There are two reasons to celebrate tomorrow in Tempe, Election Day and the opening of the Hayden Flour Mill

Yes, tomorrow is Election Day in Tempe…so go vote! But it’s also an extremely important day for another reason. The beloved Hayden Flour Mill opens tomorrow to the public for the first time in 15 years. The fences come down Tuesday and the public will be allowed to explore the grounds. What a great day it will be!

As a business owner, I pushed for this project which has been a year in the making.

Looking at the Mill, which had fallen on hard times, I felt those silent silos had been ignored for too long. I felt a piece of our history was slipping away. We had to do something.

We reached out to Mayor Hugh Hallman. We reached out to City Hall, specifically Chris Anaradian, Tempe’s Community Development Director.  Mr. Anaradian was thinking along the same lines and invited me and my business partner, Eddie Goitia, to attend a meeting with the Downtown Tempe Community to brainstorm.  From there ideas took shape.

 It is because of dedicated leaders such as Mayor Hallman and his team at City Hall that Tempe will be able to enjoy a one-of-a-kind open space and special event venue that lends an iconic touch to Tempe’s landscape.  Mayor Hallman led the drive to get substantial private sector donations to assist this effort.

This is a classic example of government looking to do something bold and innovative, and the people of Tempe can expect more of the same should I be fortunate enough to be elected Mayor.

 Look for immediate dividends from the Flour Mill. Events will want to stage at this unique venue.

And I’d like to think we came up with a few other great ideas in this campaign too. Check them out for yourself at


Michael Monti
Owner, Monti’s La Casa Vieja
Candidate for Tempe Mayor


 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.  Don’t forget Election Day is May 15th!

To make a campaign donation on line click here or mail a check to
P.O. Box 24476, Tempe, AZ 85285

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  rather than spend tax dollars
  • The creation of the Tempe Community Corps to increase volunteerism, and aid Tempe neighborhoods and services
  • 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
  • An eight year term limit for the mayor’s office
  • Recruiting and retaining top teachers and professors
  • A North/South Tempe Summit

Arizona leaders and organizations that have endorsed Michael Monti include:

  • Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman
  • Former Tempe Council Member and mayoral candidate Linda Spears
  • 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
  • Senator Jon Kyl
  • Former Tempe City Council Member ‘Hut’ Hutson
  • Former State Rep. Laura Knaperek
  • Tempe Democrat Carl Hayden
  • Former Tempe Council Member Joseph Lewis
  • Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane
  • Former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr.
  • Former State Senator and Tempe Council Member Bev Hermon
  • Former Tempe Council Candidate Angie Taylor Thornton
  • Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey
  • Former State Senator Gary Richardson


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

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