Integrity should still matter

I want to address a recent video that my opponent and our Mayor made claiming that I’m for drastic cuts and trying to enact a primary property tax. I wrote an article on the primary property tax which you can read here. However, I want to make sure everyone is clear about what causes our taxes to go up and what causes them to go down. I want to prefix this by saying there is a lot of common sense here. Like the more of your money they spend the higher your taxes are going to be with the opposite being true. Bear with me while I explain.

Giles chaired the committee trying to enact a primary property tax in 2006 because he loves taxes

It’s ok to be a big-government politician. Some people believe that the government is better at spending our money than we are. However, it is not ok to be one while pretending to be a small-government conservative. While claiming that I want to raise taxes the Mayor has advocated for higher taxes for over two decades. John Giles even chaired the board to enact a primary property tax in 2006 while claiming that I am the one pushing for a primary property tax. Scroll down to see all the tax increases Giles has supported over the last 2 decades. I do not believe there is a single person in Mesa who has advocated for more taxes than John Giles. He loves taxes. This is why he wants me off the Council. I do not believe more taxes is going to solve our problems. Not only do I believe this I’ve advocated for it since I opposed the 23% sales tax increase in 2016.

Taxes

First, you should understand that politicians poll you to see what topics are popular and which are not. Then they use these buzzwords to determine how they can attach the negative keywords to their opponent while emphasizing their support for the buzzwords that you care about. In the above video, the Mayor indicates that I’m for a “primary property tax”.

Further, if you look at my opponent’s latest mailer she talks about “cause Mesa to enact its primary property tax”. Does she think that we can just flip a switch and “enact” a primary property tax? It doesn’t work this way. It has to go out to the voters. This flyer gives a false narrative that it can simply be “turned on”.

Why does Giles and your opponent lie about their support for a primary property tax?

He does this because he knows the issue is wildly unpopular amongst Mesa voters. Because in 2006 he chaired the campaign to try and enact a primary property tax. The truth is I’ve been opposing their wasteful spending for the last four years. In fact, I’ve voted against multiple budgets because they were unbalanced. Meaning we are currently spending more than we take in revenues. The way that the budget has been legally balanced is drawing out money from our utilities placing them in grave danger as they become underfunded for necessary capital improvement projects. But make no mistake they will come to the voters in the next couple of years and ask you for billions in new debt.

Reserves being depleted, what do you think the Mayor will do once he’s finished depleting our reserves?

Year after year Giles and his friends have passed an unbalanced budget. They steal the money from the reserves which will eventually run out. They have no plan once this money is gone.

Budgets must be balanced

I will never support a budget that is not balanced and this makes me wildly unpopular with people who benefit from increased spending. See link, “Who’s buying the Mayor and Mesa City Council“.

My reasons for voting against the budget this year can be found here.

Posted by Councilman Jeremy Whittaker on Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Unbalanced Budgets

The City continues to spend more money than we take in. Our reserves are now estimated to be completely depleted in the next couple of years. This is unsustainable and will lead to higher taxes, higher utility rates, and cause us to have to layoff employees in mass. I will continue to oppose any budgets that are not balanced. My questions regarding the budget can be found here – https://www.facebook.com/CouncilmanWhittaker/videos/586789155269191/ The entire Council meeting can be found here – https://www.facebook.com/CouncilmanWhittaker/videos/872498183252807/

Posted by Councilman Jeremy Whittaker on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Steal Money from Covid support fund

This year the federal government gave us $90 million dollars to address Covid related concerns in our community. The City took $50 million of this to balance their budget. While not buying a single piece of personal protective equipment for you, the citizens of Mesa.

Federal COVID funds should be for those in need not to balance our budget

Federal COVID funds should be for those in need not to balance our budget. My statement on this issue can be found here – https://jeremywhittaker.com/federal-covid-funds-should-be-for-those-in-need-not-to-balance-our-budget/

Posted by Councilman Jeremy Whittaker on Thursday, May 21, 2020

In the last 20 years there is not a single person who has advocated for more taxes than John Giles

Below are all the voter publicity pamphlets you receive when you’re voting. Every time there is a new tax you can almost bet you’ll find John Giles name.

