Residents Over Politics
I am running for the Peoria City Council because the residents of the Mesquite District deserve better representation that they have recently been receiving.
For example, the Mesquite council member walking out of office only a year and four months after being re-elected to a four year term to run for mayor after recruiting a replacement. The replacement, who took a critical vote against the residents of Mesquite on Planning and Zoning then immediately resigned to be appointed as interim.
Involve Those Who Are Impacted
The City of Peoria sends out “public service” mailers, presumably to all the residents of the city, about such topics as water resources.
One must then wonder why the city is unwilling to send similar mailers, about commercial projects and zoning changes, to a significantly smaller number of residents which will dramatically impact their residential communities.
When questioned a council member stated the City did “what was required by law” i.e. the minimum.
Our citizens deserve better than the lowest standards of notice.
Police Are Understaffed
One of the primary duties of government, at every level, is to protect its citizens.
Public safety has NOT been a priority of the current Peoria City Council members. While claiming our police to be fully staffed, the reality is that the current council members have set “fully staffed” at levels far below comparable cities. While cities such as Glendale or Scottsdale have, on average, almost 3 officers per thousand residents, our city council deems full staffing to be slightly over 1 officer per thousand residents.
While the city has grown significantly in population and developed areas the size of our police force has not increased accordingly.
One thing I have always found disconcerting is that under Arizona law an elected official is not required to resolve a conflict of interest rather merely disclose the conflict of interest.
A prime example is the relationship between the City of Peoria, the Cactus League, a former council member and city employee that are all intermingled.
This isn’t in the best interest of our citizens. Leaders should hold themselves to the highest levels of transparency and accountability to their constituents.