Gilbert and Chandler Place Well In Annual US City Fiscal Health Rankings

Town of GilbertCongratulations to the Town of Gilbert and City of Chandler for placing high in the annual US City Fiscal Health Index.

The index, prepared by The Fiscal Times, looks at five factors to derive the rankings including: ratio of city general fund balance to expenditures, ratio of long term obligations to total government-wide revenues, ratio of actuarially determined pension contributions to total government-wide revenues, change in local unemployment rate and changes in property values. Data is reported by the cities themselves from 2015. Only cities with populations of 200,000 were evaluated. (Tempe, Peoria, Surprise, Yuma, Avondale and Flagstaff have populations less than 200,000.)

City of ChandlerThe Town of Gilbert placed 17th while the City of Chandler placed 20th.

Other Arizona cities placed lower on the list:

Phoenix – 43
Glendale – 77
Tucson – 81
Scottsdale – 84
Mesa – 85

At the bottom of the list were Chicago and New York City.

To view the full index, click here.

Jones for Congress Announces Endorsements by East Valley Elected Leaders

Christine Jones

(Gilbert, AZ) – Today, conservative business leader Christine Jones announced a round of endorsements from several East Valley municipal leaders. Council members from Chandler, Gilbert and Queen Creek all issued endorsements for Jones who is seeking the congressional seat in their communities. The list includes:

  • Chandler City Councilman Kevin Hartke, 2011 – present
  • Gilbert Town Councilwoman Brigette Peterson, 2014 – present
  • Gilbert Town Councilman Jorday Ray, 2011 – present
  • Queen Creek Town Councilman Jeff Brown, 2008 – present

In the announcement, Councilman Ray stated, “The East Valley needs someone like Christine Jones who knows how to create jobs and grow the economy.” Ray added, “I am also honored to play an important role as her campaign manager.”

Queen Creek Councilman Jeff Brown said, “Christine is a proven conservative leader who we can trust to do what she says. She has my full support because I know she knows how to get things done.”

Councilman Kevin Hartke of Chandler commented, “Christine Jones has deep ties to our community and she understands our needs and frustrations. I know she will represent the district, the East Valley and Arizona well.” He added, “I’m endorsing Christine because she brings a set of fresh eyes to problems that are not being solved or resolved.”

Finally, Gilbert Councilwoman Brigette Peterson noted, “Christine knows what’s important when it comes to our families and education. I put my full faith and trust in her to serve our communities well.”

On receiving each endorsement, Jones remarked, “I am truly humbled to have such heartfelt support from leadership across the district.” She concluded, “The East Valley has been an important part of my life.”

Martin Sepulveda Receives Endorsement from Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny


CHANDLER, AZ (Wednesday, November 13, 2013) — Martin Sepulveda, candidate for Arizona State Treasurer, today announced the endorsement of Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. Sepulveda’s goals as the state’s Chief Financial Officer are to prudently manage and protect the state’s investments and monies, advise Arizona’s elected officials on how to accurately manage over $13 billion dollars in funds and continue to create a business-friendly environment expanding Arizona’s future economic base.

“During our time together on the City Council, Martin was an integral part of ensuring we balanced our budget, had cash reserves and provided outstanding service to the residents of Chandler. Martin’s experience in the public and private sector make him the clear choice. I urge the voters of Arizona voters to join me in supporting Martin Sepulveda in his bid for State Treasurer,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny.

As the next Arizona State Treasurer, Sepulveda’s main priority for the office will be to manage and protect the state’s taxpayer investments and monies.

“It is an honor to have the support and trust of such a respected leader,” said Martin Sepulveda. “Mayor Tibshraeny’s contributions to the City of Chandler, the East Valley and the state of Arizona are invaluable. As State Treasurer, I will work tirelessly to protect the taxpayers’ money and promote sound and solid investments to sustain the economic recovery Arizonans are beginning to realize today,” said Sepulveda.

Republican Martin Sepulveda is a seventh-generation Arizonan who serves his country, state and community in many different capacities. He is a combat Veteran, accomplished businessman, community leader and devoted family man. Martin has been married to his wife Sheree for 30 years and has two grown children.

Jeff Weninger Launches Exploratory Committee for State Office Run

Chandler City Councilman Jeff Weninger today filed the necessary paperwork with the Secretary of State to form an exploratory committee for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 17.

Weninger is serving his second term on Chandler Council and previously served as Vice Mayor.  He also currently holds a Republican Precinct Committeeman seat in District 17.  In addition, Weninger has run five successful valley restaurants as co-owner for the last 17 years.

Weninger’s decision to form an exploratory committee is largely due to the numerous requests he has received from Republican leaders within the state, including Representatives J.D. Mesnard and Tom Forese, and Senator Steve Yarbrough, who currently represent the district.  Jeff has the support of all three legislators.

Representative J.D. Mesnard said, “Jeff has long demonstrated his commitment to our community in his professional endeavors and through his service on the Chandler Council.  He has the right principles and I’m excited about the chance to serve with him in the House.”

“I am thrilled at the prospect of Jeff filling my seat in the Legislature as I look at pursuing other opportunities,” said Representative Tom Forese.  “In addition to being a husband, father, business owner, and public servant, Jeff is a proven leader.”

Senator Steve Yarbrough emphasized that Jeff has been a strong conservative voice ably representing the values of East Valley residents as both a family man and a businessman.  “He will be a great addition to the state House of Representatives,” Yarbrough said.

“I am honored to have the support of so many respected Republican leaders, particularly those who have been faithfully serving this district,” Weninger stated.  “I am looking forward to hearing from the citizens in District 17 as my family and I explore this important decision on running for the State House.”

