Candidates for Gilbert Town Council - 2-Year Seat
Community of Residence: Gilbert
Business: Accurate Lien
Occupation: Self Employed Manager
Education Background: B.S, University of California
Brief summary of employment history: Business owner since college
List of community organizations you belong to: Various religious and trade groups
How long have you lived in the Town of Gilbert/District? 32 years
Give three (3) qualifications/skill sets that make you a leading candidate for Town Council. Explain why these qualifications make you a better candidate than your opponents.
My fiscal experience and lengthy residence in Gilbert qualify me to serve on the Town Council. The biggest responsibility of a council member is to participate in the creation and approval of the town’s billion dollar budget. I have participated in the creation of several multi-billion dollar budgets while serving in the State Legislature and as President and trustee on the Maricopa College Board of Trustees. I have seen Gilbert grow from a small farming community to a large municipality. I have raised my children here and I am proud to serve its citizens
What is your vision for Gilbert in 20-30 years?
In the year 2030, we will likely reach build-out capacity within our town boundaries. This will require careful planning today. Thanks to leadership with foresight and efficiency, we will have the needed infrastructure to support new homes and businesses. We will have a balanced budget that allows for maintenance required for streets and utilities. And we will have rainy day funds to use in times of unforeseen tragedy or recession. Gilbert will continue to attract businesses that provide high quality employment for our citizens. It will attract patients looking for life-saving medical care in our hospitals and cancer centers. We are already seeing this come to fruition. Our schools offer a wide range of educational opportunities and they will continue to adapt to the learning needs of our children.
What are the top two (2) priorities you would like to see accomplished during your term on the Town Council?
Maintaining a fiscally responsible town budget that meets the needs of the tax payers. 2) Maintaining a family friendly environment with safe streets and parks in addition to public safety that enjoys strong support and confidence of Gilbert residents. 3) Continue creating a business friendly environment that will continue to attract high paying jobs.
How will these priorities further the long-term sustainability and economic growth of Gilbert and tie into your future vision for Gilbert?
My priorities require careful planning for future growth, particularly as we reach building limitations. My experience creating budgets at the state level will enable me to create responsible budgets for Gilbert that will sustain future infrastructure needs. I believe that attracting new businesses, particularly in medical and technology fields, is important. We are already seeing this happen. It is important to listen to our business owners and residents to understand what their needs are and discuss how we can best serve them.
If elected to the Town Council, who would you consider to be your stakeholders and how would you propose to represent them?
The tax payers and citizens of Gilbert are the stakeholders. I will represent them by supporting a safe community for them to grow businesses and families. I will be fiscally responsible by creating a budget that is efficient and doesn’t unnecessarily raise taxes. I will be a good steward of city funds and use them to maintain and expand infrastructure as we reach build-out capacity.
What experience do you have with complex budgets?
The biggest responsibility of a council member is to participate in the creation and approval of the town’s billion dollar budget. I have participated in the creation of several multi-billion dollar budgets while serving in the State Legislature and as President and trustee on the Maricopa College Board of Trustees.
How would you propose to interact with the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and how do you see your respective roles on issues that may come before the Town Council?
I will continue to communicate with the business community and make myself available to the Chamber and to Gilbert business owners. I have owned and operated a number of small businesses, which enables me to understand their viewpoints and collaborate to meet their needs. My experience in real estate development gives me an added perspective.
Gilbert Town Council Election has three seats to fill, but the terms and candidates for these elected seats vary as follows:
Two seats open for a 4-year term (chose two). Click Here to learn more about the 4-year term candidates.
- Scott Anderson
- Kathy Tilque
- Bus Obayomi
- Tyler Hudgins
One seat open for a 2-year team (chose one)
- Bill Spence (Incumbent)
- Laurin Hendrix
The Gilbert Chamber's endorsement process was calendared for March and April 2020. To participate, all candidates were invited to return the completed questionnaire by March 1st. Those candidates not listed either declined participation, missed this deadline, OR entered the race after the endorsement process had begun. Candidates not listed include Bill Spence.