2018

2016

In 2016 you were asked if you wanted to spend money to build an ASU campus in downtown Mesa. This vote failed. This is the one you should be most upset about. After you voted down the sales tax they stole the money from our utilities because that didn’t require voter approval and they knew this. More details here. They have to push these projects through because their deep-pocketed donors to their political campaigns would not support them.

2014

The utility bonds become tricky and I support these with a clause. But let me tell you where the deceit comes in. If the City was not draining all of the savings from our utilities every year by transferring it out to the “general fund”, “economic development fund”, and ASU all of these bonds would not be necessary. Some perhaps, but not in the amount that they propose. The image below I pulled from an article about why I opposed the ASU campus. It can be found here. Pay attention to the ending reserve balance line of our utility system. The current Mayor and City Council are draining our savings from our utilities. It’s why I started “Yes on Affordable Utilities“. This will lead to massive utility rate hikes in the future. This graph is old. The latest ones show us now running out of money in the next five years.

2007

2006

2002 – Cardinals Stadium

2000

1998

In summary

Bureaucrats are always increasing our taxes because they fundamentally believe that they are better at spending our money than we are. I will continue to fight against tax increases and out of control spending.

Who really wants Mesa to have a primary property tax? The latest lies and deceit

Text message deceit

I want to talk about a text message that you may have received yesterday. It looks something like this.

Primary property tax is not so popular

I want you to pay special attention to this last section, “result in Mesa’s first primary property tax”. What the political establishment has done with their endless dark money is poll you, the voter, to determine how popular certain topics are. They know that Mesa voters do not support a primary property tax. So they use this information to discredit our campaign. I want to breakdown this last section claiming that my initiative https://voteyesonaffordableutilities.com/ will somehow enact a primary property tax in Mesa. That is not the purpose of the initiative. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. It is to stop out of control spending and unbalanced budgets so that we do not have to raise taxes. You may recall my objection to the ASU campus for this very reason. We never had the $100 million-plus money to build it and we still don’t. It’s why the City had to steal money from your Covid dollars to balance the budget.

Hypocrisy

It doesn’t matter to me if you’re for a bigger government or against it, but don’t claim that you’re one while doing the other. The most ridiculous part of this text message is the group sending this message identifies themselves as the United Mesa Firefighters. The issue? This very same group and Mayor John Giles are the ones pushing for a primary property tax in Mesa! So while they are accusing me of wanting to enact a primary property tax and deceiving you they are the ones trying to do it! Don’t take my word for it though. You can read through the publication from 2006. Below are the relevant excerpts. The actual reason this group is against me is I’ve called out their leadership for bankrupting the pensions of our public safety employees while the taxpayer is left holding the bill.

More taxes

Every election a publication comes out and you can read about all the issues on the ballot. There is a “For” and “Against” section. The Mayor along with these special interest groups have been for every single tax increase for the last two decades. This is the real reason they want me out of office. No more questions about their spending habits. They always will be for more taxes, there is no government that is too big for them. They fundamentally believe the government is better at spending your money than you are. Their budgets increase massively every single year. So my question is, when does all this taxation stop? Why is the taxpayer always the one getting the short end of the deal?

In summary

We may disagree on issues facing our great city and I completely understand that, but please don’t be a victim to the dark money and their allies attack ads. I’ll continue to fight for balanced budgets and responsible spending so our future generations don’t have to suffer for our debts. I will continue representing the people that elected me. As always, when you’re ready to see me go please vote me out of office. My goal is to be the voice of the people I represent. Hold me responsible for that and send me packing when you feel like I’m no longer doing that.

Here come the anonymous dark money attacks

Candidates hide while dark money attacks

I have spoken out on multiple occasions about anonymous dark money buying our Mesa City Council and the Mayor. Being vocal about this corruption has its consequences. I am the only Councilmember in which dark money continues to attack. I will give them the free publicity by reposting their attacks here because I know I’ve earned your trust over the last four years. I wear these attacks as a badge of honor. Win or lose these groups despise our campaign and what we stand for. Nothing will ever change that. It’s time for people to ask, “Why is dark money and special interest groups spending so much money to remove me from office?”

Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Do you remember when “Arizona Citizens United” attacked me in 2016? Here is one of their hit pieces. (My opponent is blurred out as I don’t want to bring her back into this mess)

I debunked all of these false claims:

  • I am a proud Independent. I have no party affiliation. I feel as if the political system in America has lost its way and I want nothing to do with it. I will always be an Independent. You will hear false claims that I always change my party affiliation. In prior years you had to do this to get an early ballot for the primaries. I’ll judge politicians by their character not their party affiliation.
  • Yes, I took a picture in front of the Mormon temple in downtown Mesa. I also took a picture in front of the Catholic and Christian churches. The establishment used this narrative to somehow indicate that I was falsely claiming to be LDS.
  • Yes, there are elections I do not vote in. The reason is simple. I’m not usually that excited about my local selections. Is this always the right thing to do? Probably not, but like a lot of people my faith in the political system is eroding.
  • Yes, I had a Lamborghini. I will not ever apologize for being successful in America. I worked too hard for someone to degrade the blood, sweat, and tears I put into my businesses.
  • Mangling my wife’s face was the ultimate low. I get attacking a candidate. Disrespecting their family is a completely different story.

The latest attack

These claims by “Public Integrity Alliance” are actually all true. It is however the deception that makes them misleading.

  • Yes, I stayed in the hotel hosting the conference that year.
  • What this ad won’t tell you is collectively I have spent less than any other Councilmember in my discretionary fund during the time frame of this trip.
  • Nothing was ever hidden about this trip. In fact, I wrote this blog on my experience and published publicly – https://jeremywhittaker.com/ces-2019-replacing-humans-with-supercomputers/
  • Technology and artificial intelligence will have a huge impact on our future. I would hope that my elected officials are staying on top of how to utilize technology to make for a more efficient city. It is unfortunate how under-educated our government officials are on these topics.
  • I went here alone. I don’t remember the last time I went anywhere by myself and considered it a vacation as this flyer makes it out to be. In fact, I travel a lot for my other businesses, and being away from my wife and son is more of a burden than it is in any way enjoyable.
  • Yes, I ate at a restaurant in my hotel called “the strip house”. Don’t be fooled into believing this is some type of strip club or something of that nature. It is just a restaurant at the bottom of the hotel I was staying at. Further, what they don’t tell you is this, I receive a per diem when I travel on city business. This is a daily allotment of funds for food and travel. If I go over this amount I have to pay the rest out of my own pocket. So it doesn’t matter if I ate a steak or a cheeseburger from McDonald’s. I still would have received the same exact amount of money.
  • Every year the Council travels to Washington DC to a conference called “National League of Cities”. In order to make up for the costs of this trip, I did not attend NLC. Some of the Councilmembers spent in excess of $3000 on this trip. You will not ever see Public Integrity Alliance speak against this because these are candidates that they support. Here is a list of all of the Council’s travel for 2018 and 2019

Who is Public Integrity Alliance?

Public Integrity Alliance is run by three individuals according to their tax filings Tyler Montague, Pace Ellsworth, and Steve Cox.

UPDATE: Trevor Denton reached out and asked that his name be removed from being mentioned above. So I will move it. For complete transparency, he was listed on their tax returns as a “trustee or director” in 2013. A link to that document can be found by clicking on the image below.

These are members of the Mesa political elite. Using these shell organizations it gives them the ability to:

  • Funnel unlimited donations from special interest groups and donors to elect people of their choosing
  • Take anonymous donations that never have to be reported
  • Spend unlimited amounts of money to get their candidates elected. For instance, in 2018 their campaign finance form shows they spent $29,514.52 to get David Luna elected to the City Council.
  • The maximum donation amount in Mesa is $6,450 per individual. Creating an organization like this allows them to circumvent the law and spend unlimited amounts of money. You might be wondering, “Why on earth would a person spend almost $30k to get a City Council member elected?” You will never know because their donors are completely anonymous.

