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Lisa Borowsky’s stand on rioting is paramount

Protests and riots have swept many big cities in America this past spring and summer. Prominent figures in these events are the mayors, in cities such as Seattle, Portland, Or., Minneapolis, Chicago, Washington, DC and Atlanta. 

The severity visited upon miscreants depended largely on a mayor’s mobilizing police or ordering them to “stand down.”

 One of two candidates for mayor of Scottsdale in November is attorney Lisa Borowsky. I was struck, watching a campaign video, by Ms. Borowsky’s fervent stand against criminal behavior during political protest and her determination to allow police to respond vigorously to such criminality were she to be elected mayor. 

This issue is paramount in my decision to support Lisa Borowsky for mayor of Scottsdale.

-Rick Sorgen


John Little is and will be

collaborative, decisive

I have known John and his wife Lori for 16 years. Over the years John and Lori have always been generous of their time and help. They are always off to help raise money and pitch in for the charities they treasure.  They are genuine. 

Through John’s vast connections with the City, he has helped neighbors with issues within our  neighborhood.  He always knows who to call for assistance; getting to the right person that can help. He cuts through red tape and provides a plan to resolve the situation.

John has also been helpful for my business, assisting us to understand an issue that was coming before the City Council, explaining the process thoroughly and helping with people we could talk to.

One of John’s greatest talents is being a reflective listener for all sides working to find the win-win in situations.  The City of Scottsdale needs a person like John Little on the City Council to contemplate the complex issues that come before Council, listen to all sides, be collaborative and decisive. 

-Jan Shemanske


Tammy Caputi would be good council addition

Earlier this year I was introduced to Tammy Caputi. Over coffee I became impressed with her energy, her enthusiasm and especially her love of Scottsdale.

Like most of us, she came from another state, moving here about 20 years ago. Her history in founding and owning a very successful small business is impressive, a difficult feat to accomplish.

 Later I checked into her background.  She has an undergraduate degree in Economics and a masters in business administration.  She has been active in our community serving on Scottsdale’s Design and Review Board for three years.

In her personal life, she and her husband have three children in local public schools. In her spare time, she is a marathon runner.

My wife Sandy and I think she would be perfect on our city council and plan to vote for her for one of the three council seats open.  We would encourage you to also consider giving her one of your three votes.

-Jim Bruner


Roosevelt’s words should echo in Scottsdale races

“Leave it as it is! You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.” These are Theodore Roosevelt’s epic words that have been the inspiration for all who have worked to preserve beautiful areas of our country.

In Scottsdale we have the largest urban preserve in the country, but developers wanted to build inside its boundaries. 

City Council Candidates Betty Janik and Tom Durham showed great leadership in helping to lead the successful 420 proposition that protected our Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. That is real leadership, not just empty words. 

Betty and Tom have a great deal of talent that will help provide much needed leadership on our city council.

Theodore Roosevelt’s words are also relevant to the recent effort to knock down a large area of our downtown and build 12 story towers which would change the entire character of the area. 

David Ortega, a mayoral candidate, helped lead the successful citizen referendum to gather 17,000 + signatures to overturn the project. That is demonstrated leadership. As a professional architect, in Scottsdale for 41 years, David has helped to design our community. David can also help revitalize downtown, while retaining its history and character.

I am a 48-year resident and will be voting for Betty Janik, Tom Durham and Dave Ortega.

-Larry Manross


Prop 207 stands up to any criticism by anyone

I have been a lay minister for 25 years.  I am 64 years old.  I am disabled, and an advocate for my fellow citizens who are challenged likewise. I am a Republican.   

 So that makes me a most unusual person to be an enthusiastic supporter for Proposition 207 on Arizona’s Nov. 3 ballot – and an appropriate one to counter some of the limited criticism about it.   

I say limited because the measure has smartly watched the examples of other states that have come before Arizona.    

Wouldn’t we rather have an adult-use recreational program by and for Arizona, rather than have one jammed down our throats by some national group that can surf the rapidly changing voters’ attitudes on this subject?   

We can harness and use it to our state’s benefit.  That’s exactly what Proposition 207 does.   

 First, backers obviously listened to the critiques that led to a narrow defeat in 2016. Concerns expressed then by employers, law enforcement and others have been changed or eliminated.    

 Second, wouldn’t it be nice to generate hundreds of millions of dollars every year at a time when our state government really needs it, for critical causes, by taxing and legalizing marijuana use?   

Proposition 207 would also decriminalization marijuana use.  We don’t need to be burdening our police, especially these days, with such tasks.   

By limiting most of the future sales of a recreational program to existing dispensary sites, we avoid problems of other states and respect what’s working now.    

There are numerous other reasons I support Proposition 207, including eliminating or reducing the onerous costs for a medical marijuana card that are challenging for those on limited incomes like me. But among the most important rationales for my support, is how this measure stands up to its critics.

-Paula Sturgeon