(Tempe, Arizona) Plenty of Tempeans would admit to having a few drinks during their college days and maybe getting into a little bit of trouble at a bar. It’s a different matter when someone running for Mayor distorts the truth when asked about his criminal record by the Arizona Republic.
In February of this year this question to Mark Mitchell and Mitchell’s response was published by the Arizona Republic:
Have you ever been charged with a crime or been part of a matter in civil court? If so, what was the outcome? At age 23, upon my graduation from ASU, I was detained during a nightclub altercation in Tempe. I completed an adult diversion program and no charges were filed.
That’s not exactly how it happened. Mark Mitchell was arrested and booked into jail accused of “Delaying and Obstructing a Police Investigation.” There is a big difference between being detained and being arrested.
The Tempe Police report claims a then 24 year-old Mitchell tried to intervene to keep a friend from getting arrested during a bar fight. At the time Mark Mitchell’s father was still the Mayor of Tempe.
There is nothing to indicate the officer was hurt or that this was more than a problem resulting from a bar fight. Mitchell’s actions as a young man are not the issue. Everyone makes mistakes. As a grown man, and as someone seeking elected office, you’re expected to disclose those mistakes, be truthful about them, and not distort the truth when filling out a questionnaire that will be printed in the state’s largest newspaper. If he is not willing to be honest about this, what else is he not being honest about?
Business owner and candidate for Tempe Mayor Michael Monti stated, “When I filled out my Republic questionaire, I played by the rules and disclosed everything because I think someone casting a vote should know everything about a candidate. It’s too bad Mark Mitchell decided the rules didn’t apply to him. No one is expected to be perfect. In fact if getting into a bit of trouble in your 20’s kept people from being elected, there would be a lot of empty chairs in state and local government. The issue here is truthfulness. If someone distorts the truth when filling out a newspaper questionnaire, what does that say about their honesty in dealing with voters?”
Michael Monti, owner of Tempe’s historic Monti’s La Casa Vieja, co-founded Local First, Arizona. He is also active in the Tempe Diablos Charities, and is the youngest inductee in the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame.
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His campaign is based on bringing private sector ideas to government, fiscal responsibility, civic involvement, economic opportunity, and innovation. His proposals include:
- Financial incentives for city workers who save rather than spend tax dollars
- The creation of the Tempe Community Corps to increase volunteerism, and aid Tempe neighborhoods and services
- Partnerships with ASU and the business community to bring more jobs to Tempe
- The creation of a public swimming beach at Tempe Town Lake, paid for by the private sector
- Partnerships with the ASU College of Nursing to aid Tempe seniors
- Encouraging businesses to embrace eco-friendly projects such as the Blink Car Charging Stations at Monti’s La Casa Vieja
- A ban on texting while driving in Tempe
- A gift ban and stricter reporting requirements for Tempe elected officials
- An eight year term limit for the mayor’s office
Arizona leaders and organizations that have endorsed Michael Monti include:
- Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman
- Former Tempe Council Member and mayoral candidate Linda Spears
- Tempe Council Member Onnie Shekerjian
- Tempe Democrat and Former Council Member Barbara Sherman
- Tempe’s first elected Mayor, Rudy Campbell
- The Tempe Chamber of Commerce
- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne
- Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
- Congressman David Schweikert
- Former Tempe City Council Member ‘Hut’ Hutson
- Former State Rep. Laura Knaperek
- Tempe Democrat Carl Hayden
- Former Tempe Council Member Joseph Lewis
- Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane
- Former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr.
- Former State Senator and Tempe Council Member Bev Hermon
- Former Tempe Council Candidate Angie Taylor Thornton
- Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey
- Former State Senator Gary Richardson
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