Former Mayor of Sedona Endorses Tobin

Andy Tobin

Former Mayor of Sedona Endorses Tobin

Colquitt cites Andy’s conservative credentials and family values

Endorsements haven’t stopped pouring in from all over Arizona’s vast 1st Congressional District. Momentum, energy and support are clearly behind Andy Tobin’s campaign as he continues to visit every corner of the district building his grassroots network of passionate volunteers and supporters. Former Sedona Mayor Pud Colquitt (2004-2008) is the latest elected official to join the more than 30 others to voice support for Tobin’s mission to repeal ObamaCare and return Arizona’s 1st Congressional District to its conservative values.

Andy Tobin is my choice for Congress in rural Arizona,” said former Mayor of Sedona Pud Colquitt. “Andy is a common sense conservative candidate with vision. Whether he’s fighting against ObamaCare or supporting concealed carry, he always brings conservative values to the table. He has a family, including five children and retired parents. He understands the challenges facing Arizona’s 1st Congressional District because he faces them himself everyday. There’s nobody else in this race who has the proven conservative record to affect change in Washington on behalf of rural Arizona. That’s why I am endorsing Andy Tobin for Congress.”

“When we return this district to its conservative values, it will be thanks to great folks like Mayor Colquitt,” said Tobin. “I feel honored that our growing network of supporters is entrusting me to take the solutions we have implemented here in Arizona to Washington on their behalf. I will continue to put the taxpayers, families and businesses of rural Arizona above politics. I will continue to protect Arizona from ObamaCare, overbearing government regulations and government intrusion into our lives.”


Andy Tobin and his wife of 28 years, Jennifer, are the proud parents of five children- three daughters and two sons. Tobin is a small business owner who has devoted his life to positively affecting his community through job creation, public service and advocating for conservative principles. Tobin’s focus has been on creating sustainable jobs, helping small businesses succeed, building a stronger middle class and putting Arizona back on track. While serving as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Tobin drastically cut government by 25 percent, balanced Arizona’s budget and presided over the largest tax cuts in Arizona’s history, saving Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars.

Tobin has fought for your family’s freedoms, your prosperity and your community for the past six years while serving in the Arizona Legislature. He continues to lead the fight to stop the implementation of the disastrous ObamaCare. As your Representative in Congress, Andy Tobin will represent your voice, and lead the charge in fighting for you against the wasteful spending, government intrusion, and out-of-touch insiders that are taking away your freedoms.

Join Andy Tobin today!


For more information, please contact Tobin for Congress Campaign Manager Craig Handzlik at or 928-275-1417.

Sedona Republican Men’s Club Endorses Adam Kwasman for Congress in CD-1

Adam Kwasman press release


In a near unanimous vote of its membership, the Sedona Verde Valley Republican Men’s Club has endorsed Adam Kwasman for U.S. Congress from Arizona’s First Congressional District.

Club President, Charles “Charlie” Christensen had this to say about Kwasman:

“Adam’s proven conservative record combined with his excellent knowledge of the issues and his positive demeanor and energy are exactly what we need to defeat Ann Kirkpatrick in the House.”

Christensen continued:

“Sedona Verde Valley Republican Men’s Club urges AZ-01 voters to support Kwasman, and looks forward to working for his campaign and putting AZ-01 back in the Republican column.”

For more information about the Sedona Verde Valley Republican Men’s Club, feel free to contact Dwight Kadar at 281-610-0725 or


Sedona Mayor Rob Adams Asks for $500K ‘In Lieu Fee’ In Exchange for Zoning Change

By Lynne LaMaster

One council member calls the request ‘extortion’

Mark Stevenson owns a piece of land with an undeniably ugly old office building on it. He wanted to build something lovely for the residents and vistors of Sedona, Arizona.

“Our vision is to create an aesthetically enhanced restaurant that combines Community, Sustainability, Artistry, and Beauty, where both local residents and visitors alike can meet and enjoy “bella cocina” (beautiful cuisine) with dramatic views of the red rocks during the day and the stars at night,” reads the cover letter to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

In order for that vision to come to pass, Stevenson needed a zoning change from Office Professional (OP) to General Commercial District (C-1). Stevenson and his team worked diligently with the City of Sedona’s staff and committees to ensure that Sedona’s rigid specifications were met, and finally arrived at the last hurdle: Approval from the Sedona City Council.

So, it must have come as a surprise when during the discussion of the project, Mayor Rob Adams stated, “In my experience with doing development agreements, or zoning changes, or community plan updates, this is our opportunity, particularly in the zoning change process to negotiate community benefits in exchange for the entitlements.”

How much of a community benefit? Adams’ idea was a $500,000 donation to the City of Sedona in exchange for the zoning change.

Really? Yes. A $500,000 ‘in lieu fee’ that the “…City could utilize to provide benefits to whatever we come up with.” And, evidently, this practice is commonplace in the City of Sedona, although typically the requests for fees and ‘community benefits’ are handled in smaller, less public settings.

Mayor Adams was bold in making his request, “I would like to hear you say, ‘I’m willing to put up a reasonable amount of money, considering the fact that when I do get that zoning change, we know that the value of property is going to be increased fairly significantly from an OP to a C1.’ So, I’d just like to have an offer from you and see if we could say that we all feel good about that and sing KumBayAh.”

When Stevenson heard the amount Adams had in mind, his response was quick and clear, “That, we’re out.”

From there, the conversation continued, until finally one council member used the word, “extortion.”

Continue reading for the entire context, and the resolution.

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