My wife and I are writing in support of Tempe Council Candidate Kolby Granville. My wife and I both graduated from McClintock High School and have both been long time Tempe residents. She went to both Myer Elementary, as well as McKemy Middle school. Our children both attended Meyer Elementary and continue their education in Tempe. We own a house in Tempe just down the street from my wife’s parents, who have lived for 30+ years in Tempe. Needless to say, our Tempe roots run deep.
We support Kolby Granville both as a person, and as a candidate. We first met Kolby when we were all students at McClintock High School 20+ years ago. We have shared good times and bad over the years, and developed a close friendship. From those years of friendship, we have learned that Kolby is a person of morals and integrity, with a genuine love of Tempe. While we don’t always agree on things, issue-by-issue, we know that he is a reasonable and respectful voice in the debates, and is open to all ideas.
We support Kolby Granville for policy reasons as well. Over the years we have talked to Kolby about city issues, we have seen him in debates, and we have had “behind the scene” candid discussions; we’ve covered things in detail that aren’t typically covered in debates. Here is what we have gleaned… Kolby is fiscally responsible but eminently reasonable. He is the first one to say in discussions, “Yes, I know that he what we should do, but unless people are willing to pay for it, we can’t do it.” This is exactly what he did during the modern street car discussions and why he opposed the modern streetcar. Not because it was a bad idea, but because fixed assets are planned to be sold to pay reoccurring operating losses. That is no way to run a business or a city, particularly during a recession.
Kolby is also a strong supporter of neighborhoods and city services. I have watched him work (along with others) to revitalize our own neighborhood association. He has also spoken in favor of restoring funding for full library hours, as well as returning code enforcement officers to the staff, and to restore the neighborhood grant program.
My wife and I will be casting only one vote in with our mail-in ballots that arrived today. We will be casting it for Tempe. We will be casting it for Kolby Granville. I encourage you to learn more about Kolby Granville by going to his website at www.kolbygranville.com I encourage you to cast a vote in support of Kolby Granville.