Jim Lane files paperwork to seek third term as mayor of Scottsdale

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, right, moments before the Feb. 24 "State of the City" address. (Independent Newsmedia/Terrance Thornton)

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, right, moments before the Feb. 24 “State of the City” address. (File photo)

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane is seeking a third and final term to ensure Scottsdale continues to move in the right direction.

“I have led our community, with the help of citizens and city council, from trying times to better times. Now and for my last term as Mayor, and with further assistance from those I serve and work with, I want to lead us to the best of times. Our citizens from south to north and every neighborhood in between deserve the best city in America,” stated Mayor Lane in a press release.

Not too long ago Scottsdale faced the stiffest recession she may ever know; revenues were plummeting; investment was scarce; and there was a sense the city was losing its way.  Not anymore.  Through key reforms and smart leadership Scottsdale is once again a city on the move, according to the release.

This was accomplished with pragmatic decisions, innovative use of available citizen resources and without increasing the tax burden on citizens.

“I ran for re-election for mayor in 2012 because of the hard work and key reforms that have helped make Scottsdale the best city in America.  The voters responded, providing us with a large margin of victory,” stated Mayor Lane in the release. “I humbly ask for their support again to help keep Scottsdale a remarkable place of reform and results. Why? Because even at this early stage I am organizing my 2016 re-election campaign for what would be my last term as Scottsdale’s Mayor.”

Over the past four years Scottsdale has received national accolades for its parks system, business environment, quality of life and for being one of the best run cities in the country. At the same time Scottsdale built, purchased and revitalized its greatest tourism infrastructure assets… the TPC,  West World’s Equestrian Center, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and moved Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve to near completion, according to the release.

All with the judicious use of existing dedicated tax receipts, dedicated capital reserves, dedicated state dollar-sharing growing smarter grant funds and tourist tax dollars dedicated to tourism related infrastructure.

“I sent a message when I became Mayor.  Scottsdale is open for business.  We will not sacrifice quality but we will work with you if you want to work in Scottsdale.  We are open for business because without a strong economy we would not have the revenues for our public safety, parks, neighborhood services and quality of life our residents deserve and demand.   Businesses small and large are flocking to our city.  That’s a tribute to the community created by those before us, and advanced now in that tradition by those currently here,” Mayor lane stated.

Though the election won’t take place until August, the campaign is seeking volunteers and contributors. For more information go to www.Lane4Scottsdale2016.com.

“I am hoping our Scottsdale friends and supporters might find a way to contribute now to our early efforts.  By volunteering.  By contributing.  By endorsing.  Or by simply letting us know how we can do better.  After all, you are my bosses and I am here to serve you for the best possible Scottsdale,” stated Mayor Lane.

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