Kevin Thompson First to File for Mesa City Council District 6 Seat

Conservative Businessman Kevin Thompson Files to Run for Mesa City Council District 6 Seat
Announces Honorary Chair and Co-Chairs of Committee

Kevin ThompsonToday, Kevin Thompson, a veteran of the United States Air Force, and 15-year employee of Southwest Gas, was the first candidate to file for the vacant City Council seat in Mesa’s District 6. Kevin is no stranger to public service having served on numerous non-profit and community boards and committees.

Thompson remarked: “I never planned to run for public office but I understand the importance of elected officials having real world experience. I believe my broad experience in business development and operations throughout Arizona leave me ideally suited to find practical solutions to everyday problems and represent the citizens of Mesa Council District 6.”

James Christensen, Chairman of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and President/CEO of Gateway Bank will serve as Kevin’s Honorary Campaign Chair. James described why he is supporting Kevin: “I’ve become friends with Kevin while working on the Mesa Chamber of Commerce Board and know that his priorities for Mesa are exactly what this city needs. He understands small businesses are the engines of our economy and the proper role of government is not to stand in the way of entrepreneurs and businesses.”

“As an eight-year veteran of the United States Air Force, I understand the importance of leadership and public service,” said Thompson. “I am honored to have a chance to possibly serve once again – this time as a City Council candidate for the vacant seat in Mesa District 6.”

Co-Chairs of Kevin’s campaign include former Mesa City Councilman Rex Griswold, Mesa businessman Otto Shill, III, and Southwest Gas Director of Corporate Public Affairs Dick Foreman.

Foreman added: “I’ve known Kevin for 15 years. When he first told me he was considering running for City Council I told him I thought he’d be a perfect candidate. Kevin is a guy who listens to everyone, gathers all of the facts, puts his head down and goes to work to find practical and fair solutions for everyone involved. We need more private sector individuals running for elected office. You can’t coach real leadership and that’s what Kevin brings to the table.”

Thompson pledged to pursue conservative government ideals if elected by Mesa voters: “My priorities are simple: I will actively propose and support policies that seek limited government involvement in our lives. We need fewer laws, not more. We need to strengthen the ability of businesses to operate free of overly restrictive regulations, and pursue policies that strengthen our families and continue to make Mesa grow and remain the jewel of the East Valley.”

More About Kevin Thompson

Kevin Thompson is an 11 year resident of Mesa where he lives with his wife of 25 years, Donna, and their two children. Kevin served in Desert Storm while serving in the United States Air Force, and is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Kevin has been with Southwest Gas for 15 years where he currently works in their public affairs department.

 

Kevin is a member of the Board for the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, a Board Member for The Centers for Habilitation, Chair of the Government Affairs Committee for the Central Arizona Chapter of the National Underground Contractors Association, Chair of the Government Affairs Committee for the Central Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association, and Secretary of the Tonto Recreational Alliance.

 

Center for Arizona Policy: There’s a lot on the line

There’s a lot on the line
In just four days, three very important elections will be taking place in Arizona that will have a profound impact on the state for years to come. In Tucson and Phoenix, voters will be electing new mayors. In Legislative District 18, voters are faced with a historic recall election between current Senate President Russell Pearce and challenger Jerry Lewis.CAP has published Voter Guides in all three of these elections on azvoterguide.com. City elections particularly are often overlooked, but local governments are playing an increasingly larger role in the lives of Arizona families. If you live in these communities, do not sit out these races! Be informed, and vote your values. If you don’t live in these communities, be sure your friends and family cast their ballots.One last important point – if you received an early ballot, it is too late to mail it in. For your vote to count, you must drop it off at an election center.

There’s a lot on the line, Part II
I’ve been getting asked “What’s up with this redistricting fiasco?” Make no mistake – what happens with redistricting of Arizona’s congressional and legislative district boundaries will determine the makeup of Arizona’s congressional delegation and State Legislature for the next 10 years. Don’t believe all you read in the newspapers.In 2000, voters approved Proposition 106 to establish a five-person “Independent Redistricting Commission” (IRC) to draw district lines rather than leave the task to the State Legislature. This commission is made up of two Republicans, two Democrats, and one Independent, who serves as the commission chair.The district lines drawn by the IRC must meet several constitutional requirements. Read a legal overview of the process here. Numerous and very serious legal questions have been raised about whether this year’s IRC has conducted a fair and open process, whether the mapping consultant and independent chair have political biases, and whether the draft district lines follow the constitutionally required criteria – like ensuring communities of interest are together and that the districts are geographically compact.
This week, Governor Jan Brewer and the State Senate concluded the IRC had not followed the constitutional requirements for redistricting. Pursuant to the authority granted to them by Prop 106, Gov. Brewer and the Senate removed Chairwoman Colleen Mathis from the commission. Read Gov. Brewer’s statement here and the Legislature report here.What’s next? Mathis has asked the courts to intervene and block her removal. The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is meeting Monday to discuss the process to recommend candidates to replace Mathis. Time is running short to have the new lines ready for the 2012 elections. The old lines for congressional districts cannot be used because Arizona is gaining one new congressional district due to population growth. Stay tuned – this controversy is far from over and the outcome critical to the future representation of Arizonans like you and me.

