Recently my opposition started a negative campaign saying I’m bad for business.
What they mean is I’m bad for their monkey business. To no one’s surprise, it’s the same old special interests who’s dark money paid for the signs and ads while contributing thousands to my opponents in exchange for their votes.
Fortunately this type of negative campaigning only reinforces to the voters that I can’t be bought, so for that reason I should be grateful for their unintended support!
For the record, I have owned my own small business for over 20 years and have helped many others with start-ups and unraveling the red tape to get their businesses up and running. The Scottsdale electorate knows that as their city councilman I have championed the downtown small business community and have thwarted the big money developers from blighting the area and redeveloping for their own personal gain.
I am easily accessible to all my constituents and my 30 years experience in construction and general contracting has enabled me to help the new business owner get their business up and running quickly.
Last year I worked with our planning department to come up with the city’s first mobile APP for contractors and homeowners who are remodeling. We also reduced the permit process from 45 days down to just 18! As vice-mayor I have cut many a ribbon to celebrate new business here in Scottsdale.
As a past Realtor I fully understand the challenges of the realty market and so I am a huge ambassador of the Scottsdale Realtors. They are the backbone of our construction market and are vital in promoting Scottsdale’s realty market to new homeowners and relocating families.
So when the dark money people say I’m “bad for business” ask yourself “bad for who’s business?” If not the Scottsdale small business community, it must be the special interest monkey business that lines their pockets at your expense.
Folks, this is an important election at all levels. Your local government must have the integrity and backbone to stand up for you, the resident and small business owner.
Remember this Nov. 8th, “I’m Your Guy!”
Editor’s note: Mr. Phillips is a member of Scottsdale City Council and seeking re-election this November