Former Scottsdale Preserve Commissioner and City Council Candidate, Solange Whitehead, is pleased to announce that former Scottsdale Mayor Mary Manross will serve as her campaign Chairperson. Manross served on the city council from 1992 to 2000 and as Mayor from 2000 to 2009.
Solange entered the City Council race to challenge the City Council support for allowing development inside the McDowell Sonoran Preserve despite the crushing financial burden it would place on the tax payers and because of the Council’s refusal to put this precedent setting project on the ballot. In qualifying for the ballot, Solange submitted 2,380 nominating signatures from Scottsdale voters topping the nominations received by all other candidates, including the three incumbents.
Solange serves on the board of Protect Our Preserve, and together with Mayor Manross, has been very engaged in the citizen’s initiative to override the City Council decision to not put the Desert Edge/DDC up for a vote. Since January, the almost all volunteer effort has collected 32,000 signatures from registered voters. “Mayor Manross and I have knocked on a lot of doors,” said Solange, “and people don’t just sign, I get hugs, heartfelt thanks, and offers of soda, water, and cookies…. In every zip code.”
Solange’s campaign to bring community priorities back to City Hall has received a groundswell of grassroots support from voters citywide, yearning for a City government which, again, represents their interests and concerns and gets the City back on track financially. “The fact that citizens were forced to spend thousands of hours collecting signatures to try to protect a Preserve that they have already voted for and paid to protect is a reflection of how far down the wrong path this City Council has gone” Mayor Manross said. ”Due to unrestrained upzoning in our community, continual loss of our view corridors, other quality of life concerns, repeated failures by city hall to pass seriously needed bond programs and a revised general plan, and the council’s support for a fiscally unsustainable “commercial like” development inside of the Preserve, Scottsdale seriously needs some new leadership. We have a Preserve because our City Council was aligned with its constituents during those years. Today our Preserve is threatened because the City Council is out of step with the community.”
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