Crawford: I represent ‘a path of reason’ in Scottsdale mayoral race

Scottsdale is at a crossroads between overdevelopment and zero growth. I present a path of reason between two radically opposed candidates. The stakes are high.

Bill Crawford

Bill Crawford

It is time to serve the people. We have experienced 12 years of Jim Lane and 12 years of Bob Littlefield. The citizens deserve another choice.

I will research and implement fact-based fair and reasonable decisions free from influence. I have a proven track record, I do what is right and I am not controlled by special interests. I champion for the residents of our great city.

For two decades I have advocated for citizens and responded to residents. My commitment to Scottsdale is evidenced by my actions. My business experience, law enforcement training and dedication to community service uniquely qualify me to serve. Despite strong opposition from special interests, I remain a constant force in the community.

My bio:

I am a downtown Scottsdale resident and have owned and operated my business downtown with my wife Debbie since 1997. As a 39-year business owner and a leader in the fitness industry, I was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2012 and elected to chair the board in 2015 and 2016. This year I worked with U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, promoting her “Step It Up” national fitness program.

I have invested valuable time in community service including the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse mounted search and rescue and armed dignitary protection assignments since 2007. I was elected posse president and commander in 2014 and 2015. As founder and president of the Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale’s Quality of Life, I advocated for downtown residents, neighborhoods and businesses, solving problems in the entertainment district.

My volunteerism also includes StarShine Academy, Scottsdale Symphony, Olive View Manor HOA, Council Districts for Scottsdale, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the U.S. Navy, search and rescue teams, fire fighting, chambers of commerce and multiple boards and committees.

As a community leader, l brought awareness to many citywide issues. My columns, letters and speeches influenced positive action. I successfully petitioned the city council to appoint a treasurer, advocated for the completion of the preserve and lobbied for more public access. I protected the El Dorado Park neighborhood and Coronado golf course from the proposed Giants facility and highlighted the need to remodel Coronado High School. I supported numerous prized developments including the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center and Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale.

The competition:

Combined service between Jim Lane and Bob Littlefield is 24 years. I believe Bob Littlefield has squandered his time on the council and accomplished nothing by his constant uncompromising position of “No,” pandering and preaching demagoguery to those who feel they have been disenfranchised. I believe his actions have been self-serving.
In 2014, Bob was termed out, so his wife Kathy won a seat to replace him. If Bob is elected mayor, he gets two votes for his agenda.

I believe I have accomplished more for Scottsdale as an involved citizen than Mr. Littlefield has over 12 years on the taxpayer’s payroll. Mr. Lane, by contrast, has been criticized for his constant “yes” position, approving projects and developments fiercely opposed by residents, neighborhoods and surrounding businesses. We have seen this throughout the city.

The voice of reason:

The need for my leadership and a common sense pathway between two radical, opposing candidates has never been greater. My logical approach to resolutions will put the concerns of residents in first position mitigating detrimental impacts. Protecting quality of life is mission No. 1. Promoting economic vitality that honors Scottsdale’s heritage is critical to our survival.

I will build a strong future with reasonable compatible growth. The primary responsibility of municipal government is to provide public safety and protect quality of life for the people who have chosen to make Scottsdale their home. Elect a known factor; my actions speak louder than the empty promises of the opposing candidates.

Editor’s note: Mr. Crawford is a candidate for mayor in the 2016 Scottsdale mayor race

Editor's Note: Mr. Crawford is a local business owner and resident of Scottsdale

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