The hypocrisy

This group claims to be about “public integrity” in government. But here is the hypocrisy. Do you remember Paul Peterson our old county assessor? He pleaded guilty to multiple felonies and illegal adoption scam. But you don’t hear anything from Public Integrity Alliance. Why? Look at the post below. all of these people run in the same elite circles. Public Integrity Alliance has no desire to bring integrity to Mesa. Their goal is simply to maintain power.


It is never popular for a politician to attack their opponent. So what Public Integrity alliance acts as is the “attack dog”. They do the dirty work so candidates can distance themselves from these attacks. But make no mistake they all run in the same elite circles.

More hypocrisy

The Mayor has traveled to a music festival multiple years it’s called South by Southwest or SXSW. He goes because there is a government conference there. Arguably there is nothing wrong with that. But Public Integrity Alliance could have just as easily sent out attack mailers against his campaign. But they didn’t and they won’t. In fact, most of them donated to his campaign.

The most expensive trip ever taken was by ex-councilmember Chris Glover to Europe. He traveled to London and made a series of stops in German cities, including Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, and Munich. Not a peep out of Public Integrity Alliance.

Why? Why the double standards? Because their goal is not transparency and it never will be. It’s just a front organization for the elite to maintain control over our City. It’s time to start asking who is buying your elected officials and why?

This election is not about winning to me. In fact, I ran for office to give my time back to my community. The truth is if you’re ready for me to go then I would encourage you to vote for my opponent. Until then I will stand up for an America and a Mesa that I can be proud to live in. I will continue to fight for every citizen in Mesa until you send me packing.

Who are the STATE REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 25 candidates?

Kathy Pearce
State Representative – District 25

Republican
Traditional Funding

Website
electkathypearce.com

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/electkathypearce/

Statement
We’re a conservative district and deserve a conservative Representative. That’s why people asked me to run and why I agreed. I’m a mom, a grandma, and I’m very involved in helping our returning veterans through a non-profit organization that I run. I know freedom isn’t free — my son Brent lost both legs fighting for us in Iraq to keep America free! I’m running because our district is very frustrated at Michelle Udall being the most liberal Republican in the State House and wants someone they can count on to protect their wallets, defend school choice, oppose poorly-written “Red Flag” laws that trample our 2nd Amendment rights, and protect our Constitution and God-given rights. Republicans only have a one-seat majority in the State House – but with a liberal, big-government Republican in that seat who works to cut deals with socialist Democrats, we don’t have a real majority at all. Every seat matters, this one more than most. That’s why I’m endorsed by patriots like Cindy Biggs, County Treasurer Royce Flora, Kathleen Winn, former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Dr. Ralph Heap, and numerous veterans and community leaders. I’m a committed conservative you can trust, and I ask for your vote!

Michelle Udall
State Representative – District 25

Republican
Traditional Funding

Statement
Representing Mesa has been the service opportunity of a lifetime. Mesa is my lifelong home and our schools, public safety, and conservative values are personal to me. During this last term in the legislature I worked to get money into our local schools, supported a fiscally responsible budget, and worked to continue the pro-growth conservative policies so that we can begin our recovery after this recent recession. If I’m re-elected and given the opportunity to continue to represent Mesa, I will continue to fight for our children, families, small businesses, and hard working taxpayers.

Russell W. “Rusty” Bowers
State Representative – District 25

Republican
Traditional Funding

Statement
I am grateful to live in such a wonderful, diversely beautiful place – Arizona. I am a four-generation Arizonan, have a wonderful wife, 7 great children and 20 grandchildren. I have served many years and I have gleaned experience across diverse subjects through my service: government operations, environmental issues in water, air and natural resource. I know the worth of teams and informed consensus and have enjoyed working on difficult projects of broad impact, as well as specific individual challenges for those with very limited resource capacity to seek justice. I offer a 30 year span of experience in this arena, and have tried to address challenges thoughtfully and in an informed manner. I believe in the platform of life, liberty and the pursuit of personal agency for my, my family and my friends’ interests. I agree with the main elements of my party platform including protecting the unborn, the right to bear arms and self-protection, preserving religious freedom, reasonable regulations, wise use of resources, and self-discipline. I thank you for your interest in the election and ask you to consider my candidacy.

