I proudly serve as your councilmember and former vice-mayor and respectfully request your vote to serve as your mayor to continue to fight for our quality of life in residential living and responsible resort development, public safety and fiscal responsibility.
My only agenda is to serve our town and preserve this special and unique place we are blessed to enjoy.
I was asked by a group of neighbors who came to my house on Sunday, May 1, 2016 — the day my grandson was born and I was heading to the hospital to greet him — to run for Town Council based partially on my prior two years of uniting residents and leading grassroots efforts to successfully stop over-development and scarring of Camelback Mountain.
Like many in PV, I have a busy life and never planned to run for office. The town was trending towards over-development if I and others with strong voices and compasses did not step up to donate our time to fight for our town’s unique quality of life. So I dug in 100%, and you can learn about my accomplishments at paceforpv.com.
Now is the right time for me to serve as mayor because of the upcoming six resort development projects and the attack by the Legislature and developers on our one-house-per-acre zoning. This is not a normal election cycle, and we are at a tipping point. The character of our town could change forever.
I was not on Town Council for Mountain Shadows or the Ritz projects. Some of the mistakes made on these projects would not have happened on my watch.
I am a fourth generation Arizonan, 20-year Paradise Valley resident, with seasoned experience and state-wide connections. I have the horsepower to help our town at the Legislature, as I am the only Republican running for mayor. I have a long track record for decades of working in a bi-partisan manner to accomplish goals. I have worked to pass 10 bills in the Legislature and helped kill many bad bills.
I will use my talents, skills and experience as a 30-year employment and construction lawyer representing companies to protect our iconic mountains, open space and scenic beauty.
Voting records matter. Two material examples that my opponent supported and I opposed are:
1. I voted against a resort proposal to build a five-unit wedding and party complex with 24-ft high rooftop bar adjacent to the home of a 50-year resident, Theresa Mao.
2. I led efforts to keep open space by opposing the Mayor’s efforts to reduce front yard setbacks from 20 feet to 10 feet for view and combo fences on 14 miles of town roads.
Resort development will look different based on who is elected mayor. I have the consistent and strong track record to protect private property rights of residents while keeping developers at the table. I am known for being a creative problem-solver.
It is clear which candidates are consistent preservationists: Julie Pace for mayor and Ellen Andeen and Christine Labelle for Town Council.
Our town is at risk with the pressure of developers pushing for higher density, the influx of party houses, commercialization of residences and increasing traffic congestion. What do you want for our town?