office under this provision is more than half the total number of valid ballots cast at the primary election for all offices. For example, if six persons are running for the office of councilmember and the total number of valid votes cast (ballots cast) for all offices is 500, then any individual, in order to be elected at the primary, must receive more than 250 votes, more than one-half of the total votes cast.

Michael Monti: I Am Grateful For Your Consideration

My Fellow Tempean:

May 15th, Election Day, is almost here. Soon we will know who will replace Mayor Hugh Hallman. I respectfully ask for your vote. I have done my very best to put forward innovative plans to help create jobs, protect our community, aid our seniors, re-open pools and parks and do the many things to enhance YOUR quality of life.  You can learn more at www.monti4mayor.com or call me directly at 480-313-8534 to discuss them.

I am ready to lead, and have released a pro-active plan for my first 100 days in office, should I be fortunate enough to be elected. You can read it here. Or you can watch my video here.

Mayor Hallman has endorsed my business experience and ideas to carry on his outstanding stewardship of Tempe, with our bold new ideas. So has former Tempe City Councilwoman Linda Spears who ran for Mayor earlier this year. She has since graciously endorsed our campaign and will be a key voice I will rely upon, if elected.

While there are many differences between my opponent and me there are two I would like to highlight.

First, half of Tempe’s housing stock is apartments. Some 20,000 units. My opponent keeps approving more and more. I think we need to be much more cautious approving more apartments. I have proposed having the police department evaluate apartment projects in the approval process and monitor any approved projects to make sure safety is preserved for the tenants and surrounding neighborhoods.  If not done right more apartments will harm neighborhoods and jeopardize public safety.

Secondly, it is no secret that I have taken issue with my opponent’s cavalier use of public dollars, even traveling lavishly while he was voting to raise taxes and close public pools, reducing code enforcement and other services.  I disagree with my opponent’s call to now commit millions to a Mill Avenue area convention center to compete with the one in Phoenix. We have greater priorities. And contrary to my opponent’s claims, my opposition has nothing to do with my restaurant or property. I have never planned to build a conference center.

In fact, Mitchell’s plan would likely benefit my business but I still believe it’s a bad deal for the taxpayers.

Call me directly to discuss these or any matters prior to Election DayMay 15th. My number is 480-313-8534. Thank you for your consideration and everything you do to make Tempe such a terrific community.

In Service,

Michael Monti
Owner, Montis La Casa Vieja Restaurant
Arizona Restaurant Hall of Fame Inductee
Candidate for Mayor
Proud Husband and Father

 

There are two reasons to celebrate tomorrow in Tempe, Election Day and the opening of the Hayden Flour Mill

Yes, tomorrow is Election Day in Tempe…so go vote! But it’s also an extremely important day for another reason. The beloved Hayden Flour Mill opens tomorrow to the public for the first time in 15 years. The fences come down Tuesday and the public will be allowed to explore the grounds. What a great day it will be!

As a business owner, I pushed for this project which has been a year in the making.

Looking at the Mill, which had fallen on hard times, I felt those silent silos had been ignored for too long. I felt a piece of our history was slipping away. We had to do something.

We reached out to Mayor Hugh Hallman. We reached out to City Hall, specifically Chris Anaradian, Tempe’s Community Development Director.  Mr. Anaradian was thinking along the same lines and invited me and my business partner, Eddie Goitia, to attend a meeting with the Downtown Tempe Community to brainstorm.  From there ideas took shape.

 It is because of dedicated leaders such as Mayor Hallman and his team at City Hall that Tempe will be able to enjoy a one-of-a-kind open space and special event venue that lends an iconic touch to Tempe’s landscape.  Mayor Hallman led the drive to get substantial private sector donations to assist this effort.

This is a classic example of government looking to do something bold and innovative, and the people of Tempe can expect more of the same should I be fortunate enough to be elected Mayor.

 Look for immediate dividends from the Flour Mill. Events will want to stage at this unique venue.

And I’d like to think we came up with a few other great ideas in this campaign too. Check them out for yourself at www.monti4mayor.com

Sincerely,

Michael Monti
Owner, Monti’s La Casa Vieja
Candidate for Tempe Mayor

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 Michael Monti, owner of Tempe’s historic Monti’s La Casa Vieja, co-founded Local First, Arizona.  He is also active in the Tempe Diablos Charities, and is the youngest inductee in the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame.  Don’t forget Election Day is May 15th!

