Walt Opaska Files Signatures for Glendale Mayoral Race

GLENDALE, Ariz. –Walt Opaska, candidate for Glendale mayor, filed more than the 934 signatures required to get his name on the ballot. Opaska filed 1266 qualified signatures of Glendale voters. Opaska’s impressive filing shows that residents are ready for a mayor who puts Glendale first.

“Glendale residents are ready for a change,” Opaska said. “As mayor, I will work for them, not special interests. I will fight to lower taxes, restore city services, and enhance Glendale’s image.”

More about Walt Opaska

Walt Opaska is the son of a teacher and a small businessman. A graduate of the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law, Opaska works for Bryan Cave LLP where he specializes in intellectual property rights.

Opaska is a long-time leader in the Arizona conservative movement. He serves on the executive board of Arizona Right to Life, and he cofounded the Arizona Republican Attorney Association with Phoenix Councilman Bill Gates. He has been active in the fight to lower taxes and end corporate welfare. In 2007, Opaska chaired the No New Sales Tax for Glendale campaign, a grassroots effort opposing Glendale’s ballot initiative to raise the city’s sales tax. In addition to professional and political involvement, he has been actively involved in numerous charitable groups, including the 20-30 Club and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Opaska is married and has a four-year old daughter. To learn more about Walt Opaska and his campaign to be the next mayor of Glendale, please visit www.opaskaformayor.com.

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Walt Opaska Calls on Mayor Scruggs, Council to Prepare for Life Without The Coyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24, 2012

GLENDALE, ARIZ (January 24, 2012) – City of Glendale mayoral candidate Walt Opaska calls on Mayor Scruggs and the City Council to plan for the possibility that if the Coyotes leave Glendale. Major Scruggs and City Council must start a process to find a company to manage Jobing.com arena if the Coyotes leave Glendale.

“While Glendale should try to keep the Coyotes in Glendale in a way that does not bankrupt the City, Glendale needs to plan for all eventualities. Mayor Scruggs and the City Council are neglecting their duties to the citizens of Glendale by not planning for possibility that the Coyotes leave Glendale,” stated Walt Opaska.

In September, the City Manager told Mayor Scruggs and the City Council that it would take at least three or four months to find an arena management company. “It is inconceivable that we are less than three months from the end of the hockey season and Glendale has no plans for arena management in mid-April if the Coyotes leave. Immediately, Glendale needs to begin a public process to find potential arena managers if the Coyotes leave Glendale,” says Walt Opaska. “If the City does not have a back-up arena management company in place, and a deal is not reached by the end of the Coyotes season, Jobing.com arena will sit empty. What a waste! Glendale needs needs new leadership that will plan for the future.”

To learn more about Walt Opaska, please visit www.opaskaformayor.com. Walt Opaska is the only mayoral candidate consistently opposed to taxpayer subsidies for the Coyotes.

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Glendale Mayoral Candidate Walt Opaska Calls on City of Glendale to Fire Its Lobbyist Gary Husk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2011
CONTACT:  Walt Opaska

GLENDALE, ARIZ (November 17, 2011)- City of Glendale mayoral candidate Walt Opaska today calls on Glendale’s city council and mayor to fire their lobbyist Gary Husk, due to his involvement in the Fiesta Bowl scandal.

On Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office indicted Natalie Wisneski, the former Fiesta Bowl Chief Operating Officer, for filing false financial statements and illegally reimbursing Fiesta Bowl employees and their family members for campaign contributions. The Wisneki indictment details Husk’s involvement in the scandal. In addition, Husk played an extensive role in the cover-up, according to the Fiesta Bowl Special Committee’s report on the scandal.

“In light of the indictment of Wisneski, it is outrageous that Glendale continues to pay Husk $10,000 a month. He has failed to live up to the ethical standards that Glendale’s citizens deserve, and I call on the city of Glendale to immediately terminate their contract with Husk,” said Walt Opaska. “He cannot be an effective advocate for the city’s needs while under an ethical black cloud.”

Gary Husk has worked as a lobbyist for the Fiesta Bowl since 2003. In addition to being a lobbyist for the Fiesta Bowl, Husk lobbies for the city of Glendale. Glendale pays Husk $120,000 a year for his services.

To learn more about Walt Opaska, please visit www.opaskaformayor.com.

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Walt Opaska Announces Candidacy For Glendale Mayor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2011
CONTACT: Walt Opaska

Glendale — Walt Opaska announces his candidacy for Glendale Mayor. Glendale must elect a Mayor who will put Glendale first, not special interests.

Under Mayor Scruggs, Glendale has cut city services while giving away millions of taxpayer dollars for corporate welfare projects like pro-sport stadiums and strip malls. This year, Glendale will spend $37 million dollars on a hockey stadium and $13 million on a spring training facility.

“Glendale is taking $630 from every family in Glendale this year and spending it on sports arenas. This is shameful. Mayor Scruggs and the city should help Glendale’s families, not take their money to provide corporate welfare. Instead of taking $630 from each Glendale family and spending it on professional sports teams, I will work to cut taxes, put more police officers on the street, and restore basic city services, like libraries, that Mayor Scruggs and the city have cut to fund corporate welfare,” explains Opaska.

To pay for outrageous crony capitalism, Mayor Scruggs raised Glendale’s taxes and water rates to the highest of the ten largest cities in Arizona. Under Mayor Scruggs, Glendale has the highest sales tax and water rates of these ten largest cities and third highest property tax rate. According to a 2010 study by the Tax Foundation, Glendale sales tax is the eighth highest sales tax rate of the 107 largest cities in the country. (See http://www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/26622.html). “As mayor, I will oppose tax increases and work to rein in City spending so Glendale no longer as the dubious distinction of having the highest taxes in state,” pledges Opaska.

Walt is the son of a school teacher and small businessman. He has a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Texas and a law degree from University of Arizona. Prior to attending law school, Walt worked as an engineer for Lockheed Martin. As an attorney, Walt works with innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs to solve problems and protect their inventions and other property. In 2007, Walt chaired the “No New Sales Tax for Glendale” Campaign, a grassroots effort to oppose Glendale’s ballot initiative to raise the City’s sales tax. In addition to professional and political involvement, he has been actively involved in the charitable groups including the 20-30 club and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Walt is a married to Jennifer Opaska, an Arizona native. They have a 4 year-old daughter, Avery.

“I am asking the Glendale’s voters to help me put Glendale first. Let’s bring accountability, responsibility, and discipline to mayor’s office.”

Walt announces his campaign tonight at the Legislative District 4 Republican Party meeting, which is held at 6:30 pm at Union Hills Country Club.

To learn more about Walt Opaska and how you can help Walt put Glendale first, please visit www.opaskaformayor.com.

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