Guest Editorial: Mark Stanton Launches Campaign for PV Mayor

By Mark Stanton

Paradise Valley Vice Mayor Mark Stanton Announces Campaign for Mayor

Commits His Experience, Leadership and Love for His Community


Paradise Valley, AZ (Feb. 2, 2024) – Stating there’s more to be accomplished for the community he grew up in, Vice Mayor Mark Stanton today announced his candidacy for Mayor.  “I am proud of my record as Vice Mayor and as a Council Member.  I will build on these successes as Mayor of our Town,” Stanton said.  “My life is centered in PV; I was blessed to grow up in the Town, and my wife and I are raising our two children in my childhood home.  I am asking my fellow citizens for the privilege of serving as their Mayor.”

Stanton said his decision to seek the Office of Mayor is rooted in his belief in the future of Paradise Valley and the generations ahead.

“Our Town was founded on limited government, while offering high-quality customer service for residents and surrounded by world-class resorts and unparalleled natural beauty,” Stanton said.  He is committed to the four pillars for public service for the Town:  public safety, fiscal sustainability, quality of life and customer service for residents.

In 2014, 2016, and 2020, Stanton was elected to serve on the Paradise Valley Town Council.  While serving on the Council, Stanton was twice unanimously elected by his peers as Vice Mayor.  He has served as the Council liaison to the Advisory Committee on Public Safety (ACOPS), Experience Scottsdale Board of Directors, Historical Committee, Paradise Valley Arts Board and HOA Forum as well as many subcommittee roles. He has been an advocate for public safety, fiscal accountability, transparency, and quality of life initiatives.

A believer in genuine collaboration, Stanton has used his leadership skills to help unify and support the talents of his fellow Council members.  Together, the Council has fought successfully against unregulated short-term rentals, protected local government control, supported photo radar enforcement, maintained a limited government, and preserved our residential community.

Professionally, Stanton has built a career in the private and public sectors.  He has worked in leadership positions with several public relations and marketing agencies before opening his own communications firm.

As a public servant, Stanton served as Chief of Staff for the Maricopa County Board Supervisors – District 3 (Paradise Valley and North Phoenix.)  He was honored to be appointed by the Governor to be Deputy Director for the Arizona Office of Tourism from 2009-2015.  In that role, Stanton led Arizona’s national and international marketing and economic development initiatives promoting tourism, an industry that is the foundation of Paradise Valley and a key pillar for the Town’s financial success.

Stanton is the only candidate for Mayor that has served as a leader in local, county and state government in Arizona.  “Having held leadership positions at these various governmental levels, I have unparalleled experience, insight and connectivity that is a valuable commodity representing the Town,” Stanton said.

Stanton was also tapped by the Governor to plan and oversee the 2012 Presidential Primary Debate that was hosted in Arizona.

Currently, Mark Stanton proudly serves as President & CEO of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, an independent 501c-3, non-governmental organization.  The Chamber is a member-based economic development organization founded in 1947. The Scottsdale Area Chamber promotes the world-class brand of our region by supporting businesses and helping create jobs.

Stanton served as past chairperson/member on the State of Arizona Personnel Board, graduated from Scottsdale Leadership Class XVII and is a Life Member and past president of the Scottsdale Charros, a non-profit group committed to youth and education causes.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Political Science from the University of Denver. He and his wife Barb are raising their children in Paradise Valley in his childhood home.

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