Schweiker: I will work with and listen to the people of Scottsdale

At the beginning of every year, the proud residents of Arizona know we can count on three uniquely Arizona elements as the calendar turns: Great weather, exciting events and a world-class resort and hospitality industry hosting thousands of visitors from across the world.

Dan Schweiker

Dan Schweiker

There is no better example of all three tenets of the Arizona New Year coming together than right here in Scottsdale, where our people and businesses rise to the occasion time and time again. In January, thousands of college football fans representing Ohio State, Notre Dame, Clemson and Alabama flooded Scottsdale’s Entertainment District and made their presence in shops and restaurants felt before enjoying the Fiesta Bowl and College Football Playoff Championship Game.

It was only eight days after the clock hit zero at University of Phoenix stadium when car enthusiasts from across the world descended upon Scottsdale to take part in the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction. The electric atmosphere driven by some of the world’s most famous vehicles and intense bidding is an experience you can only find here.

Whether you’re looking to take home a new set of wheels or just take a picture with a classic ride, it’s an event every Arizonan should take part in. If your taste is for more of the exotic foreign cars then Russo & Steele, Gooding & Company and Bohams should suit you fine.

As soon as the cars take off, Scottsdale residents head to the TPC at Scottsdale to enjoy the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Any golfer on the PGA Tour will tell you the crowds at the Phoenix Open are second to none, with the 16th Hole providing breathtaking views and entertainment to last the entire afternoon. Live performances from an assortment of musical artists at the Bird’s Nest keep the party going into the evening, well after fan favorite Phil Mickelson has ended his round.

Before we know it, pitchers and catchers will be reporting to our state for the start of Spring Training in med-February. The warm sunshine and smell of peanuts and hot dogs will bring Diamondbacks, Rockies and Giants fans to Scottsdale to start the new season.

It’s clear that Scottsdale has a very special place in Arizona’s realm of weather, events and tourism, and that’s one of the reasons I’m running for Scottsdale City Council. As a 34-year, Scottsdale-based employer and recipient of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year award, I’ve seen first-hand the impact these types of events can have on our local businesses that depend on them to thrive. Our city has a unique makeup that is kept together by the residents who work hard to keep our quality of life high and special.

In my time as co-founder and CEO of China Mist Tea, keeping an open eye to responsible projects and working constructively with team members was a key to our success and I’ll take the same approach on the city council.

As a councilmember, I’ll work directly with and listen to the people of Scottsdale and our businesses large and small in our city to find new and innovative ways to grow our economy while maintaining the schools, safety and uniqueness that make us proud of our city.

I know how fortunate I am to be a part of the Scottsdale community and I’m looking forward to making a difference on the city council and working towards growing our great community. But before that happens, I’ll be just as excited to enjoy a Spring Training game here in our great city and I hope to meet you and your family out there.

Editor’s note: Mr. Schweiker is a candidate for Scottsdale City Council

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