Yesterday my opponent sent out an email that actually said something with which I agree: “Scottsdale is the best city in America in which to live.”
Of course, this is hardly news — we all already knew this, which is why we chose to live here, and even paid a premium to do so!
But this does highlight the enormous difference between my opponent and I. My goal, which I fought for during my 12 years on the city council and which I will continue to fight for if I am elected mayor, is to keep Scottsdale the best city in America in which to live.
My opponent, in contrast, sees our city’s special character and high quality of life as commodities to be sold to the highest bidder. You can see this is true by reading his campaign finance report, which lists the special interests which have contributed over $200,000 to his re-election campaign. Voters have every right to ask my opponent what these contributors are getting in return for this record amount of money.
Of course, you can see the answer to that question simply by looking at my opponent’s record for the last seven years:
• He has voted to transform Scottsdale’s unique downtown into a second-rate copy of Tempe with 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 has voted twice to try to get Scottsdale residents to increase their property taxes to make up for his lack of fiscal discipline.
• He failed to keep his campaign promises to eliminate the sales tax on groceries and to fix our city’s traffic mess. In fact, traffic has gotten worse during his administration.
• My opponent claims to be business friendly. But the galleries, restaurants and shops in our downtown that were threatened by subsidized competition from the mayor’s special-interest cronies would beg to differ!
• Scottsdale residents throughout our city have had their beautiful neighborhoods disrupted by intrusive commercial development supported by my opponent.
• In his latest outrage, my opponent has voted twice this year to spend taxpayer dollars to move forward plans for a “Desert Disneyland” in the gateway to our Preserve. If this is allowed it will break faith with the voters of Scottsdale by opening the entire Preserve to commercial development.
• To add insult to injury, my opponent will have to increase the taxes of every Scottsdale resident to pay for this white elephant.
If my opponent is re-elected you will get four more years of these outrages. Your neighborhoods will be at-risk, traffic will get worse, your taxes will go up, and your Preserve will not be preserved.
The bottom line is clear: we need to take our city government back from those who are exploiting our city’s high quality of life for their own profit, at the expense of Scottsdale residents. That is why I am asking for your support for my campaign for Mayor.
Editor’s note: Mr. Littlefield is a former three-term Scottsdale City Councilman and is running for mayor.