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Former Mayor Campana weighs in on races

Our local races have been drowned out in the cacophony of billions of dollars being spent on these campaigns. What should we care about here? Proven community engagement, history of understanding Scottsdale, commitment to citizen involvement.

 No one is going to defund our fine police force, close our libraries, take down our public art, build commercial in the Preserve or dismantle our commitment to tourism. But who really understands how all those are tightly knit together? 

Mayor: Virginia Korte. Oops, she did not win in the primary. Suzanne Klapp. Oh, she didn’t either. Unfortunately, two caring, qualified, proven council members split the vote of citizens who love Scottsdale and believe it was well governed. 

So, we’re left with two candidates who do not measure up to Virginia’s lifelong service to Scottsdale.

I’ll be voting for David Ortega. David has been involved in Scottsdale for years, active in many community activities. I often saw him at Pueblo Elementary School after volunteering to read with students there. His children haven’t gone there for over a decade – but still he cares that much. He’s passionate about neighborhood issues, cares about our citizens, and is deeply engaged at the grassroots level.

City Council: John Little is the most qualified and prepared candidate on the ballot. He served the city heading up several city departments when I was mayor, always carefully weighing the community input with city needs. He was a fair and disciplined city manager and since then has advised communities and organizations about strategies to success. 

Tammy Caputi is a smart, determined businesswoman who will bring a no-nonsense decision making to the Council. Her Scottsdale Design Review Board experience will serve her well. Becca Linnig has been deeply involved in Scottsdale at the grassroots level for decades and her priorities match the city’s. 

Two anti-city hall candidates Betty Janik and Tom Durham I find to be angry, strident, single-issue candidates who will not represent Scottsdale overall. The other angry, ill-suited candidate is Guy Phillips. He has already had a thoroughly undistinguished term on council. Please do not encourage these behaviors by voting for him.

Scottsdale School District: Our twins are at Pueblo now so I care about this issue personally and for Scottsdale to have a well-governed school district. After consulting with several teachers, former board members and others the consensus strongly is: Rose Smith, Julie Cieniawski, and Zachary Lindsay. 

Legislature: We will have a new face at the Legislature representing Scottsdale. Jay Lawrence was defeated in the Republican primary by a newcomer who does not deserve to be elected. 

Jay was an interesting mix of far right (gun control and right to life) and supporting issues that mattered to me personally (arts and the environment). I’ll miss him. But Eric Kurland will bring a balanced approach to representing a district that cares about all those issues.

Congress: in my district, it’s time for a change: Dr. Hiral Tipirneni.

Arizona Corporation Commission: With two R’s already on the ACC, I think there must be a balance. Bill Mundell and Anna Tovar understand these critical issues that will impact us even more as climate change advances here in our desert. Eric Sloan is a thoughtful young man, issue rather than politically motivated.

Judges in Arizona do not campaign for their seats. Two judges this year should be marked to “do not retain": Justice Andrew Gould and Justice John Lopez. Their ruling on an important LBTGQ issue is not in line with a forward-thinking Arizona.

-Sam Campana

She likes Cieniawski for Scottsdale board

Julie Cieniawski gets my vote for the Scottsdale governing board.  I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Julie as a young mom researching the kind of education that she wanted for her kids.  

She got involved in her children’s activities and took a leadership role in their schools and parent groups. I then knew her as a teacher, a mentor, a coach, a friend to her students who especially needed someone to give them the confidence to realize their dreams.

 In my work at the Arizona Department of Education, I had the opportunity to work with many excellent teachers from all parts of the state and Julie, like them, became leaders and advocates for the best for Arizona students and teachers.  

Julie moved even further in her education role through her leadership in the Scottsdale and Arizona Education Association all the while maintaining her dedication to serving the best interests of students.

Julie seeks consensus, decides creatively, advocates with determination, builds teams and community to work together. Her strongest characteristic is listening deeply to all invested in doing what is best for the science and art of teaching our children. 

-Barbara Nordlund