Kevin Thompson: Mesa Should Always Be Open For Business

Kevin ThompsonThe rumors we’ve been hearing for several weeks are true. According to breaking news, the 1.3 million square foot facility formerly owned by First Solar, has been bought and the new owner is Apple, Inc. The factory, which is approximately the size of 43 football fields, is located at Signal Butte and Elliott roads. The facility will manufacture microchips and will bring more than 700 new jobs to Mesa. Another 1,300 jobs will come as a result of construction and other associated efforts.

What does this mean for Mesa and the region? It means high-paying jobs. Not only does it mean direct jobs at the plant, but also the supplemental jobs that follow a manufacturer to support their technology and development. One only needs to look at the Price Road corridor in Chandler and the companies along that corridor supporting Intel to see the potential for the future of our District and our City. It also means additional revenue and a financial boon for Mesa and its citizens.

I applaud Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and our City Council on their proactive approach in bringing development to our City. The HEAT philosophy and approach (Health, Education, Aviation, and Technology & Tourism) is being applied in our City, and it’s working.

If elected to the Mesa City Council next year, I promise that I will continue make sure the City of Mesa is Open for Business.

Welcome to Mesa, Apple!

Kevin Thompson is a Republican candidate running for the open seat for Mesa City Council District 6. Thompson’s district includes the Apple factory. Thompson is an Air Force veteran and a 15-year employee of Southwest Gas. To learn more, visit or visit on Facebook.

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.