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Posted: Friday, March 10, 2006 1:42 pm

These are the candidates for Tuesday's Fountain Hills Town Council election:

Mike Archambault

Age: 54 Education: One year of college in Ohio Profession: Cabinetmaker and general contractor

Public office experience:

Current Fountain Hills Town Council member

Organizational involvement: President of Fountain Hills Youth Association, Kiwanis Club, Boy Scout Leader, Contractors Association Resident since: 1972 Goal: “Bestow upon Fountain Hills 20 years of financial stability. Bring the family spirit to the citizens of this town.” Biggest challenge: “To continue financial stability, solve long-term deficits and start major street renovations.”

Lina Bellenir

Age: 58 Education: Associate’s degree, certified paralegal Profession: Sales administrative co-coordinator for Gould Inc., co-owner of Sorelli’s from the Vine

Public office experience:

Former councilwoman in Michigan

Organizational involvement: Boys and Girls Clubs, board of directors for Rhodes College, Chamber of Commerce Resident since: 2001 Goal: “Keep government spending under control, so that there will not be a further increase in our town’s sales tax, nor implementation of a property tax.” Biggest challenge: “The projected revenue shortfall caused by the reduction of construction-related revenues and state shared revenues as the town’s buildout approaches.”

Ginny Dickey

Age: 50 Education: Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Tufts University Profession: Legislative liaison for the state Department of Environmental Quality, former state Senate staff member

Public office experience:

Fountain Hills Unified School District

Organizational involvement: Business and Professional Women, Fountain Hills Community Theater, Cultural Council, American Association of University Women Resident since: 1983 Goal: “I would like to build on our history as a community defined by our unspoiled natural beauty and clean environment.”

Biggest challenge:

“Prevent conflicts regarding delivery of city services to county islands and provide economic support for the impact of the resulting new homes and businesses.”

Henry Leger

Age: 57 Education: Master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Arizona Profession: Leadership and organizational development consultant

Public office experience:


Organizational involvement: Member of the Fountain Hills Strategic Planning Technical Advisory Committee, Church Council president, Property Owners Association board of directors Resident since: 1991 Goal: “Making government accessible to all segments of the community by practicing high-involvement citizen-focused governance.”

Biggest challenge:

“Maintain the quality of life as we face the challenges of growth.”

John McNeill

Age: 58 Education: Law degree from the University of Denver, economics degree from University of Colorado Profession: Lawyer Public office experience:

Served on Fountain Hills Town Council in 2000

Organizational involvement: Director of Save the Mountains, director of McDowell Mountain Park Association Resident since: 1993-2002 and 2003 to present Goal: “Maintain small-town feel.” Biggest challenge: “Our biggest challenge is development. I think it’s important when we have new growth that it pay its own way.”

Larry Schmit

Age: 67 Education: Master’s in administrative education from St. Mary’s in Moraga, Calif. Profession: Teacher Public office experience:

Garden Grove, Calif., City Council, Orange County Board of Supervisors

Organizational involvement: Knights of Columbus, Special Olympics, Juvenile Justice Commission, American Cancer Society, Four Peaks School Resident since: 1999 Goal: “No increase in the sales tax. It’s already one of the highest in the state.” Biggest challenge: “A cohesive legislative body should slam-dunk the idea of mass housing, establish clear architectural theme/control for new businesses and strict enforcement of zoning codes.”

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