Suzanne Hug
State Representative – District 25

Democratic
Traditional Funding

Website
hugforhouse.com

Donations
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/hug

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/HugforHouse

Twitter
https://twitter.com/HugMesaAZ

YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC81zKBi4CNS17N_a6MVNEhQ

Biography
Suzanne Hug is a local business owner, proud parent of two, devoted wife, and cub scout leader. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, she moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University. After earning her degree in Economics, she was recruited into the insurance industry and was promoted multiple times over 14 years. She has been a Notary Public for over 5 years. In 2017 she opened a game store on Main Street in Mesa, AZ and is a Mesa Leadership member.

Statement
We face new challenges as a community and it is time for new leadership. Suzanne Hug is skilled in project management, communication with diverse groups, and has a clear vision for a progressive and prosperous Arizona. Her dedication to data driven solutions and pushing forward good ideas, such as fully funding public education and expanding healthcare solutions, will help pivot Arizona into a national leadership position. She is a fiscal conservative, who will carefully guard our tax payer dollars, while protecting important social safety nets and working for equity under the law for marginalized groups. Suzanne is fierce, determined, and diligent in her defense of civil liberties and rights for all. She is the leader Arizona needs now.

Who are the STATE SENATOR – DISTRICT 25 candidates in 2020?

Paul Weigel
State Senator – District 25
Democratic
Traditional Funding

Website
paulformesa.com

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/PaulforMesa

Biography
Paul Weigel brings long-term progressive thought-leadership to his candidacy as a Senator for LD 25. He’s an executive, small-business owner, and college professor at Mesa Community College and Park University.Paul has new ideas for how the Senate can work across party lines and find solutions that are lost with one-party leadership.

Statement
Our future cannot be limited by old ideas. I love Mesa and I love Arizona. But our leadership is committed to old ideas from the last century. We have a state paralyzed by long-term leadership without the ability to work across party lines with a commitment to our shared future — now’s the time for a change. Our education system is fundamentally flawed, where our teachers are paid 47th out of 50 states for our public K-12 schools. Your hard-earned tax dollars go into the pockets of private companies rather than teachers improving the future of our students. Our great state is rich in natural resources and beauty. We need to expand our investment in renewable resources ensuring Arizona will lead the nation in transition from fossil fuels. We can profit from our resources while ensuring future generations inherit a sustainable economy and ecosystem. We must recognize the importance of equality – that women are equal to men, that all races, colors and creeds have the same access to the same resources, and are paid equally. I have a plan for how to work across party lines to find solutions for 2020 and beyond. Arizona deserves better.

Tyler Pace
State Senator – District 25
Republican
Traditional Funding

Website
https://www.paceforazsenate.com/

Statement
Tyler Pace was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona where he attended Mesa Public Schools. Tyler is a passionate entrepreneur who has created jobs in Mesa. During his first term in the Senate, he has fought job killing regulations and big government spending. As a healthcare expert, he has fought for patients rights and has been a helpful expert during the current health crises. In addition he has been a strong conservative voice for families, small businesses, and has fought passionately on behalf of the residents of Mesa. Tyler is a proud husband, father, and conservative voice in the Arizona legislature. If re-elected, he will continue to be a champion for Mesa at the Arizona Capitol.

Who are the Corporation Commissioner candidates for 2020?

Anna Tovar
Corporation Commissioner

Democratic
Participating

Website
www.tovarforarizona.com

Donations
https://apps.azsos.gov/apps/election/eps/qc/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/annatovaraz/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/AnnaTovarAZ

Biography
Anna Tovar is a proud Arizona native and has dedicated her life to giving back to her community. Anna was a public schoolteacher for five years, served on the Tolleson City Council for over seven years, and was Vice Mayor for two years until she was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives. Anna and her husband have been married for over 20 years and have two wonderful sons.

