Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Endorses Michael Monti For Mayor Of Tempe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2012
CONTACT: Julie Lind

Yet Another Key Endorsement: Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Endorses Michael Monti For Mayor Of Tempe
Lane says Monti understands that cities must work together with neighboring communities

(Tempe, Arizona) Businessman and Candidate for Tempe Mayor Michael Monti has picked up yet another important endorsement. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane has joined the growing chorus of current and former elected officials who are supporting Michael Monti’s mayoral campaign.

Lane, like Monti, also has a private sector background and a common sense approach to solving problems.

Lane stated, “Michael Monti’s policies and proposals for Tempe reflect a thoughtful, business-sector approach to government. I am an accountant and small businessman by trade and I appreciate the fact that a business owner has decided to run for Mayor of Tempe. Hugh Hallman is one of the best Mayors in Arizona. Michael Monti, endorsed by Mayor Hallman, would be a worthy successor. People who have to meet budgets and payrolls have a unique understanding of what it takes to make a community success as well as stand up for itself. Michael understands that in order for a City to succeed it must work together with neighboring communities. We share many interests with Tempe. I hope to work on them with Michael.”

Monti, who helped pioneer Local First, understands the importance of regional cooperation. “I co-founded Local First because I saw a need for local businesses to come together for critical issues. I plan to bring that same philosophy to Tempe City Hall and partner with neighboring communities to serve common interests. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane would make an excellent partner. He understands budgets and economic issues because of his private sector background. He understands that politics is not a profession. I am honored to have his endorsement.”

Michael Monti, owner of Tempe’s historic Monti’s La Casa Vieja, co-founded Local First, Arizona. He is also active in the Tempe Diablos Charities, and is the youngest inductee in the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame.

His campaign is based on bringing private sector ideas to government, fiscal responsibility, civic involvement, economic opportunity, and innovation. His proposals include:

  • Financial incentives for city workers who save tax dollars
  • The creation of the Tempe Community Corps to increase volunteerism, and aid Tempe neighborhoods
  • Partnerships with ASU and the business community to bring more jobs to Tempe
  • The creation of a public swimming beach at Tempe Town Lake, paid for by the private sector
  • Partnerships with the ASU College of Nursing to aid Tempe seniors
  • Encouraging businesses to embrace eco-friendly projects such as the Blink Car Charging Stations at Monti’s La Casa Vieja
  • A ban on texting while driving in Tempe
  • A gift ban and stricter reporting requirements for Tempe elected officials

Arizona leaders and organizations that have endorsed Michael Monti include:

  • Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman
  • Tempe Council Member Onnie Shekerjian
  • Tempe Democrat and Former Council Member Barbara Sherman
  • Tempe’s first elected Mayor, Rudy Campbell
  • The Tempe Chamber of Commerce
  • Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne
  • Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
  • Congressman David Schweikert
  • Former Tempe City Council Member ‘Hut’ Hutson
  • Former State Rep. Laura Knaperek
  • Tempe Democrat Carl Hayden
  • Former Tempe Councilman Joseph Lewis
  • Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane

To visit the Monti4 Mayor Website click here or log on to www.monti4mayor.com (@monti4mayor).

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