To make a campaign donation on line click here or mail a check to
Monti4Mayor
P.O. Box 24476, Tempe, AZ 85285

His campaign is based on bringing private sector ideas to government, fiscal responsibility, civic involvement, economic opportunity, and innovation. His proposals include:

  • Financial incentives for city workers who save  rather than spend tax dollars
  • The creation of the Tempe Community Corps to increase volunteerism, and aid Tempe neighborhoods and services
  • Partnerships with ASU and the business community to bring more jobs to Tempe
  • The creation of a public swimming beach at Tempe Town Lake, paid for by the private sector
  • Partnerships with the ASU College of Nursing to aid Tempe seniors
  • Encouraging businesses to embrace eco-friendly projects such as the Blink Car Charging Stations at Monti’s La Casa Vieja
  • A ban on texting while driving in Tempe
  • A gift ban and stricter reporting requirements for Tempe elected officials
  • An eight year term limit for the mayor’s office
  • Recruiting and retaining top teachers and professors
  • A North/South Tempe Summit

Arizona leaders and organizations that have endorsed Michael Monti include:

  • Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman
  • Former Tempe Council Member and mayoral candidate Linda Spears
  • Tempe Council Member Onnie Shekerjian
  • Tempe Democrat and Former Council Member Barbara Sherman
  • Tempe’s first elected Mayor, Rudy Campbell
  • The Tempe Chamber of Commerce
  • Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne
  • Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
  • Congressman David Schweikert
  • Senator Jon Kyl
  • Former Tempe City Council Member ‘Hut’ Hutson
  • Former State Rep. Laura Knaperek
  • Tempe Democrat Carl Hayden
  • Former Tempe Council Member Joseph Lewis
  • Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane
  • Former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr.
  • Former State Senator and Tempe Council Member Bev Hermon
  • Former Tempe Council Candidate Angie Taylor Thornton
  • Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey
  • Former State Senator Gary Richardson

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 To visit the Monti4 Mayor Website click here or log on to www.monti4mayor.com (@monti4mayor).

A True Crime or A Political Ruse?

By: The Arizona republic

There does appear to be a crime committed in the 30-year-old case of Mark Mitchell vs. an anonymous alleged-sexual-assault accuser.

But the allegations leveled against Tempe mayoral candidate Mitchell are sufficiently vague and, often, contradictory to question which crime, exactly, has been committed.

Is it a case of sexual assault? An attack committed in the early 1980s, when the accuser may have been 10 years old and the accused perhaps as young as 13?

Or is there a mean-spirited political crime at work here? Mitchell, who denies that any of the alleged sexual incidents took place, contends that the campaign of his opponent for mayor is at the bottom of an insidious whisper campaign. All of it, he says, is cooked up and false.

We can only deal now with what we know.

We do know that Tempe voters have found Mitchell’s character suitable to keep him on as a City Council member for 12 years. We know he has been an upstanding citizen as an adult, willing to serve his community.

And we do know campaigners for Mitchell’s opponent, Michael Monti, have been hawking the sexual-assault story for weeks to reporters. At the same time, they have been insisting vehemently that the story did not initiate from them.

Sexual assault is a terrible crime. No one should diminish an iota a serious accusation raised by a credible victim.

But voters must weigh what they believe is the truth in what has been laid before them now.

Are they witness to evidence of a credible crime committed by a child 30 years ago? Or are they seeing evidence of brutal politics at play?

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/2012/05/10/20120510editorial0511-true-crime-political-ruse.html#ixzz1uartUGuN

Fiesta Bowl Fallout: If State Legislature Won’t Act Cities Must

The Arizona State Legislature failed.  So it’s left to cities to take the lead.  Why not Tempe?

To what am I referring?  The state legislature’s refusal to act on substantive reforms to state financial disclosure laws in the face of the Fiesta Bowl scandal.

It’s shameful.

Politicians’ refusal to act calls further attention to the numerous legislators that received free tickets and makes good people wonder why the problem cannot be addressed quickly and decisively.

Rays of sunlight can be a helpful disinfectant instead of the alluring darkness of cover-up.

Yet the state legislature and many other elected leaders will not stand up to ensure these mistakes will not be repeated again. Earlier this year County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman and I announced a series of reform measures which will reduce the opportunity for corruption, and provide much need transparency for elected officials at the local level, starting in Tempe. Tempe has been a policy leader in the past on many issues. I would like it to be once again on this subject.

We are calling, for example, to have elected officials disclose all gifts worth more than $15 and ban all gifts valued at more than $50.  We should require immediate reporting on the City’s website and enact strong penalties for knowingly violating the rules. Elected officials are stewards of an office and the people have the right to know what benefits may come with it. Service is about the people’s business not a means to be a prince of perks.

Democracy needs checks and balances. Voters deserve to know what perks officials are receiving.  The solution seems obvious .

I have a business to run, but I decided I wasn’t going to sit around and wait for someone else to do the right thing. I am running to reform.  Learning from the lessons of the Fiesta Bowl and instituting helpful change is one of my highest priorities.  If our state legislature won’t show the way on more transparent, ethical government we can.

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Michael Monti, owner of Tempe’s historic Monti’s La Casa Vieja, co-founded Local First, Arizona.  He is also active in the Tempe Diablos Charities, and is the youngest inductee in the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame.