Statement
As a legislator, Anna earned a reputation as a leader who fought for her constituents. Anna is a two-time cancer survivor and recipient of a lifesaving organ transplant. Because of her experience, Anna made it her mission as a state legislator to restore funding for nearly 100 patients on the transplant list – and she succeeded. In 2013, she won election to the State Senate and in 2016, Anna was the first woman elected to be Tolleson’s Mayor, where she continues delivering results for her hometown. Regardless of her role, the one question Anna always asks herself before making any decision is: will it be good for constituents and the future of our community? It’s why she is now running for the Arizona Corporation Commission. She believes that far too often, many of the Corporation Commissioners have forgotten about who they were elected to serve: the people of Arizona. Anna wants to restore transparency and integrity to the Corporation Commission, and she will fight to protect consumers and promote renewable energy so we have a strong and sustainable future. She is asking for your vote so she can be a voice for all Arizonans.

Bill Mundell
Corporation Commissioner

Democratic
Participating

Website
https://www.mundell2020.com

Donations
https://www.mundell2020.com

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/BillMundellAZCorpCom/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/MundellBill

Biography
I was raised in a military family and graduated from ASU and St. Mary’s University law school. After fighting corruption, I became the Presiding Judge of the Chandler Court. I next served in the House of Representatives where I wrote numerous laws protecting our environment, including a law preventing Arizona from becoming the nation’s dumping ground for hazardous waste and laws protecting our rivers, mountains, and native plants. I was a Corporation Commissioner (9 years) and Chair (2 years).

Statement
I want to return to the Commission so I can join Commissioner Sandra Kennedy, the Chair of my campaign, in fighting the corruption that has resulted in unjustified rate increases and the crushing of rooftop solar. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, you should be concerned by the coziness between the current Commissioners and the utilities they regulate. When I return to the Commission, this undue influence by government created monopolies will end. APS/Pinnacle West spent millions against me in 2016. Why? Because as a Commissioner (1999-2009), I opposed their unjustified rate increases and their attempts to stop rooftop solar. And I will do so again. When I was a Commissioner in 2006, I coauthored the current renewable energy requirement: REST Rules. As a result, Arizona was a leader in solar energy. That requirement needs to be greatly increased. Arizona should be the Solar Capital of the World! I want to bring back integrity, fairness, and transparency to the Commission so it again works for regular people rather than powerful utilities and their political insiders and lobbyists. I ask for your vote so I can protect consumers from unjustified rate increases, stop corruption, and increase solar energy.

Eric Sloan
Corporation Commissioner

Republican
Participating

Website
www.EricSloan.com

Donations
https://go.azsos.gov/ktfv

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10044139&ref=bookmarks

Twitter
https://twitter.com/sloanforarizona?lang=en

Biography
Eric and Alisa Sloan have been married for twelve years and they are the proud parents of an amazing little girl. Eric has a professional background in Economic Development and is a graduate of Arizona State University. Eric and his beautiful wife have a small family business. Eric is proud to be founding member of the Blue Blazers Squadron at Luke Air Force Base. Vote For Eric Chandler Sloan

Statement
Eric is running for the Corporation Commission to defend our families and everyday Arizonans from increased utility rates. Eric supports cutting unnecessary regulations and eliminating taxes. He believes the role of a Commissioner is to protect Arizonans and do what is in the best interest of Arizonans. Eric Will fight against unfunded mandates and out of control subsidies. Eric Supports creating consumer protections for Arizonans. Eric will also bring his business and public policy background to make sure Arizona business are being taken care of. As a Commissioner Eric will focus on helping Arizona business grow and expand in Arizona. Taking care of our economy is crucial to making sure that Arizona is the best state in the union to live, work and raise a family.

