Now that the election is finally over, there are a lot of people to thank for their commitment and involvement in making our great city even better.
First and foremost, I want to express my gratitude to all of you who voted either by mail or on election day. According to the city clerk’s office, 128,244 Scottsdale residents voted.
While that is a significant and inspiring voter turnout (80.46 percent of registered voters), there is always room for improvement.
I want to congratulate Mayor Lane and Councilmembers Suzanne Klapp and Guy Phillips for their successful re-election campaigns. I am looking forward to working with all three incumbents for the next four years.
We agree to disagree on some issues. But I believe our respect for one another and our respective positions on issues will help us resolve many of the challenges that the city will face in the immediate future.
I also want to thank all of those who supported me and worked on my campaign for nearly a year. They called themselves “Allies of Korte” or A-OK for short.
Those faithful volunteers who gave so graciously of their time and skills were the pillars on which my campaign was built and the energy that fueled it. They motivated me in more ways than I can possibly express. Thank you, A-OK volunteers.
During my campaign, I pledged to sponsor and plan an event for a community-wide discussion on issues next spring; issues that affect the future of Scottsdale.
The proposal is simply a continuation of my 30 years of working to build consensus in our community both in the private and public sectors.
The event has a working title of “Vision 2017: Putting Scottsdale First.”
There is obviously political discord in our city. I feel it is important to initiate a dialogue about the economic and cultural sustainability of Scottsdale. I do not doubt that the overwhelming majority of people want to diversify our economy, create more jobs and preserve our special quality of life. We need to find ways of achieving those objectives without rancor.
Once again, I want to express my appreciation to all those who care so deeply about the future of our city and their commitment to continue making our community so unique.