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Is agency hinting Manross a shoe-in for mayor?

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Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 10:47 pm | Updated: 11:17 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Mary Manross will be the victor in Scottsdale's race for mayor, or so claims the Maricopa Association of Governments, the regional planning agency made up of Maricopa County mayors, county representatives and Indian communities.

Manross leads in Scottsdale election fundraising

When announcing last week that Manross was selected chairwoman of the regional council, the news release stated: "Mayor Manross will lead the organization for the next two years and will also preside over the MAG Executive Committee, which serves as MAG's finance committee."

While it's true Manross would serve a two-year term as chairwoman if she wins, MAG is the first organization to declare the race over.


Manross picked up the endorsement of founder and CEO Bob Parsons. Scottsdale-based GoDaddy is famous for creating hype around its racy commercials featuring scantily clad women that air during the Super Bowl.

In the past, Manross has not been known to praise people who use scantily clad women or suggestive names to make money, such as the Pink Taco restaurant, the Lingerie Bowl or the city's strip clubs.

Manross also picked up an endorsement from Brad Casper of Dial Corp.

Casper's endorsement of Manross puts a dent in mayoral candidate and City Councilman Jim Lane's boasting on his Web site that Lane met with Casper and city staffers to find a new location for Dial in Scottsdale after it rejected a move to SkySong and was then ignored by the mayor. Dial was weighing a move to Phoenix, but decided to build its new headquarters in Scottsdale.


While council candidate Nan Nesvig has touted open government in her campaign, full disclosure was lacking when her father, Tom Visco, wrote a letter posted on the Scottsdale Activist Web site praising Nesvig. Visco identified himself as a "resident of Scottsdale" and did not disclose that he is Nesvig's father.

The letter referred to the exchange at the June 17 council meeting in which Manross interrupted Nesvig, who was speaking in the "public comment" portion of the meeting.

The letter praised Nesvig while bashing Manross along with two incumbents Nesvig will be running against - Betty Drake and Ron McCullagh.

Nesvig told the Tribune, "I don't know if he needs to" identify himself.

As for the interruption, Manross said she noticed discomfort from the audience and council because Nesvig sounded like she was giving a campaign speech.

Nesvig, who mentioned right away she was a candidate, countered that there are no restrictions on what she can say and she was talking about citizens having a voice in their government.

"She drove home my very point that the citizens and businesses don't have a voice," Nesvig said.


Lane has caught up with Manross with the launching of his new and improved Web site. While Manross launched her Web site last year, Lane was stuck with a one-page site for months until his new one was unveiled in the past weeks. To compare, visit and


On Sept. 2, Scottsdale voters will cast ballots for mayor and three council seats. The election insider will run on Wednesdays.

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