James “Jim” O’Connor (Write-In)
Corporation Commissioner

Republican
Traditional Funding

Biography
Email:jwo@ronnoco3.com

Lea Márquez Peterson
Corporation Commissioner
Republican
Participating

Website
www.VoteforLea.com

Donations
www.VoteforLea.com

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/VoteforLeaMarquezPeterson

Twitter
www.twitter.com/leapeterson

LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/vote-for-lea-marquez-peterson/

YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv5mjrQIqO7RCrHaelhbMRg

Biography
Lea Marquez Peterson is a member of the Corporation Commission and a lifelong Republican.She is holding utilities accountable to ratepayers and fighting for affordable, safe and reliable energy.Previously, Lea was a small business owner and also served as President & CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber. She received her degrees in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona, and her MBA from Pepperdine University. Lea has resided in Arizona for over 40 years and lives in Tucson.

Statement
Lea Marquez Peterson is a current member of the Corporation Commission. She was appointed by Governor Ducey and has spent her time at the Commission holding utilities accountable to ratepayers and fighting for affordable, reliable energy. She is the only Commissioner based outside of Maricopa County and has worked diligently for the entire State with a focus on rural Arizona and assisting vulnerable populations. Her small business experience and outreach to stakeholders across the state has been invaluable to ensuring that Arizona’s utilities are affordable, safe and reliable, and that business incorporation is streamlined to attract new employers and retain small businesses. She is not a career politician and is running for re-election to serve families in every County and to ensure Arizona’s economic prosperity. Since her appointment, Lea has led initiatives related to the 250+ privately held small water companies in the state, broadband access to under served areas of the state, and has emphasized a data-based approach to Arizona’s future energy goals. “I would appreciate your Vote! As a Commissioner, I am fighting for ratepayers like you. As a Clean Elections candidate I will work for the citizens of our state, and not special interest groups.”

Shea Stanfield
Corporation Commissioner
Democratic
Participating

Website
www.sheastanfield.com

Donations
www.sheastanfield.com

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/sheastanfieldaz/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/sheastanfieldaz

LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/feed/?trk=onboarding-landing

YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmJSnRh9OwR2QC_WNubZj-g?view_as=subscriber

Statement
The mission of the Arizona Corporation Commission is, “to power Arizona’s future.” The ACC is responsible for growing Arizona’s economy, ensuring safe, reliable, and affordable utility services, enforcing an ethical securities marketplace, and modernizing a responsive government agency. ACC Commissioners establish policy, sit in judgment, and advocate on behalf of Arizona residents. Arizona has been my home since 1957. I’ve raised two sons, earned a B.A. and M.Ed from Arizona State University in Education, and served on the Cave Creek Town Council. My environmental commitments include board membership on The Black Mountain Conservancy, advocating for the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, as well as, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and volunteering with the U.S. Forest Service. During my 40+ years, as an educator, I worked with the local teacher’s union on behalf of educational staff and with families from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. My responsibility, as an ACC Commissioner, is to represent the residents of Arizona. My role is to focus on the ACC’s Constitutional oversight responsibilities; this includes engaging in decisions for renewable energy solutions to ensure a healthy environment. Together, we must elect individuals who are committed to building a sustainable future for Arizona.

Who are the U.S. HOUSE OF REP. – DISTRICT 5 Candidates in 2020

Andy Biggs

U.S. House of Rep. – District 5
Republican
Traditional Funding

Website
https://biggsforcongress.com/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/biggsforcongress

Twitter
https://twitter.com/andybiggs4az

YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqtulpp-D8muHOF-Cj8wqXA/videos

Biography
Email: info@biggsforcongress.com

Javier Ramos

U.S. House of Rep. – District 5
Democratic
Traditional Funding

Website
https://www.ramos2020.com/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/javier.ramos.39904181?__tn__=%2Cd*F*F-R&eid=ARBRXjEmhEdHtmLRU35KwJhbAjXzVFu

Twitter
https://twitter.com/ramoscd5

Biography
Phone: 602-686-0072 Email: ramosazcd5@gmail.com

Joan Greene

U.S. House of Rep. – District 5
Democratic
Traditional Funding

Website
https://joangreeneaz.com/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/JoanGreeneAZ/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/joangreeneaz

Biography
Phone: 480-253-8752 Email: joangreeneaz@gmail.com

Joe Vess (Write-In)

