Jeremy Whittaker Liberal Democrat or Opportunist?

Jeremy Whittaker’s Voting Record:

In 2006 he voted in the Democrat Primary Election!

In 2008 he voted in the Democrat Primary Election!

IN 2016 he voted in the Democrat Primary Election!

As a registered Democrat in 2016, he voted in the Democrat Presidential election. Yes, the election where he chose either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton!

Then, he decided to run for Mesa City Council in a predominantly Republican district.  So in April 2016 he re-registered as an independent.  Was that real or for show?  Well, let’s see: in 2018 while on City Council he requested a Democrat primary ballot and voted in the Democratic Primary Election.  He’s also a fixture in the LD25 Democrat District meeting scene. A lot of people in Mesa are genuinely confused about who to vote for in the City Council race coming up in Mesa. Jeremy Whittaker is an incumbent running for re-election, and some conservatives are supporting him because of his stated efforts to lower utility fees and his failed opposition to the City’s deal with ASU in downtown Mesa. Many conservatives are supporting Republican small business owner and mom, Julie Spilsbury. Conservatives should beware of Whittaker. Facts don’t lie and the public record has shown that Whittaker has contemplated instituting a primary property tax; he has never voted in a single Republican primary, and has voted in nearly every Democrat primary; and was a registered Democrat until recently. Even as a registered Independent, he STILL REQUESTS AND VOTES A DEMOCRAT BALLOT.

First, Whittaker’s opposition of utility fees to fund public safety was offset by his idea of instituting a property tax for Mesa voters.  He never tells voters that side of the story. In one city council meeting you can see the exchange between GIles and Whittaker as a frustrated Giles lets Whittaker know that his property tax idea is a failed one. Mesa Voters rejected a primary property tax two decades ago, and polling continues to show that Mesa voters don’t want primary property taxes, aka renting your property back from the government under threat of confiscation.  Voters in Mesa also don’t want to “defund the police” by literally cutting their funding, which is what Whittaker’s utility scheme amounts to.

Second, Whittaker has made opposition to ASU a central plank in his efforts to convince conservatives he is one of them, referring to a failed ballot initiative in 2016 for the deal. What Whittaker hasn’t told the voters is that he has supported the wrong kind of taxpayer subsidized development in downtown. Whittaker is a supporter of subsidized low income housing in downtown Mesa, risking the creation of conditions of dense poverty that crushes local schools, churches, and neighborhoods. He has voted for numerous projects along the lightrail and downtown to pack downtown with government supported housing, sometimes voting to give away city owned property at a fraction of its value to support the projects. Even the liberal Atlantic has said what a failed experiment dense public housing for the poor is.  While Phoenix and Tempe have renewed their city cores, Whittaker has been all about creating concentrated poverty in downtown Mesa.

While we know Whittaker is liberal and claims to care about the poor, but the data says that helping the poor come out of poverty requires them to be in balanced communities. Packing poor people together in older areas and public funded apartments increases stress on neighborhoods, keeps poor people in the cycle of poverty, and creates eventual social problems. Mayor Giles and the Council know the importance of having educational and economic opportunities in downtown to add needed balance to the economic mix of downtown. They found another way to finance the ASU project without raising taxes by using opportunity funds, some of which are paid for by developments being built near ASU spurred because ASU is there. Whittaker’s advocacy for government housing and opposition to true economic balance should be noted by conservative voters. 

Lastly, how one votes is secret in America. If someone votes, their party registration, and the ballots they requested is a matter of public record. Here is what the record shows about Jeremy Whittaker. 


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