Searching For Virginia Korte
When long-time Scottsdale businesswoman and community advocate Virginia Korte at long last decided to run for the City Council in 2012 her candidacy was rightfully lauded.
A former Chamber of Commerce President, car dealer on McDowell Road and early champion for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Impressive credentials indeed.
Korte ran in great part on achieving big things for Scottsdale, perhaps suggesting it was a city no longer capable of so doing. She won.
While any person needs time to find their way once governing, we have been surprised by Korte’s policy paucity.
Where are those “big ideas?” Her campaign was right. There is ample opportunity.
The gallery district struggles but there has been few ideas and no leadership.
McDowell Road, her old neighborhood? Nada.
But surely she would have been a champion for securing Barrett-Jackson and the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show at WestWorld for the long-term, as the new Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center assists? She opposed it.
Korte has shown a proclivity to spend more money on other stuff, even bulking up the recent city bond package that was trounced by voters.
We don’t mean to be discouraging of Korte. Just the opposite. It’s like seeing a star player wander a bit in the first quarter of a basketball game. Like Andrew Wiggins’ first half at Kansas this season, as college basketball fans might observe.
The good news is that there is still time, a lot of it before she again stands for election.
In stock terms we’re still bullish on that potential, even as we await those long promised big ideas.