U.S. House of Rep. – District 5
Republican
Traditional Funding

Website
https://joevess.com/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/VessForCongress

Biography
Email: joe@joevess.com

Jon Ireland

U.S. House of Rep. – District 5
Democratic
Traditional Funding

Website
https://jonirelandforcongress.com/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/JonAzDistrict5/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/JonAzDistrict5

Biography
Phone: 480-773-4404 Email: info@jonirelandforcongress.com

Who are the U.S. Senate Candidates for Arizona in 2020

Daniel “Demand Daniel” McCarthy

U.S. Senator
Republican
Traditional Funding

Website
https://demanddaniel.com/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/DemandDanielAZ/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/DemandDanielAZ

YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa1vp6AZ3L9hHRUuu4v9vqw/

Biography
Email: info@demanddaniel.com Phone: 602-396-5276

Mark Kelly

U.S. Senator
Democratic
Traditional Funding

Website
https://markkelly.com/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/CaptMarkKelly/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/CaptMarkKelly

YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/markkelly

Martha McSally

U.S. Senator
Republican
Traditional Funding

Website
https://www.mcsallyforsenate.com/

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/MarthaMcSally

Twitter
https://twitter.com/marthamcsally

YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcfB-iVWB7owYOplGB5X_Dg

Biography
Phone: 520-488-4610 Email: Volunteer@McSallyforSenate.com

Alan White (Write-In)

U.S. Senator
Libertarian
Traditional Funding

Biography
Phone: 623-251-6100 Email: info@nomoretweedles.com

Barry Hess (Write-In)

U.S. Senator
Libertarian
Traditional Funding

Biography
Email: barryhessforsenate@gmail.com

Bo “Heir Archy” Garcia (Write-In)

U.S. Senator
Democratic
Traditional Funding

Biography
Email: heirhawkeye@gmail.com

SEAN LYONS (WRITE-IN)

U.S. Senator
Republican
Traditional Funding

Biography
Phone: 714-430-0367 Email: seanlyons144@outlook.com

Arizona Primary Frequently Asked Questions

When is the primary election?

The primary election is August 4th.

When is the voter registration deadine?

July 6th

When does early voting begin?

Ballots go out on July 8th

What is the last day to request a ballot?

July 24th

What is the last day to mail back my early ballot

July 29th

What is the last day to vote early in person?

July 31st

What time are polls open?

6AM to 7PM

Am I registered to vote?

You can verify your voter registration here – https://my.arizona.vote/PortalList.aspx

Where can I find my polling location?

https://www.azcleanelections.gov/voter-dashboard

I am an Independent do I get a ballot?

A one time request can be made here – https://recorder.maricopa.gov/earlyvotingballot/earlyvotingballotrequest.aspx

How do I get on the permanent early voter list?

Go here – https://recorder.maricopa.gov/PermEvSignup/

What type of ID do I need to bring to the polls?

Valid Arizona drivers license OR

Valid arizona non-operating identification card OR

Tribal enrollment card OR

Valid United States federal, state, or local government ID

Who’s Buying Your Mayor and Mesa City Council? Ever Wonder Why?

Should people who do business with the City of Mesa be able to donate to City of Mesa political campaigns.

Should people who do business with the City of Mesa be able to donate to City of Mesa political campaigns.

Posted by Councilman Jeremy Whittaker on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

One of the things I find most disturbing in politics is the disconnect between politicians and the people they are supposed to represent. I believe the main cause of this is politicians are mainly concerned about the individuals and companies bankrolling their political campaigns. What I decided to do is start building out this database of all the campaign donors and who they gave money to over the last two election cycles. I then created a column labeled, “Project/Notes” this column will show what business the person or company has done with the City of Mesa. If they haven’t done any then it will be a link to their business.

Database of campaign donors

This is intended to be a living community document. If you’re interested in contributing data to this please let me know, contact. The data can be found here – Mesa City Council campaign donors.

I hope we can build a better community by ending this crony capitalism. This is essential to move our city forward.