Local community advocate files to run for Scottsdale mayor

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Bill Crawford (submitted photo)

Scottsdale proprietor and community advocate Bill Crawford has filed to run for mayor against incumbent Jim Lane and challenger Bob Littlefield.

Mr. Crawford filed his election paperwork with the Scottsdale City Clerk’s Office Tuesday, Jan. 26 making him eligible to pursue the mayor’s seat. A primary election will be held this August while a run-off election, if needed, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Mr. Crawford has owned and operated his business, Basic Training in downtown Scottsdale with his wife, Debbie, since 1997, according to a Jan. 28 press release. In 2012, Mr. Crawford was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame for his lifetime contributions to health and fitness.

Mr. Crawford’s volunteer service includes:

  • Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse
  • Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale’s Quality of Life
  • The StarShine Academy
  • Scottsdale Symphony
  • Olive View Manor Homeowners Association

Mr. Crawford says he is an advocate for Scottsdale and its residents.

“I believe Bob (Littlefield) represents a party of ‘no,’” Mr. Crawford said of one of his political opponents. “I have seen Bob stand up against everything, but I can’t remember him anytime building consensus. That is what motivates me to get into this race.”

Mr. Crawford says the stakes are high for the upcoming mayoral election.

“If Bob were to be successful I see that as one council person with two votes,” he said of Kathy Littlefield, Bob’s wife, already serving on city council. “Good government is unique individuals with unique perspectives that come together and exchange their ideas and debate.”

Mr. Crawford is no stranger to advocating for change at City Hall.

As founder and past president of the Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale’s Quality of Life, Mr. Crawford advocated for downtown residents, neighborhoods and businesses and was successful in solving problems and forging compatibility in the entertainment district, a press release states.

As a community leader, Mr. Crawford has brought awareness to many Scottsdale issues, including petitioning Scottsdale City Council for the appointment of a city treasurer, advocated for the completion of the preserve and successfully lobbied for more public access through new trail heads.

While Mr. Crawford is critical of both Mr. Littlefield and Mayor Jim Lane, he says the latter has done some good things for the community.

“Jim Lane and I have some differences in the past,” he said.

“I live down in the bar district and at one time I was in the middle of the forest fire with all of those issues down there. But I have to give Jim credit for working on that and for running a city through the worst recession since the Great Depression. I have gotten the one thing I wanted and now I can sleep at night.”

But while Mr. Crawford gives credit where credit is due, he points out that he and Mayor Lane do not see eye to eye on everything.

“I think there are some things that can be done better,” he said of issues surrounding the possible Desert Discovery Center, the prospect of light rail coming to Scottsdale and the influx of multifamily housing.

Mr. Crawford says he has been and will continue to be a powerful voice to the protect and preserve the quality of life for all Scottsdale residents.

Northeast Valley Managing Editor Terrance Thornton can be contacted at tthornton@newszap.com

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