Myers: Scottsdale election has renewed my faith in the city

Thank you Scottsdale.

The election results Tuesday proved two things.

First Scottsdale citizens love their Preserve, want to protect their Preserve, and even more want a voice, via a vote, on what happens to their Preserve.

Howard Myers

Second it showed that residents are also concerned about the direction the city is taking and want to be heard, so they elected the two resident friendly candidates by wide margins over the other 3 (two of whom were incumbents).

Our voters weren’t duped by a well funded campaign to kill the Charter change at the ballot box by creating a lot of confusion and mis-information or by the well funded campaigns of the three council candidates who had the most money but got the fewest votes. These results have renewed my faith in Scottsdale and its residents, who clearly care about their city and their Preserve and rose up to protect both.

But the bigger story was that the Proposition 420 effort united residents from all over the city who stepped up to help gather enough signatures to put a Charter change on the ballot and then again to get voters to pass it.

Residents from all over the city eagerly signed the petition and then voted for it at the ballot box. Over 300 of your fellow citizens, including a core group of about 20 who were area captains, officers of Protect Our Preserve and the Protect Our Preserve PAC, or contributed their talents to handle many of the tasks that had to be done to be successful, are the real heroes of this effort.

This was one of, if not the, biggest grass roots team effort I have ever witnessed and everyone involved deserves a load of credit for the end result. It truly could not have been successful if so many people didn’t pitch in, donating both their time and money to see it through. We never had a shortage of either people or money needed to be successful.

At the polls, our citizens embraced this charter change and voted YES to pass it by a large margin, despite all the confusion designed to get them to vote NO. Shows we have a lot of really special people in Scottsdale who paid attention to the issues and knew what they wanted.

But even beyond the Charter change, citizens want to be heard and have an input to what goes on in our city. Our volunteers heard this a lot in the process of collecting signatures. This year residents voted for the two city council candidates who were clearly resident friendly and elected them by significant margins.

It shows our citizens are concerned and want council members who represent them, not developers who want to profit off of Scottsdale’s desirability at the expense of our quality of life.

I have to say, I have never been more proud of a community than I am now of Scottsdale, and that is saying something given the previous effort to form the Preserve and raise the money to buy it, which were so significant in shaping our city.

I also have to say I have never seen residents of Scottsdale more united than this year with Proposition 420 and electing two good people to the council. Citizens of all different ages, races, religions, genders, political affiliations, and areas of the city came together and agreed on what they needed to do for their both their Preserve and city, and then did it at the polls. A total community effort in every way.

Way to go Scottsdale. I now believe anything is possible and that Scottsdale’s future just got a lot brighter.

Editor’s Note: Howard Myers is a resident of Scottsdale.

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