Council candidates

All seven Scottsdale City Council candidates in the Aug. 2 election will be asked to field a variety of questions on major local issues when they appear in person for a 90-minute forum this Tuesday.

The public is invited to attend the forum, 6:30-8 p.m. June 14 at the Scottsdale United Methodist Church, 4140 N. Miller Road in downtown Scottsdale. Doors will open at 6 p.m. For those who cannot attend, it will be live-streamed at the church’s Facebook page: facebook.com/scottsdaleumc.

HonorHealth is the title sponsor of the Election 2022 Forum and Salt River Project is the host sponsor. Co-sponsors include Scottsdale United Methodist Church, the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce and the Scottsdale Progress.

“As a Chamber member and the largest employer in Scottsdale, has a vested interest in the issues affecting Scottsdale today,” said Michelle Pabis, HonorHealth vice president, Government & Community Affairs.

“Candidate forums are an important part of the election process in helping to educate our community and encourage participation in the electoral process,” Pabis continued. “We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with the sponsors to bring this important dialogue to our community and learn more about the candidates who will ultimately help lead and shape Scottsdale’s future.”

Running for three seats on the seven-member council are incumbents Kathy Littlefield and Solange Whitehead and newcomers Pamela Carter, Barry Graham, Daniel Ishac, Tim Stratton and Raoul Zubia.

Moderators who will be asking the questions – which are based on suggested questions solicited from Progress readers, Chamber members and Scottsdale United Methodist congregants – include: Rev. Ann Lyter, pastor of Scottsdale UMC Church; Mark Stanton, Chamber president/CEO; and Paul Maryniak, Progress executive editor.

All candidates will be given strictly timed 1-minute opportunities to answer each question. No questions will be taken from the audience, though candidates will be around before and after the forum for at least a little while to mingle with audience members.

Candidates will not be given a preview of the questions. They will be provided an opportunity to make opening and closing remarks during the forum.

“Scottsdale United Methodist Church is co-sponsoring the forum for Scottsdale City Council candidates because civil discourse is critical to the democratic process,” said Lyter.

“Fundamentally, Scottsdale United Methodist Church is made up primarily of Scottsdale residents and we care very deeply about our community and our neighbors,” Lyter said.

“It is also important that citizens educate themselves about the candidates and the issues facing our community so we can vote for what is in the best interest of our community,” she said.

Stanton said, “The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce is grateful to be a partner in this forum to help showcase the candidates’ positions on important issues facing the community.”

He also noted that the forum lets voters "hear directly from prospective elected leaders" to help them determine who they will select to represent them. 

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