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Thomasson: Announcing my run for mayor


Inspired by Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner and past mayors, I filed to be on the Aug. 6 ballot to serve as your next mayor.

For 30 years, including six years of volunteer service on Town Council, Paradise Valley has been my home. We have a beautiful, peaceful and safe community and I am passionate about keeping it that way. Very simply, I want to keep Paradise Valley, Paradise Valley.

Thanks to a successful 35-year Fortune 500 consulting career, I’m fortunate to have the skills and time to make serving Paradise Valley my first priority. People describe me as “all in,” and if I’m not walking the town or at a legislative hearing, I’m at every Coffee with a Cop, Planning Commission meeting, Mayor’s breakfast, neighborhood meeting, breakfast group or social lunch.

I love this Town and have the passion to outwork anyone as well as the courage and skills to lead collaboratively. Consultants are effective when they help everyone be successful and bring a disparate group to a solution. I’ve honed that skill for over three decades and it comes naturally to me.

As a former vice mayor and councilmember, I have worked exceptionally hard to listen and lead as our council has tackled Short Term Rental reform, resort redevelopment, threats to our one-acre zoning, public safety challenges and a pandemic that decimated our resort revenues. Our town is in great shape, and I will work with our council, staff and volunteers to assure it remains that way.  

Our past mayors have left us a legacy of excellence and I aspire to continue that legacy. You can reach me at anna@annathomasson.com and sign the online petition for any candidate at apps.azsos.gov/apps/election/eps/portal/.

Anna Thomasson is a former vice mayor and chair of the Advisory Committee on Public Safety and second-term Paradise Valley councilmember.