Cline: Candidate wants to ‘work for you’

Cline facing Fountain for Surprise City Council in District 2

By Alyson Cline
Posted 6/29/20

Guest commentary from Alyson Cline, a candidate for Surprise City Council, in advance of Aug. 4 city elections.

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Cline: Candidate wants to ‘work for you’

Cline facing Fountain for Surprise City Council in District 2


Hello Sun City Grand, Arizona Traditions and Bell West Ranch. I am running for City Council to work for you in District 2.

Working for you means listening to your concerns and looking for solutions. If someone had asked me in January of this year, what the No. 1 issue in the city of Surprise was, I would have said transportation.

The pandemic has changed the way we think about things. Riding in a public bus or even in a Uber or Lyft is now something that brings up concerns: When was it last used? Was it disinfected before I got in the car or bus?

This does not eliminate the need, however. The city will need to evaluate all of these issues when evaluating additional forms of transportation. Over 30% of the individuals who live in Surprise have a need for transportation assistance.

The city recently renewed and expanded its contract with Valley Metro to provide paratransit and taxi services for seniors and disabled individuals. You can read more at 

The lockdown of the state in March, April and May has impacted our business base and the sales tax on which our city runs. I have 33 years of business management experience and in the financial industries. I have spent time helping local businesses to evaluate their financial plans and shift their strategies as needed.

I have spent 10 years leading a local non-profit charity, Friends of the Surprise Libraries, that has been able to donate over $659,000 to our city, our public county libraries, and local teachers and schools through our grant program. I will work with the rest of the City Council and the local Chamber of Commerce to support the economic recovery 

I love this city. I have lived here for 18 years as of December.

Keeping Surprise one of the top 10 safest cities in Arizona is a priority. Working with our police and fire fighters and our city manager can keep our city safe as we continue to grow.

I am asking that you vote for me when you vote by mail or go to the polls. Visit 

Editor’s Note: Alyson Cline is running for Surprise City Council in District 2 against Wendell Fountain.