No Matter How You Voted, We are One Tempe

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May 17, 2012

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No Matter How You Voted, We are One Tempe

(Tempe, Arizona)    Businessman Michael Monti thanks all of his supporters and those who voted for him. While it was a close race, the voters have spoken and the close vote will not be contested.

Monti said, “There is a time for campaigning and a time for governing. For the good of Tempe, it is time to get behind Mayor-Elect Mitchell. I sincerely appreciate everyone who worked on my campaign and those who supported my innovative agenda. I urge those people now to rally behind our new Mayor.   Tempe must now move forward as we thank Mayor Hallman for his service and dedication, and as we usher in Mayor-Elect Mitchell. Good luck and wishes to him, and our community.”

 

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Michael Monti: I Am Grateful For Your Consideration

My Fellow Tempean:

May 15th, Election Day, is almost here. Soon we will know who will replace Mayor Hugh Hallman. I respectfully ask for your vote. I have done my very best to put forward innovative plans to help create jobs, protect our community, aid our seniors, re-open pools and parks and do the many things to enhance YOUR quality of life.  You can learn more at www.monti4mayor.com or call me directly at 480-313-8534 to discuss them.

I am ready to lead, and have released a pro-active plan for my first 100 days in office, should I be fortunate enough to be elected. You can read it here. Or you can watch my video here.

Mayor Hallman has endorsed my business experience and ideas to carry on his outstanding stewardship of Tempe, with our bold new ideas. So has former Tempe City Councilwoman Linda Spears who ran for Mayor earlier this year. She has since graciously endorsed our campaign and will be a key voice I will rely upon, if elected.

While there are many differences between my opponent and me there are two I would like to highlight.

First, half of Tempe’s housing stock is apartments. Some 20,000 units. My opponent keeps approving more and more. I think we need to be much more cautious approving more apartments. I have proposed having the police department evaluate apartment projects in the approval process and monitor any approved projects to make sure safety is preserved for the tenants and surrounding neighborhoods.  If not done right more apartments will harm neighborhoods and jeopardize public safety.

Secondly, it is no secret that I have taken issue with my opponent’s cavalier use of public dollars, even traveling lavishly while he was voting to raise taxes and close public pools, reducing code enforcement and other services.  I disagree with my opponent’s call to now commit millions to a Mill Avenue area convention center to compete with the one in Phoenix. We have greater priorities. And contrary to my opponent’s claims, my opposition has nothing to do with my restaurant or property. I have never planned to build a conference center.

In fact, Mitchell’s plan would likely benefit my business but I still believe it’s a bad deal for the taxpayers.

Call me directly to discuss these or any matters prior to Election DayMay 15th. My number is 480-313-8534. Thank you for your consideration and everything you do to make Tempe such a terrific community.

In Service,

Michael Monti
Owner, Montis La Casa Vieja Restaurant
Arizona Restaurant Hall of Fame Inductee
Candidate for Mayor
Proud Husband and Father

 

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 www.monti4mayor.com

Sincerely,

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

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 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
Monti4Mayor
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

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

Fiesta Bowl Fallout: If State Legislature Won’t Act Cities Must

The Arizona State Legislature failed.  So it’s left to cities to take the lead.  Why not Tempe?

To what am I referring?  The state legislature’s refusal to act on substantive reforms to state financial disclosure laws in the face of the Fiesta Bowl scandal.

It’s shameful.

Politicians’ refusal to act calls further attention to the numerous legislators that received free tickets and makes good people wonder why the problem cannot be addressed quickly and decisively.

Rays of sunlight can be a helpful disinfectant instead of the alluring darkness of cover-up.

Yet the state legislature and many other elected leaders will not stand up to ensure these mistakes will not be repeated again. Earlier this year County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman and I announced a series of reform measures which will reduce the opportunity for corruption, and provide much need transparency for elected officials at the local level, starting in Tempe. Tempe has been a policy leader in the past on many issues. I would like it to be once again on this subject.

We are calling, for example, to have elected officials disclose all gifts worth more than $15 and ban all gifts valued at more than $50.  We should require immediate reporting on the City’s website and enact strong penalties for knowingly violating the rules. Elected officials are stewards of an office and the people have the right to know what benefits may come with it. Service is about the people’s business not a means to be a prince of perks.

Democracy needs checks and balances. Voters deserve to know what perks officials are receiving.  The solution seems obvious .

I have a business to run, but I decided I wasn’t going to sit around and wait for someone else to do the right thing. I am running to reform.  Learning from the lessons of the Fiesta Bowl and instituting helpful change is one of my highest priorities.  If our state legislature won’t show the way on more transparent, ethical government we can.

