From the beginning of my public service on the Tempe City Council, I kept one goal in mind: always do what’s best for Tempe. In honoring my goal, I will formally ask the Tempe City Clerk to remove my name from the 2014 general election ballot.
Political campaigns can often turn into divisive fights that harm communities and ruin friendships and alliances. I hope my action today will prevent that from happening and allow people to spend their energy on doing what’s best for Tempe.
I have had the honor of serving on the Council for the past eight years. I am very proud of what we have accomplished: the introduction of light rail; stabilized municipal finances throughout the Great Recession; made tremendous strides in affordable housing; started our first sustainability initiative; the advent of character areas; and, the successful passage of a bond initiatives to fund badly needed infrastructure throughout Tempe. We have done what’s best for Tempe.
Because of our hard work, we are now seeing over $1 billion in investments, more quality jobs and the ability to invest more in our neighborhoods and parks.
I have had the pleasure of serving with Councilmember Robin Arredondo-Savage for the past four years. While we sometimes don’t agree, generally our differences have been small. Asking the community to choose between two council-members who often have the same ideals makes no sense.
It is with this in mind that I will be offering my support to Robin for the third seat in this election. I also ask my supporters to join me in the same.
To my friends and supporters, I have nothing but heartfelt appreciation for your support and the time, energy and passion you have given to our City and me. I have great faith in our new Council and the work that they will do for the future of Tempe. I am confident that my decision today is in Tempe’s best interest and reflects my deep love and passion for the community where I grew up.