To make a campaign donation on line click here or mail a check to

Monti4Mayor
P.O. Box 24476, Tempe, AZ 85285

Statement from Mayoral Candidate Mark Mitchell’s Website

Mark Mitchell

 

Dear Friends,

 

My grandfather often told me that it takes a fool to argue with a fool.  He was right.  Lately, I’ve been repeating his advice to my supporters who have urged me to address the baseless claims and negative campaign being waged by my opponent about me and my campaign to be Tempe’s next mayor.

I’ve taken the hits.  I’ve done the right thing by choosing to talk about the issues that I believe Tempe voters want us to focus on.  Many of you know, I’m a bridge-builder, not a bomb-thrower.

But I’ve come to realize that my opponent’s negative campaigning is a commentary on his plans for Tempe, and I feel compelled to set the record straight.

I support smart economic development like bringing a hotel conference center to our downtown.  This center will help leverage assets like the Center for the Arts to become the supercharged economic engine we know they can be.

My opponent opposes this hotel conference center because he’d like to build his own over his restaurant and has previously asked the City Council to approve zoning for it.  My only stake in this project is the betterment of our community for generations to come.

I support creative investments like Tempe Marketplace and have supported seeking federal grants to transform what was a toxic waste dump on the riverbed into a thriving economic center that created local jobs. 

My opponent opposes these community investments because his ideology doesn’t afford him the understanding that local governments can leverage federal resources to provide the private sector with opportunities for success – success that creates private sector jobs. 

I support engaging regional and national leaders to strengthen Tempe’s economy.  Tempe is best served when working as a regional partner with our neighbors to compete nationally and globally, and this is why the Arizona Republic endorsed my candidacy for mayor.

My opponent believes he can advocate for Tempe in a global economy from inside a bunker. This lack of vision illustrates a fundamental misunderstanding of how the world works.

And for the record, any time I traveled to advocate for the City of Tempe, locally, regionally and nationally, I have done so to move Tempe and our region forward.  Throughout my time on the Council, I have disclosed everything state law and the City Charter has required of me as an elected official. 

My opponent on the other hand had been reprimanded by local media and forced to amend his campaign finance reports multiple times in order to comply with state law. 

Unfortunately, a campaign that should have been waged on ideas, vision and leadership has been denigrated into a smear campaign attacking my integrity, character and family.  Make no mistake, the closer we get to Election Day, the unsubstantiated claims, misleading attacks, and slanderous accusations will only get worse.  Tempe deserves better.

Thank you for standing with me.

Mark

http://www.mitchell2012.com/

Statement on Phoenix Police Investigation of Mark Mitchell

Dear Friends, Supporters and Tempeans,

I have received numerous requests to comment on sexual abuse allegations against Mark Mitchell which have been investigated by the Phoenix Police Department. Their report requests he be charged with four felonies including Sexual Abuse.

I did not wish to comment on this but I am forced to because Mr. Mitchell is actually trying to blame our issues-based campaign for this chain of events.

This is sad and shameful.

Neither I nor anyone associated with my campaign had anything to do with the criminal investigation of Mr. Mitchell.

It is a serious issue and I have faith that law enforcement and the legal system will handle the matter fairly. Whatever the outcome, I hope that the rights of the accused and the accuser are respected. Mr. Mitchell should be given the rights every citizen has of presumed innocence and a rigorous defense.

But Mr. Mitchell does not have the right to blame the investigation on our campaign. He claims the allegations are politically motivated. This is outrageous. The Phoenix Police Department is a respected law enforcement agency and would not conduct a “politically motivated” investigation. The police report shows no contact between our campaign and investigators. Read it for yourself here.

We did not ask for a police investigation.

We have no knowledge of the accuser.

We do take offense at claims to the contrary.

We do take offense to Mr. Mitchell lying to police about not knowing the alleged victim as the report indicates.

Frankly, had Mr. Mitchell not falsely accused our campaign of playing a role in this criminal matter against him, we would not be sending you this message. We apologize for having to do so.

On May 15th, let’s elevate from these dark clouds to a brighter day for our community. Let’s take Tempe from good to great. Read more about my innovative agenda at www.monti4mayor.com. I ask for your vote.

Sincerely,

Michael Monti
Owner, Monti’s La Casa Vieja
Candidate for Tempe Mayor

 

Dear Friends, Supporters and Tempeans,

I have received numerous requests to comment on sexual abuse allegations against Mark Mitchell which have been investigated by the Phoenix Police Department. Their report requests he be charged with four felonies including Sexual Abuse.

I did not wish to comment on this but I am forced to because Mr. Mitchell is actually trying to blame our issues-based campaign for this chain of events.

This is sad and shameful.