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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.

To make a campaign donation on line click here or mail a check to

Monti4Mayor
P.O. Box 24476, Tempe, AZ 85285

Statement on Phoenix Police Investigation of Mark Mitchell

Dear Friends, Supporters and Tempeans,

I have received numerous requests to comment on sexual abuse allegations against Mark Mitchell which have been investigated by the Phoenix Police Department. Their report requests he be charged with four felonies including Sexual Abuse.

I did not wish to comment on this but I am forced to because Mr. Mitchell is actually trying to blame our issues-based campaign for this chain of events.

This is sad and shameful.

Neither I nor anyone associated with my campaign had anything to do with the criminal investigation of Mr. Mitchell.

It is a serious issue and I have faith that law enforcement and the legal system will handle the matter fairly. Whatever the outcome, I hope that the rights of the accused and the accuser are respected. Mr. Mitchell should be given the rights every citizen has of presumed innocence and a rigorous defense.

But Mr. Mitchell does not have the right to blame the investigation on our campaign. He claims the allegations are politically motivated. This is outrageous. The Phoenix Police Department is a respected law enforcement agency and would not conduct a “politically motivated” investigation. The police report shows no contact between our campaign and investigators. Read it for yourself here.

We did not ask for a police investigation.

We have no knowledge of the accuser.

We do take offense at claims to the contrary.

We do take offense to Mr. Mitchell lying to police about not knowing the alleged victim as the report indicates.

Frankly, had Mr. Mitchell not falsely accused our campaign of playing a role in this criminal matter against him, we would not be sending you this message. We apologize for having to do so.

On May 15th, let’s elevate from these dark clouds to a brighter day for our community. Let’s take Tempe from good to great. Read more about my innovative agenda at www.monti4mayor.com. I ask for your vote.

Sincerely,

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

 

Dear Friends, Supporters and Tempeans,

I have received numerous requests to comment on sexual abuse allegations against Mark Mitchell which have been investigated by the Phoenix Police Department. Their report requests he be charged with four felonies including Sexual Abuse.

I did not wish to comment on this but I am forced to because Mr. Mitchell is actually trying to blame our issues-based campaign for this chain of events.

This is sad and shameful.

Neither I nor anyone associated with my campaign had anything to do with the criminal investigation of Mr. Mitchell.

It is a serious issue and I have faith that law enforcement and the legal system will handle the matter fairly. Whatever the outcome, I hope that the rights of the accused and the accuser are respected. Mr. Mitchell should be given the rights every citizen has of presumed innocence and a rigorous defense.

But Mr. Mitchell does not have the right to blame the investigation on our campaign. He claims the allegations are politically motivated. This is outrageous. The Phoenix Police Department is a respected law enforcement agency and would not conduct a “politically motivated” investigation. The police report shows no contact between our campaign and investigators. Read it for yourself here.

We did not ask for a police investigation.

We have no knowledge of the accuser.

We do take offense at claims to the contrary.

We do take offense to Mr. Mitchell lying to police about not knowing the alleged victim as the report indicates.

Frankly, had Mr. Mitchell not falsely accused our campaign of playing a role in this criminal matter against him, we would not be sending you this message. We apologize for having to do so.

On May 15th, let’s elevate from these dark clouds to a brighter day for our community. Let’s take Tempe from good to great. Read more about my innovative agenda at www.monti4mayor.com. I ask for your vote.

Sincerely,

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

 

Michael Monti Proposes North/South Tempe Summit

(Tempe, Arizona)    Businessman and candidate for Tempe Mayor Michael Monti wants to turn any friendly rivalry that may exist between north and south Tempe into a friendly partnership. That’s why he is proposing summits between community and business leaders representing north and south Tempe.

For years, there have been concerns that amenities and resources have not been properly distributed throughout the City.  Monti believes the best way to resolve these concerns is to have residents from both ends of Tempe sit down and define what are their common goals, what goals are unique to each community, and how both sides can work together.

Monti’s priority is to make certain that no part of Tempe feels slighted.

Monti stated, “Since I began this campaign I have heard a great deal from residents who want to make sure all of Tempe is fairly represented. I believe the best way to do this is to have those with differing opinions on the allocation of resources sit down and establish some common ground. There is always going to be some friendly rivalries among parts of our City. But let’s make sure those rivalries don’t get in the way of our common goals. We are one Tempe.”

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.

To make a campaign donation on line click here or mail a check to

Monti4Mayor 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

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
  • 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 www.monti4mayor.com (@monti4mayor).

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So, What Happens If You Vote For Me? By Michael Monti

Michael Monti

So, What Happens If You Vote For Me?