A Second Chance to Save a Marriage
No-fault divorce in America has wreaked immeasurable harm on so many families over the last 40 years. Through Covenant Marriage and divorce reform laws, CAP has workedto promote public policy that restores the meaning of marriage, and gives couples considering divorce the opportunity to reconcile.Former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Sears released a bold plan to reduce unnecessary divorces, by giving couples a one-year waiting period before finalizing a divorce. According to Ms. Sears’ research, many divorces are preventable.Research over the past decade has shown that a major share of divorces (50 to 66 percent, depending on the study) occur between couples who had average happiness and low levels of conflict in the years before the divorce.I encourage you to read Ms. Sears’ recent op-ed in the Washington Post about her proposed legislation here.

Republican Rick Grinnell Announces Bid for Tucson Mayor as Write-In

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2011
CONTACT: Kim Kimbriel

“Tucsonans deserve a choice, a chance to elect an experienced leader.” 

Long-time community and business leader Rick Grinnell announced on July 12th he has filed official documentation to run for mayor of Tucson as a Republican write-in candidate in the August primary election.

In making his announcement, Grinnell said he is asking voters to write him in as a candidate because “Tucson deserves a choice, a chance to elect an experienced leader who knows what it takes to ‘Move Tucson Forward.’

“I coined the phrase Move Tucson Forward in 2009 and organized the first forum that year to engage business and government representatives in joint discussions on how to transform our city into a thriving, welcoming business environment. Enhancing employment opportunities is what it will take to provide us with the resources to sustain our economy and to support the growing needs of our community.

“I am running for mayor because I believe in Tucson and am committed to making this vision a reality. With a strong economic and stable business environment we will be able to generate more jobs and take care of our families. We will walk our streets without fear because we will be able to hire more public safety personnel. We will have adequate resources to repair our streets. We will be able to enjoy many of the wonderful dining venues, arts and leisure activities that Tucson has to offer.

To accomplish these goals, Tucson needs experienced leadership. For over 20 years, I have served the city as an active participant in numerous civic, professional and community efforts to help improve the quality of life for all of our citizens. I have helped our people find jobs, mentored individuals and counseled businesses owners to help them grow. As a business owner myself, I fully understand the challenges and heartache when people share their stories. Business owners who have to tell their employees they have to close the doors. Builders who tell the construction crew to not come back because they won’t be building anything for a while. Or a big employer who has to restructure, cut salaries or cut people.

Tucsonans are frustrated with the City Leadership. They are eager and ready for a change in leadership that will give them opportunities for success and growth. I ask citizens of Tucson to write me in as a candidate for mayor, so I can help this great city of ours move forward towards a brighter future.”

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Stand for Marriage? You’re Not Alone

Stand for Marriage? You’re Not Alone

Most of the popular culture would have you think that if you believe in the true definition of marriage, you are part of a small minority. A new comprehensive study by the Alliance Defense Fund suggests otherwise. In what is likely the most extensive national research survey of its kind, ADF and Public Opinion Strategists found that 62 percent of Americans believe that “marriage should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman.”

This actually shouldn’t come as a shock. When this issue has been before the voters, 31 states have voted to protect marriage in their state constitution – like Arizona did in 2008. Reality is that we have much to be hopeful about in our battle to preserve the definition of marriage.

Who is the Father?

Father’s Day sparked a slew of stories about dads and their role in the family. Jennifer Lahl wrote this piece about a recent decision by British Columbia’s high court in favor of donor-conceived children having access to their biological information. Rulings like this are critical to advancing the public conversation about In Vitro Fertilization and understanding the rights of all involved – especially the children.

The New York Times told the story of a young boy, conceived through sperm donation, being raised by two women and the sperm donor (who the boy only knows as uncle right now) and the sperm donor’s same-sex partner. The problems with this arrangement are evident, and the long term effects on the child in this story will probably never be told. When the needs of children are second to the wants of adults, there are always consequences, and sadly, it’s typically the children who pay the price.

On the Radio

On Monday, I was on for the full hour of the Andrew Tallman Show on 1360 KPXQ AM to discuss the Abortion Consent Act litigation. I had a great time with Andrew talking about the pro-life movement in Arizona. Click here to listen to the podcast.

City Elections Impact Everyone

On the Foundations blog this week, CAP’s Blackstone legal intern Angelina wrote about the impact one city’s election can have on the entire state. Read more here.

Time is Running Out to Register to Vote

Many city elections are just two months away. If you’re not registered to vote, you’ll want to soon! If you are, please forward this email to your friends and family, and remind them to register and be sure to turn out to vote on August 30. We are in the process of compiling the results for our city election Voter Guide and will be publishing them in the next few weeks to AZVoterGuide.com.