Moore: Voting records illuminate candidates’ values

By Scott Moore
Posted 7/14/20

Dear voters,

One of our fundamental freedoms is our right to vote — and you will have your opportunity this week through Aug. 4 to exercise this right, as your vote-by-mail ballots continue …

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Moore: Voting records illuminate candidates’ values


Dear voters,

One of our fundamental freedoms is our right to vote — and you will have your opportunity this week through Aug. 4 to exercise this right, as your vote-by-mail ballots continue arriving in your mailboxes.

I hope you will take the time and opportunity to vote by mail in advance of the Aug. 4 primary election, and I ask for your support as I continue to work with other Town Council members to guide our community through the challenges it faces.

As you examine all the candidates for election or re-election to the Town Council, what do we all see as important issues when we think about our town’s unique one home per acre residential character?

Recently, one of the candidates that currently chairs the Planning Commission voted in favor of 30 condo units, maximum density and heights that exceeded our recommended Special Use Permit zoning guidelines at the SmokeTree Resort.

Thankfully, wiser minds in the majority on the Planning Commission and our current council saw this as far too intense of a use, with too much density, and a negative factor to our ongoing traffic concerns and voted it down.

Most recently during the campaign this candidate has changed his position in order to align himself with the majority of our residents who believe in the quiet residential character of our town.

Voting records do and should matter. As your former vice mayor and current council member, my voting record is, and always has been consistent with our town values.

I have continually pushed back on developments which are too dense, which seek to exceed our recommended height limits, and impose increased traffic and safety concerns.

In 2021 the council will begin revising our General Plan, a document that every 10 years is required by State Statute to be updated. This document reshapes our zoning policies for the future, so I believe it is imperative to have council members who have voted consistent with our traditional town values working on this document.

I will continue to vote to uphold all our town’s cherished values. With my background in civil planning and engineering I have brought to the Town Council knowledge and wisdom on all these matters including better oversight on hillside development, sound solutions for our ongoing drainage problems, traffic solutions and project oversight on all development applications.

Under the leadership of our Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner and the council, I am excited to be involved in the update of our General Plan and look forward to input from our residents as we go through this very transparent process.

As you mark your ballots please consider me for another term as your Town of Paradise Valley Council Member.

If you have any questions or feedback on our community’s future, please e-mail me at

Editor’s Note: Scott Moore is a candidate for re-election to Paradise Valley Town Council in the upcoming Aug. 4 primary election.