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Nine Gilbert candidates respond to issues

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Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2007 12:03 pm | Updated: 5:51 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The decision Gilbert voters make at the polls in just more than a week could dramatically alter the political direction of the Town Council — or maintain the status quo.

Nine candidates are running for four Town Council seats, representing a majority of the seven-member council, in the March 13 primary. If needed, a runoff will be May 15.

Three incumbents, Dave Crozier, Les Presmyk and Steve Urie, are challenged by Dwayne Farnsworth, Bill Norton and Jared Taylor, who have been campaigning as a bloc and are supported by the District 22 Republican precinct committee.

Also running are former Town Councilwoman Linda Abbott, Arts Advisory Board chairwoman Elizabeth Cress-Sweet, and Neal Young, who calls himself “the little guy.”

The Tribune asked the candidates to respond to questions about road construction and park planning, which were identified as vital to the town during a recent Vision 2020 meeting that gathered about 50 residents.

The Tribune also asked the candidates about two contentious issues: How they stand on dealing with fire service for county island residents and whether Gilbert police should detain illegal immigrants.

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