Editor's Note: These letters to the editor have been sorted by topic by the Tribune editorial staff in an effort to allow readers to read varied opinions on the issues, candidates, and other circumstances surrounding the 2012 general election. These submissions are the opinions of the author, not the Tribune, and have not been edited for grammar or content.
Ortega has integrity, serves the people
Don’t rely on that other newspaper to provide sound reasoning for endorsing candidates at any level of government.
Their support for one of the biggest and most oppressive lobbyists for the beverage industry and head of the Arizona Restaurant Association is not really a surprise.
Unfortunately, most citizens are not aware of the actions this person has taken to weaken the health inspection regulations of the Maricopa County Health Department for restaurants and other businesses selling food and alcohol. So messed up is the system that the department is months and months behind in inspections. This does not serve the good and welfare of the public.
Over the last two years the spotlight on bars and entertainment businesses has been shining brightly on Scottsdale’s Downtown. The head of the Arizona Restaurant Association has been a big part in helping liquor establishments to dodge their responsibilities and accountability, so necessary to encourage sound economic development and strengthen the free enterprise process.
And, this is the guy that is bent on tearing apart the minimum wage advances approved by voters in 2006.
Vote for David Ortega for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, District 2, for integrity in serving all of the people, and for fair, open and equitable problem solving. I have worked with him for years on many community issues from the “Erace the Hate” campaign in our public and private schools to community development issues. David Ortega qualifies, hands down.
Ortega: “I am a results-driven architect”
I am David Ortega, a results-driven architect with public service experience at city and state levels who is running for Board of Supervisors, District 2.
Business owners, teachers and concerned parents tell me that we are at a breaking point. Instead of concentrating on economic vitality, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has been mired in lawsuits, disconnected from residents, businesses and constituent communities.
My opponent, Steve Chucri, is a registered lobbyist, who intends to Kill the Minimum Wage. While running for office in March 2012, the bill he carried was pulled at the Arizona Legislature. Mr. Chucri vowed to make it a ballot fight in 2014, as reported in the East Valley Tribune (H Fischer 03/20/2012.)
45% of minimum wage earners live below Poverty Level, yet Mr. Chucri’s would push more working poor on county indigent rolls. His day job as lobbyist is in opposition to families trying to recover in these difficult times.
As Scottsdale City Councilman, I supported a responsive public safety network, strategic economic development, programs for seniors, new recreational facilities, improvements at our preserves and beneficial partnerships with schools. I led the fight to defeat a $187 million sales tax subsidy for a big box store, which was promoted by lobbyists.
Let’s join together and restore a vibrant Arizona worthy of our children, not fall into the hands of special interest lobbyists. My record of community service and constructive leadership is at facebook.com/ortega2supervisor and at ortega2supervisor.com .
Together we can restore trust and integrity in county government.
Ortega will rise above the scandals and lead
Instead of concentrating on rebuilding our economy, Maricopa County is mired in scandals and lawsuits. An experienced, seasoned civic leader is sorely needed to change course. That is why I support David Ortega for Maricopa County Board of Supervisor.
I have worked with Architect Ortega and have seen Councilman Ortega fight for all residents protecting tax payer dollars. He has the courage to stand up against special interest lobbyist and his planning skills are essential to unify the East Valley.
His opponent is a liquor lobbyist. We need a constructive leader not a narrow special interest lobbyist. Vote for professionalism and integrity, vote David Ortega.