I made my decision to run for City Council when our current Chandler leadership launched the construction of a new 80 million dollar city hall. A decision to build the new city hall and spend 9 million dollars narrowing Arizona Avenue in the downtown area was not acceptable to me.
For this election my priorities are simple and they start with controlling excessive spending. Chandler has done a good job planning for future job growth, but along the way our leadership has doubled the city's debt to more than 600 million dollars. Each of us should expect to pay our fair share of taxes. In return, it is a reasonable expectation that the government will have the discipline to spend our money in a prudent manner.
My second priority involves focusing on Chandler's core services. Our city has a responsibility to provide good streets, clean water, reliable trash pickup, and quality public safety. These are the important services that we have come to rely on in our everyday lives. I want them to be the best.
I know that we must support our business community. I believe the downtown is important. I also recognize that there are many other businesses located throughout our sixty-plus square miles. Each one is valued, and they all deserve the support of the city, along with the Chamber of Commerce and our citizens.
As for myself, I have lived in the east valley for almost all of my fifty-one years. My wife Cheryl and I have been married for close to thirty years and together we spent twenty-two years raising our two children right here in Chandler.
In 1987 I was hired as a police officer for the City of Mesa. I spent the next twenty years working in law enforcement. I have been a patrol officer, a DARE officer, and the supervisor of the DARE Unit. As a police sergeant I have worked in investigations involving document crimes, thefts, assaults, robberies, and homicides.
Over the years I have had the good fortune of working alongside trained professionals with the Mesa Unified School District, Child Protective Services, Mesa Parks & Recreation, and of course a number of law enforcement agencies including the Chandler Police Department.
I believe that my life experience, my concern over government spending, and my career in law enforcement will help me serve the citizens of Chandler in a knowledgeable and professional manner.
Most importantly, I believe there is a bright future ahead for our community. If I am given the chance to serve I promise to work with the citizens of Chandler, along with the council, a new city manager, and our valued city employees.
Across this great country people are being reminded that we all play an important role in our representative government. Individually we must get involved. We must vote, and together we can make a difference.