Question and Answer

 

Why are you running for City Council? 

Chandler is a first-class community.  My vision is to make Chandler a world-class community with top-notch public safety, an educated workforce, plenty of green spaces, a vibrant and sustainable downtown/entertainment districts, additional cultural attraction and a high-capacity transportation system.  We can achieve all this by continuing sound fiscal policies I and others put in place many years ago, expanding and enhancing public-private partnerships and closer working relationships with our educators.  Of course, we need to ensure we provide a forum for open communication and dialogue with all citizens.

Why did you get off the Council?

Chandler has term limits for its elected officials. As a councilmember, I can only serve two four year terms and then I need to be out of office for at least four years before I can seek another term in office. 

Why should voters consider you?  What makes you the best person for the job?

The quality of life that we enjoy today is due to the smart planning, programs, infrastructure and economic policies that I and others have put in place over many years. I want to utilize my experience, knowledge and leadership skills gained from 17 years (1990-98 and 2004-13) of service on the Chandler City Council, 30 years of military service, and 33 years of increasing management responsibilities at high-tech companies to ensure Chandler's great quality of life continues.  I will work to ensure safe, sustainable, and strong neighborhoods and to improve police and fire fighters' response times. 

What would you bring to the City Council that it doesn’t have now?

Having the advantage of previous council experience, I can start representing Chandler’s citizens and business organizations on day one. I already have long term relationships with regional leaders and institutions allowing me to convincingly move Chandler’s policy agenda forward. I have a trusted and proven record of working with citizens to solve issues that affect their neighborhoods. Most importantly, I am an independent thinker, open communicator and problem solver who knows how to work with all stakeholders to seek solutions to issues that challenge or afford opportunities for our city.

What are the greatest opportunities and challenges facing the community? What will you do to address those challenges?

I’m running again for Chandler City Council to ensure we maintain our quality of life.  Chandler is competing with many cities for employment opportunities. I supported or led the activities that “laid the foundation” for ensuring a better quality of life that will be Chandler's positive discriminator.  I’m running again for Council to make sure those efforts continue and expand.

I will push to accelerate hiring the additional police for our streets and schools needed to meet our growing population, build aggressive economic development activities to create jobs, enhance and preserve existing neighborhoods, expand our parks and recreational programs, accelerate planning for youth sports complexes, add sound sustainability programs for our city and increase creative partnerships with schools and private entities to save tax payers dollars.

I will seek new uses for failed retail corners and create housing policies that align with genuine needs of the neighborhoods and continue the sound economic policies that I and others put in place to protect our tax base.

What are your three primary goals if you are elected?

Public safety must be a top priority, again.  We need additional police officers to keep pace with our population and business growth in Chandler and make schools safer by hiring additional resource officers. 

I will seek new uses for failed retail corners and create housing policies that align with genuine needs of the neighborhoods.  I will expand parks and recreational programs for our youth

I will work with the business community and city planners to create a positive environment for Chandler’s future business partners and continue to diversify Chandler’s economic base while supporting existing local businesses in their expansion plans.

How can Chandler best sustain the high quality of life it currently enjoys?

As a former Council Member, I supported or led many activities that benefited and “laid the foundation” for the quality of life that we enjoy today.  We must build on our past successes, continue the sound economic policies to protect and enhance Chandler’s tax base and promote a strong economic development environment. With smarter growth initiatives we can preserve and revitalize existing neighborhoods and refresh and expand our parks and recreational programs, while remaining firm in our commitment to protect key employment and business centers.

What is the next step in growing downtown Chandler?

I led or supported our investment in wider sidewalks, trees, more parking spaces, decorative crosswalks, night lighting, and improved building facades for a more vibrate downtown. A city-sponsored program to recruit a “critical mass” or “clustering” of like businesses might encourage entrepreneurs to establish more coffee shops, bistros, cafés, sit-down restaurants, a wine store, a deli, art and craft galleries, specialty shops and a small grocery store–giving a boost to making our downtown a regional draw.

I’d like to expand our downtown satellite campus of ASU and UA to drive more adult learners to downtown Chandler. We should partner with Gangplank, Chandler schools, and businesses to create a technology innovation center for youth 16 to 22 to learn and expand their technology talents.

Finally, make under-utilized public land—what might be termed “vacated assets”—available for private-sector development by selling or leasing them to create more employment opportunities.

Are you satisfied with growth along the Price Road Corridor? What, if anything, would you do differently?

Price Corridor has long been planned to be one of the major employment hubs in the Southwest. It is home to advanced industries, aerospace, life sciences, and leading-edge companies. We must remain firm on our commitment to reserve the Price Road corridor land parcels for key employment and business centers, especially the global high-technology base there.

We need to reach out to the leaders of our current global corporations, like Intel, Microchip, and PayPal, and work with them to recruit the next generation of companies to Chandler. We need to work with state economic entities on an aggressive global marketing plan to find new tenants for the vacant buildings and acreage along the corridor.

Finally, let’s work with the owners of Chandler Fashion Center to ensure it remains relevant by recruiting new “First in Market” tenants, and expand it as a family-oriented entertainment destination.

What would you do to ensure Chandler provides affordable housing?

Chandler is entering its “build out” phase and there are few remaining parcels of land available for the large master planned communities we’ve seen in the past. Today much of the housing development is on smaller “in-fill” parcels that are scattered throughout our city. I will aggressively work with city planners and builders to encourage more creative and innovative first time home buyer housing designs in our city. 

Chandler has a proud history of working with Habitat for Humanity and other agencies to build housing and encourage affordable home ownership. 

What is your vision for the future of the Chandler Municipal Airport and the Airpark area?

Strong economic policies and forward-thinking strategies have been instrumental in Chandler gaining thousands of new jobs. Dozens of new businesses have expanded or relocated to this area.

We must build on our successes, continue to diversify our workforce and seek new employers by working with the Chamber of Commerce and State on an aggressive global marketing strategy to find and recruit the next generation of companies for the vacant buildings in the air park.

I will work with the business community and city planners to create a positive development and redevelopment environment for Chandler’s future business partners and continue to diversify Chandler’s economic base while supporting existing local businesses in their expansion plans.

Can you tell us about your background/occupation?

During my four terms on the Chandler City Council, I championed activities and initiatives that have given Chandler its outstanding quality of life as well as sound municipal fiscal policies that benefit residents, employers, and employees today.

For 33 years, I worked in large and small high-technology companies to include Motorola, General Dynamic, and Space Data (now Northrop Grumman).  I also owned a small business for many years. I held a myriad of leadership roles and responsibilities, to include Program Management, Contract Management, Sales and Business Development for both domestic and international customers. I recently retired from Honeywell, where I oversaw a $350 million space and aerospace technology product portfolio and headed a world-wide sales and business team of over 25 people. I well understand corporate needs for an educated employee base, good public service infrastructure, good transportation corridors and world-class public safety.

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After serving in the Air Force and the Arizona Air National Guard, I retired as a Colonel. I started my career as a combat-ready fighter controller and my last assignment was Chief of Staff for the 2,500 members of the Arizona Air National.

For recreation I umpire both fast and slow pitch softball.