Neither I nor anyone associated with my campaign had anything to do with the criminal investigation of Mr. Mitchell.

It is a serious issue and I have faith that law enforcement and the legal system will handle the matter fairly. Whatever the outcome, I hope that the rights of the accused and the accuser are respected. Mr. Mitchell should be given the rights every citizen has of presumed innocence and a rigorous defense.

But Mr. Mitchell does not have the right to blame the investigation on our campaign. He claims the allegations are politically motivated. This is outrageous. The Phoenix Police Department is a respected law enforcement agency and would not conduct a “politically motivated” investigation. The police report shows no contact between our campaign and investigators. Read it for yourself here.

We did not ask for a police investigation.

We have no knowledge of the accuser.

We do take offense at claims to the contrary.

We do take offense to Mr. Mitchell lying to police about not knowing the alleged victim as the report indicates.

Frankly, had Mr. Mitchell not falsely accused our campaign of playing a role in this criminal matter against him, we would not be sending you this message. We apologize for having to do so.

On May 15th, let’s elevate from these dark clouds to a brighter day for our community. Let’s take Tempe from good to great. Read more about my innovative agenda at www.monti4mayor.com. I ask for your vote.

Sincerely,

Michael Monti
Owner, Monti’s La Casa Vieja
Candidate for Tempe Mayor

 

Email exchange between Mayoral Candidate Mark Mitchell & Anonymous writers in regards to alleged abuse

The emails below are an exchange between “Anonymous” and Mayoral Candidate Mark Mitchell on April 12,2012 and April 13,2012 respectfully.  Another email regarding the same topic was sent on May 5th,2012.   The exchange takes place after a meeting between the suspected victim and Mitchell on April 5th,2012 and a meeting with Phoenix Police Detectives detectives five days later.   It has been reported by a Phoenix Police source that the exchange between the alleged victim and Mitchell was recorded and that the tapes are to be released soon.  It has further been alleged that Mitchell denied knowing the alleged victim when interviewed by Phoenix Police around April 10th 2012.

When asked about the allegation from the Mitchell campaign that “The allegations in the Phoenix police report involving me are false, vile, and clearly politically motivated.”  Candidate Michael Monti responded that “I do not have the power to do that”  and pointed out that there was also an alleged victim in this case.  Monti also said that he received an “anonymous letter” on Monday April 9,2012. regarding the allegations, however did not do anything with the information and will be releasing a statement later today.

From: Anonymous  April 12,2012

Street Address:

Phone:

Email:

“Councilman Mark Mitchell. It’s being reported that you are currently being investigated criminally for child molestation and possibly rape that allegedly happened years ago. Your father Congressman Harry Mitchell was Tempe’s Mayor at the time, and covered it up. Is this true ? Are you currently  under criminal investigation ? Tempe residents deserve to know the truth, BEFORE the Mayoral election.”

Subject: RE: Council Communicator Message From Anonymous

Response April 13,2012

“Hi all,

It’s apparent that there is no longer any issue that is too low or too unsubstantiated for Tempe politics.  Needless to say this is outrageous.  I’ve been in public service for 12 years and my father for close to 40 years.  Given the timing, I’m a confident you can see this for what it is.  As you could imagine, I don’t want to dignify these accusations by responding and hope you will respect that.

Thanks

Mark”

“From: ytgoiu@hushmail.com [mailto:ytgoiu@hushmail.com]
Sent: Friday, May 04, 2012 3:52 PM
To: Hallman, Hugh; Woods, Corey; Arredondo-Savage, Robin; Ellis, Shana; Meyer, Charlie; Shekerjian, Onnie; Navarro, Joel
Subject: Mitchell Hires Private Investigator

 

Mayor and Council,

Today’s article in the Arizona Republic criticizes both Mitchell and Monti for bad politics. Speaking of bad politics, it is rumored that Mark Mitchell  is potentially in serious legal trouble and has hired a high dollar criminal defense  attorney. Is it considered “bad politics” when Mark Mitchell hires a Private Investigator to do a “Public Records Request” for e-mails,  letters, and  recordings on for his own City manager, Mayor, Police Chief and Councilperson Ellis? Is this an attempt to harass these City Staff members and elected officials, or to quiet them?  It’s quite obvious, Mitchell in serious trouble. But to hire a Private Investigator to look for records for high ranking public officials is a little over the top! As a Tempe resident, we desreve to know the truth about the following two questions!

Two Simple questions for you Councilman Mark Mitchell.

#1: Are you currently being investigated for an alleged serious crime, allegedly a sex crime. Yes or No?

#2. Do you have any anything to do, directly or indirectly with a public records request that was recently filed asking for communications for Tempe’s Mayor, City Manager, Police Chief and Shana Ellis? Yes or NO?

CC: TV 5, TV 3. Fox 10, News 12, AZ  Republic, Tribune”

 

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