Keep Scottsdale Special!
Vote Bob Littlefield for Mayor
This week the Scottsdale Independent asked my opponent and I two questions: "Why are you running for Scottsdale Mayor?" and "What do you think separates you from your opponent?" Here are my answers:
Why are you running for Scottsdale Mayor?
I want to protect Scottsdale's special character and high quality of life, both of which are being diminished by the current Mayor. He supports a Scottsdale of tall buildings that block our views, urban-level density that clogs our streets with traffic and stresses our infrastructure, an oversupply of ugly apartments, and an out-of-control bar district. He is encouraging the destruction and decay of Scottsdale's once world-renowned art gallery scene. He happily approves commercial development in residential neighborhoods and even supports commercial development (the Desert Discovery Center) in the citizen-created crown jewel of Scottsdale, the Preserve. And finally, he is squandering our hard-earned tax dollars on special-interest handouts instead of funding our city's critical infrastructure needs.
There is no better example of the stark difference between my opponent and I than his support of the Desert Discovery Center. The citizens of Scottsdale voted five times to tax themselves for almost a billion dollars to create a unique and special Preserve. They were promised the land would always be protected from development. Now, my opponent wants to break that promise and put a large-scale commercial entertainment venue, the Desert Discovery Center, right inside the gateway to our Preserve. Once the prohibition on development inside the Preserve is violated the precedent is set and the Preserve becomes open to further exploitation. I oppose breaking this promise to the citizens of Scottsdale and I will fight to protect our unique and special Preserve from development.
In contrast to my opponent's negative vision for Scottsdale, here is what I stood for when I was a Councilman for 12 years, and what voters can count on me to fight for as Mayor:
In addition to fighting to protect Scottsdale's special character and high quality of life, the other hallmark of my tenure on the City Council was fighting against wasteful spending and special-interest handouts. Unfortunately, my opponent is doing just the opposite. While he claims to run an efficient and austere city government, the facts prove otherwise:
While November seems a long way away it really isn't, because we have a lot of work to do over the next five months. My opponent will outspend me and has already started running a negative campaign against me. Most certainly his allies will mount an anonymous "dark money" campaign designed to defeat me. I have won elections despite these challenges before, and I am confident we have the winning message in this campaign.
But I need your help now more than ever. While I know money is tight I need whatever you can give to offset my opponent's special interest dollars. I need supporters to organize neighbor meet-and-greets so I can get my message directly to voters. I still have yard signs if you don't have one already. And I need for you all to spread the word, via email, Facebook, telephone calls or whatever about my platform to Keep Scottsdale Special!
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