A Better Way
To accomplish OUR goals of truly sustainable, high quality of life, we must work together. No government can function effectively without the cooperation and partnership of its citizens. The involved residents of Scottsdale are among the most intelligent and effective partners for which a city government could ever hope.
Building consensus absolutely requires trust. Trust is built on experience. You and I have that experience together, and my track record speaks for itself.
You know me. We may not always agree on every thing. That doesn’t mean that those things are not important. I will absolutely consider all perspectives and possible solutions. However, you know where I stand on the important issues facing Scottsdale and you know that I’m not looking to use the mayor’s seat as a networking opportunity or a stepping stone to higher office.
My door is always open to you. However, my door isn’t just an entrance; it’s also an exit. I’ll be sure that I use it, too…to come to YOU and seek out your opinion, rather than just waiting to entertain those who get paid to hang out at city hall so they can lobby for pet projects or corporate welfare.
Does that make me anti-business? Absolutely not. Business–in particular small businesses and tourism-related businesses–helped build Scottsdale. They remain the core of our cache.
I believe in the notion of a Chamber of Commerce working in partnership with residents for long-term sustainability (as opposed to “fix-and-flip,” short-term profitability). I believe we can leverage our quality of life and community amenities to attract more knowledge-based companies that provide information and connections through the World-Wide Web…and other businesses that have a small environmental impacts that will dovetail with our small-town charm.
See more details on the next page, Platform.