Guest Editorial: Promises Made, Promises Kept

By Scottsdale Pinetop

It’s easy to dismiss campaign-trail rhetoric, especially when it comes to political promises that are sure to come true once they are in office. That’s why it is so refreshing when voters see their local politicians turn their words into actions, especially at the beginning of their time in office.

This is the case for one Surprise councilmember. Newly elected Councilman Jack Hastings, age 26, recently fulfilled his commitment to donate his 2020 salary of $3,000 to support various places in Surprise if he started his term early.

Shortly after his victory in the August primary election after beating appointed councilman David Sanders, Mr. Hastings was eager to get to work. He fought to start serving in November, rather than assuming the position in January, pledging to donate his entire council salary.

And on January 15 – he made good on that promise.

“I had made a promise to donate or not take the entirety of my city council pay for the rest of the year if I took office early,” Mr. Hastings said the Surprise Independent. “As of today, I fulfilled that promise.”

His donations included:

*$778 to Chef Peter’s Bistro

*$667 to Sweet Tea Café

$439 at Spencer’s Place

*$460 at Firehouse Subs that went to feed the crews of all seven fire stations in Surprise

*$105 at Nothing Bundt Cakes to provide lunch for the Surprise police

A special kudos to Mr. Hastings for not only following through on his campaign promise, but for continuing to support local business in a unique and humble way. This is especially important at time when local small businesses and front line workers are struggling to overcome the crisis brought on by the pandemic.

Mr. Hastings’ donation of his 2020 salary sets a positive and hopeful tone for the community as he assumed the office. We are eager to see his good actions continue for the remainder of his time in public service.