Dennis Kavanaugh - East Valley Tribune: Candidates

Dennis Kavanaugh

Once again I am asking Mesa voters for their permission for me to continue representing District 3. I have been honored to serve Mesa in this capacity for three terms and I am running for a final term as councilmember.

To lead a community you must first understand it. To understand a community you have to be involved in it. I understand Mesa’s District 3. I have lived in what is now District 3 since 1982. My business is in District 3. I have spent thousands of hours as a volunteer in Mesa. Much of that time has been given to organizations which serve children, the elderly, the sick and disabled. In serving these organizations I have observed first-hand the adverse effects of policy decisions made at the local, state and federal levels. Our city requires elected officials who understand the needs of our community and who are willing to forcefully advocate for those who are least able to advocate for themselves.

Our city also requires leaders who are committed to support private and public reinvestment in older parts of our city. I have been front and center in encouraging economic development and in bringing new jobs to West Mesa and the entire city. The City’s commitment to revitalize the Fiesta District is secure and will produce positive dividends for SW Mesa. The new Crescent Crown corporate headquarters and distribution facility which brings 500 good jobs to West Mesa is a prime example of my economic development efforts.

Public safety and code enforcement will continue to be a high priority. I am proud of my work to secure approval for the new Fiesta District police substation. As chair of the Council Public Safety Committee for the past four years, I have led efforts to combat criminal activities occurring at massage parlors, motels and convenience stores. Additionally I have played a key role in the development of the new regional ambulance system serving the East Valley.

District 3 needs a councilmember who understands the requirements and demands of constituent service work and who is willing to spend the time working with district residents, businesses and organizations. My history shows I have consistently followed through on this promise.

I have the experience, the knowledge and the will to provide the necessary representation and leadership that is required of local officials in these challenging times. I promise to remain committed to Mesa and committed to you and I ask for your support.

Dennis moved to Arizona from St. Louis, Missouri in 1975 to attend Arizona State University College of Law. Dennis fell in love with the Valley of the Sun and after graduating, he served as a Staff Attorney for the Arizona Legislative Council where he began his long career of service.

Currently, Dennis is a Partner at Day Kavanaugh P.C. where he practices Social Security and Workers’ Compensation law. He enjoys spending most of his time outside of work serving our Mesa community on the City Council and through many service organizations.

As a Board Member of the Mesa Preservation Foundation, College Bound Mesa, Mesa United Way, and other service organizations, Dennis has acted on his belief that strong public service makes strong communities. In 2008, Dennis was awarded the Dwight Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless work in our East Valley community.

Dennis was first elected to the Mesa City Council in 1996 and in 2000 was elected the first district councilmember for District 3. He served as Vice-Mayor from 2002 to 2004. In 2008 he was elected to his third term where he currently represents District 3 and serves as the Chair of the Public Safety Committee.


  • - Member, Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Technology
  • - Board Member, National League of Cities
  • - Chair, Council Public Safety Committee
  • - Member, National League of Cities
  • - Member, Council Economic Development Committee
  • - Member, Council Sustainability & Transportation Committee
  • - Vice Chair, Valley Metro Rail Board
  • - Council Representative, West Mesa CDC
  • - Board Member, Mesa United Way
  • - Board Member, Mesa Preservation Foundation
  • - Board Member, College Bound Mesa
  • - Chair, Mesa Community College, Commission on Excellence in -Education
  • - Member, Mesa Downtown Rotary Club
  • - Child Crisis Center Foundation Board
  • - Lector, Church of the Resurrection

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