#LocalBuzz: Highs, Lows and In-Betweens

By Scottsdale Pinetop
The Highs
*Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield has been endorsed by Arizona Conference of Police and Sherriffs and the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona.
*Former Councilman Daniel Valenzuela has given back to the Phoenix community by volunteering with United Phoenix Firefighters to provide backpacks and school supplies to children in need.

The Lows 
No Lows for the Week
* Tea Party Scottsdale will be hosting a Scottsdale City Council candidate debate at their headquarters on Thrusday September 20th from 6:30 to 8:00pm
* The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce and the Scottsdale Independent will be hosting a Scottsdale City Council candidate debate at Scottsdale City Hall on Monday October 1st from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
*The Scottsdale Independent reached out to each candidate to ask if they believe the local political stratosphere has created a line of division between resident, elected leader and the popular consciousness that governs modern Scottsdale.

  • American politics has become an incredibly divisive topic — and Scottsdale politics is no exception. Do you believe you can help to bring more civility to the conversations surrounding Scottsdale politics? 

Councilman David Smith: “Yes. My first terms on council demonstrated a leadership style based on civil dialogue. I purposely reach out to groups and individuals of different persuasions to understand their motivations in the context of my own diverse experience.”
Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield: “I agree when we disagree we should stick to the issues and not attack our opponents personally. During my three years on City Council that is exactly what I have done, and I will continue to conduct myself that way if I am re-elected.”
Councilwoman Milhaven: “I have always worked to model civil dialogue and collaboration. In fact, my opponents have noted that I never make the dialogue personal, but rather focus discussion on the facts and the issues. As leaders, we must insist on respectful dialogue from others and call out incivility and disrespect when we see it.”
Bill Crawford: “Yes. I believe in solving problems, not taking sides. I listen to all sides, searching for building blocks that can be put together for a successful outcome. Despite differing views, we can all agree on one thing: we all want what is best for Scottsdale. I look forward to continuing to be a powerful voice for Scottsdale residents.”
Solange Whitehead: “I am running to bring the priorities that unite our community back to City Hall. Scottsdale residents share a love of Scottsdale and believe infrastructure, public safety, and open space are priorities. They oppose the rampant up-zoning and yearn for leaders that unite us.”
Candidates in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and Phoenix should feel free to send me tips and information at stayabreastaz@gmail.com