Jeff is a life-long Republican and has lived in the East Valley for 20 years.  He and his wife Janet have three children and reside in Chandler.

Conservative Municipal Leaders across Maricopa County support Lisa Gray’s Team for Maricopa County Republican Leadership

Arizona Party Builders

Maricopa County  – Conservative leaders across Maricopa County are supporting Lisa Gray and her AZ Party Builders team for Maricopa County Republican Leadership.

Lisa Gray Municiple Endorsements

“I am proud to support Lisa Gray, Paul Brierley and the entire AZ Party Builders Team. They are the conservative leaders that Maricopa County needs right now. Please join me in supporting the AZ Party Builders Team.” – Jeff Weninger, Chandler Vice Mayor

“Over the past few years we have built a strongly conservative Town Council in Gilbert, and it’s making a huge difference. I am excited to see a Team like Lisa Gray’s Arizona Party Builders that will build our party to win elections at all levels. I’ve seen their work, and I know they are exactly what we need for our party.” – Jenn Daniels, Gilbert Town Council

“We are delighted to have the support and trust of city leaders from across the County,” said Gray. “Strong relationships between elected leaders and the grassroots is one of our priorities; having their support shows we’re already on the right track.”

Lisa Gray and her team, Paul Brierley, 1st Vice Chairman; Rene Lopez, 2nd Vice Chairman; Colleen Lombard, Secretary; and Walter Dudley, Treasurer, represent a broad segment of the County and have a combined 45 years of grassroots Republican leadership experience. They are known as the Arizona Party Builders because their focus will be on building the Party to win elections. Lisa and her team continue to garner the support of many conservatives across Maricopa County.

To learn more about the candidates and details of their plan, please visit


What President Obama Saw Out of the Window of the Presidential Limo.

President Obama came to speak to Intel employees in Chandler, Arizona at the Ocotillo complex on January 25th.

What most of the media didn’t show or report was what the President saw out his window en route.

First it was the amnesty demands of pro illegal groups:


 Further down the road, a couple hundred, mostly upset Arizonans chanting “You are fired!”:


 Probably not the ‘welcoming committee’ Obama wished for.

Mayors Scott Smith and Jay Tibshraeny Endorse Salmon for Congress

CONTACT: Adam Deguire

Mesa and Chandler leaders praise Salmon’s record of supporting East Valley cities

 EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District Matt Salmon proudly announced today that his campaign received the endorsements from two more prominent East Valley Leaders:

Mayor Scott Smith – City of Mesa
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny – City of Chandler

 Mesa Mayor Scott Smith stated, “Matt has a proven track record of supporting East Valley cities and understands firsthand how overbearing federal regulations and policies have a direct effect on local government. This district is home to the region’s most dynamic economic engines such as Gateway Airport, Falcon Field, and Boeing and Matt understands how municipal and federal governments can work together to create jobs and economic opportunity for Arizona citizens. I am proud to join Matt’s team.”

Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny added, “Matt Salmon has shown time and time again he has the principles and courage to get the job done in Washington. Matt was an integral member of a Republican-majority Congress that balanced a federal budget for the first time in over a generation, and I know he’ll lead the fight to do it again. The problems that our nation faces are daunting and Matt’s experience in Congress will allow him to hit the ground running and get to work on finding the solutions.”

“I am honored to have the support from two of the East Valley’s most innovative and respected leaders in my bid to return to Congress,” said Salmon. “I know how critical it is to have strong working relationships with our local leaders and I plan to work closely with all municipal leaders in my district. Mayors Smith and Tibshraeny have made the tough decisions necessary to balance their city budgets, while maintaining the critical services their constituents require. I pledge to make the same tough decisions back in Washington in order to get our country’s financial house back in order.”

With a population of over 430,000 residents, the city of Mesa is currently the 3rd largest city in Arizona and the 38th largest in the nation, encompassing the majority of congressional district six. Mesa is home to the Apache Helicopter production facilities in addition to the former Air Force Research Labs at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Chandler is currently the 4th largest city in Arizona and is home to the Intel Corporation, Microchip Technology and Freescale Semiconductor.

Mayors Smith and Tibshraeny join East Valley mayors Gail Barney (Queen Creek), Hugh Hallman (Tempe) and John Insalaco (Apache Junction) in supporting Salmon for Congress.

About Mayor Scott Smith
As a first-time political candidate, Scott Smith was elected Mayor of Mesa, Arizona in May of 2008. As a strong proponent of regional solutions, Mayor Smith serves in key roles on many local, state and national boards and committees. Most recently, Smith was elected as the Second Vice President of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). He will become the organization’s president in 2013 and the first Arizona mayor to serve as president of the organization. Mayor Smith earned a degree in Accounting from BYU, and MBA and JD degrees from Arizona State. He and his wife Kim have been married for more than 30 years and have three children and three grandchildren.

About Mayor Jay Tibshraeny
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny began his unprecedented 5th term as Chandler’s Mayor in January 2011 after serving eight years in the Arizona State Senate from 2003-2011. He originally served as a member of the City Council from 1986 to 2002 as Councilmember, Vice Mayor and as Mayor. He was first elected Chandler Mayor in 1994, and served in that capacity for four consecutive terms through 2002. Mayor Tibshraeny is a small businessman and a citrus grower. He completed 12 years in the Chandler Public School System and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. He and his wife Karen have one daughter, Lauren.

About Matt Salmon
Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received endorsements from Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, South Dakota Senator John Thune, Mesa Vice-Mayor Scott Sommers, Mesa Councilmembers Dave Richins, Dennis Kavanaugh and Christopher Glover, and Chandler Councilmembers Rick Heumann and Jack Sellers.