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Posted: Sunday, February 15, 2009 4:21 pm | Updated: 1:05 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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GILBERT ELECTION

Lewis offers best qualities for mayor

As a mother, I know that under John Lewis’ leadership that safety and education will remain an important, top priority. Lewis will make sure that our schools remain one of the top districts in the state. I also know that he will help to maintain the high level of safety and security our current police and fire departments strive to achieve.

As a small business owner, I feel Lewis will be the best person to lead and guide our community into the future. He has taken the time to listen to the concerns of business owners and has a true vision on how to establish a business friendly environment, not only for businesses already in Gilbert, but also in attracting new businesses to Gilbert.

Lewis understands that by partnering and encouraging business growth in Gilbert we will become a stronger and economically independent town. I recognize the need for our town to have strong leadership and feel that Lewis is the man to bring that leadership. Lewis is an effective communicator who truly cares about people and the town in which we all live, work, and raise our families. He exemplifies all of the qualities I was looking for in a candidate. Lewis has my vote.

JOSANNE R. LONGSHORE

GILBERT

Sentz right person for Town Council

The upcoming municipal elections in Gilbert offer the voters several choices in candidates for Town Council. I fully support and endorse John Sentz for Gilbert Town Council, just like many other Gilbert residents and voters do.

I have known John for many years and I believe that John’s abilities as a proven leader, business owner, and hard worker are unsurpassed by any other candidate. John is a retired military officer and knows how to make the tough decisions that are coming in the future for our town. He has served our community on the Planning Commission, the YMCA Board of Managers, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, Gilbert Veterans Day Committee, along with many other community activities.

His experience and dedication to Gilbert are exactly what we need going into the future. Please join me in casting an early ballot in support of John Sentz for Gilbert Town Council.

TOM ABBOTT

GILBERT

Krueger has passion for public service

As an Arizona native, I truly believe in Gilbert and I can see the same thing when Joan Krueger speaks with passion about our community.

As a community advocate, it’s a pleasure seeing Krueger care about “our town.” As a business owner, she supports entrepreneurialism and smart growth within our community. As a health care professional I’ve witnessed first-hand her unwavering support toward ensuring quality and timely medical care within Gilbert.

I serve with Krueger on a volunteer board and she has never missed a commitment and has always emitted a true caring sense while representing the group, and always the town. She gets it, Period. Having her on our side as a member of the Town Council is essential as we move our community forward.

JIM HAYDEN

CHANDLER

Strong leader to strengthen Gilbert

In these tough economic times, it may seem like we have too much on our plates to pay close attention to the Gilbert Town Council election on March 10 — the national picture is what captures headlines and makes us sweat.

But the very opposite is true. Tough economic times mean that we need to pay even closer attention to local politics, and look for candidates with a proven record of safeguarding our town from the storms that surround us.

That’s why I will vote for councilwoman Joan Krueger once again. She understands the importance of preserving safe neighborhoods, caring for schools and families, and most importantly, providing the kind of economic development that can keep Gilbert strong. Krueger spent nearly 10 years in service on Gilbert’s planning commission and nearly four years on the Town Council. She chaired the Gilbert Vision 2020 effort, and will continue to guide us to success.

MICHAEL MONROE

MEMBER, GILBERT PLANNING COMMISSION

MESA ELECTION

Extend equal privileges

Mesa has been called the “bedroom of the Valley.” City leaders fully believe that idea. They are again singing a lullaby to put city taxpayers to sleep.

The Gaylord project may offer great benefits to Mesa. However, the city is already committed to improving the downtown area, and they are offering unfair advantages to a newcomer while the Phoenix Mesa Marriott Hotel and other tourism spots will continue to pay the bed tax and provide their own revenues to generate income through advertising.

The city’s conference center in downtown Mesa is now paying for itself. The Mesa Arts Center, with its new management, may begin to repay the city’s investment. Both may now be ignored when the convention and entertainment center for Mesa is moved to the fringes of the city. Large tracts of vacant “eminent domain properties” remain a blight on downtown Mesa.

A large advertisement from the Proposition 300 campaign says ”growth paying for itself.” The costs for off-site improvements, normally, will be shared by the city and the developer. The city is pleading poverty. Where will those funds come from? Will they ask for another bond issue?

Mayor Scott Smith’s inaugural speech states a “city government transparent in its actions shows respect for all that is committed to the renewal and revitalization of its mature areas.” How can it be fair to extend privileges to Gaylord that are not equally extended to existing tourism entities? I have nothing against the Gaylord project.

A wise man once counseled me “if you are given the opportunity to invest in a project, ask your self 'why me?’” The taxpayers of Mesa need to ask “why me?” When they ask this question they should wonder out loud “if this is such a wonderful revenue generating project, why does it need my help to become profitable?”

Wake up, Mesa. Vote “no” on Prop. 300.

JAMES E. GARDNER JR.

MESA

Pearce 'forgets’ last project endorsement

Yesterday, I received in the mail a “Vote yes on 300” ad from developers Gaylord Entertainment and DMB Associates that includes an endorsement from Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa.

Pearce’s statement says, “I do not typically support projects and struggle with projects that include any sort of incentive package, but in this case I see how this project actually creates more revenue instead of moving it from one place to another.”

Pearce also submitted a three-paragraph pro-argument costing $250 that promoted the Waveyard project and was published in that voter publicity pamphlet. In addition to praising Waveyard as a “unique, one of a kind resort,” Pearce said, “I do not typically support projects that include any sort of incentive package, but in this case I will make a rare exception.”

The Waveyard election was less than 15 months ago.

Apparently Pearce is relying on people’s short memories, including perhaps his own.

MARILYNN WENNERSTROM

MESA

Prop. 300 boon to city budget

The Mesa Fraternal Order of Police urges you to vote “yes” on Proposition 300. Mesa’s budget relies heavily on sales tax and development fees. Redevelopment of the Mesa Proving Grounds will bring residential and commercial development to southeast Mesa. Included in the project will be a world-class resort built by Gaylord Entertainment.

The city needs the revenue this vacation destination will bring, especially in these down economic times. Out-of-state visitors will bring valuable revenue into Mesa. The project is estimated to bring in $77 million dollars to Mesa via sales tax over the next 20 years and there is no sales tax incentive.

Only people using the project amenities will pay any taxes or development fees; general citizens will not be affected financially by the project.

Mesa needs this valuable economic engine to generate revenue for the city. Mesa cannot accept further cuts to its public safety budgets; police units and firefighters need this revenue source to protect you.

Please vote “yes” on Proposition 300.

BRYAN SOLLER

MESA FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE

MICHAEL PHELPS

Too immature to be a national hero

A national hero, Michael Phelps, caught in illegal activity — his excuse? He’s young and made a mistake.

The initial mistake was to allow someone immature and self-absorbed a chance to become an icon which represents us (Americans). His punishment? Probably nothing.

Another mistake America seems to be enjoying; looking the other way or making excuses instead of taking definite action and making something wrong, right.

With each event we Americans ignore or excuse, we lower the bar for America, then we wonder why our nation is no longer as great as it was.

If a person isn’t capable (for whatever reason) of appreciating their God-given talents, and the opportunity America provided them, then they don’t deserve the rewards resulting from them.

ROBERT J. PADILLA

GILBERT

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