In presidential elections one is often asked if they are better off than they were 4 years ago?

In this case, Tempe voters might ask: How will my life be better four years from now if I vote for you?  How will Tempe’s?

Here’s how:

  • First, thanks to the leadership of Mayor Hugh Hallman Tempe is headed in the right direction.  I will continue many of his policies while looking for ways to further innovate
  • Local businesses will say they have had no better friend.  I was a founder of Local First Arizona, a now thriving statewide Arizona business organization that seeks to help locally-owned businesses prosper
  • Tempe has been labeled before as an “All American City.”  That’s remarkable recognition for our great community.  But I also want us to the “The Innovation City,” creating an atmosphere where the creative class, entrepreneurs and innovators flock to Tempe
  • You will see a government that operates more efficiently.  My plan to reward government employees who save rather than spend is a big step in this direction
  • You will see more jobs.  At Monti’s La Casa Vieja I have to meet a payroll for some 100 employees.  No one else running knows what it takes to create, and conversely, kill jobs.  Tempe will have more jobs after a Mayor Monti than we enjoy today
  • Arizona State University will be thriving because we will have been an outstanding partner helping the New American University be an economic and education engine for Tempe, our state and the country
  • Our citizens will be more engaged than ever as our version of the Peace Corps – what I am calling the Tempe Community Corps – organizes Tempe volunteerism like never before to help our needy, patrol our streets, clean our parks and help with quality of life issues
  • And ours will be a safe city, employing effective police tactics to drive down crime to protect you
  • Lastly, you will see that having elected a Mayor Monti rather than a career politician who has enjoyed the journey too much, my fresh perspective from the outside, from the business community has helped Tempe innovate; helped it prosper and unquestionably show that we did have a lot more history to be made

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.

To make a campaign donation on line click here or mail a check to

Monti4Mayor 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

 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
  • 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 www.monti4mayor.com (@monti4mayor).

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Michael Monti Seeks New Way To Protect Tempe Neighborhoods

(Tempe, Arizona)    About half of the housing stock in Tempe is apartments and while they have a place in any community, businessman and candidate for Tempe Mayor Michael Monti says there needs to be some careful consideration so that these apartments don’t negatively impact established neighborhoods.

Councilman Mark Mitchell, who has been endorsed by the apartment lobby, continues to approve apartment projects. He has received a large contribution from the apartment lobby.

Monti is proposing that the Tempe Police Department have a formal role in the approval process for apartment complexes. Their expertise would be invaluable to make sure any project is appropriate or not appropriate for a neighborhood with regard to public safety, and what steps can be taken at the front end to ensure no problems for the community later.

Police could also assess safety issues such as lighting, and layout. There are established practices to ensure that apartments are constructed in such a way as to not attract crime, protecting apartment dwellers and the surrounding neighborhoods.

This input from the police would be incorporated into a binding specific security plan which would have to be followed by the management of the apartment complex.

Monti stated, “There are an estimated 20,000 apartment units in the City. We have our fair share. What we don’t have are assurances, to the fullest extent possible, that more apartments won’t negatively impact established neighborhoods. While certain apartment projects can undoubtedly aid our community, I think we need to be more cautious, and smarter, with apartment applications.”

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

Monti4Mayor

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

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
  • 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

 

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Open letter to the Monti for Mayor Campaign / By Ron Pies

I understood early that there was a search for someone to oppose the perspective mayoral candidate Mark Mitchell.  The ugly prospect of a partisan election gave me a hint that they needed a strong Republican to oppose that dreaded Democrat.   I heard of several potential individuals and some even talked to me about their possible campaign.

I have never liked the idea of partisan politics in local government elections even though that I knew that they were there.  Woking in city government for almost forty years I worked with mayors and council members.  I knew who was a Democrat and who was a Republican.  However, that seldom came up as the city councils worked together to solve the problems and set their vision of the future.

Early on in this campaign I saw signs that it would get nasty and that issues might take a back seat to personal attacks.  I know some of the principals in your campaign and was surprised to see that they would not only accept but encourage such a campaign.  Once I learned that you were using Jason Rose, I knew that we were in for a nasty one.

Ron Pies

Well, you succeeded in flushing Mark out of his positive campaign to answer some of the most vicious and yes, ridiculous accusations.  I talked to Mark several time and he was very uncomfortable with the personal attacks on you.  After all, both of you have long term Tempe roots.  I knew your Dad well and the Mitchell family going back to Mark’s grandparents.  I never would have dreamed that things would deteriorate the way that they have.

 

The campaign ad that the LD26 Democrats disturbed me greatly.  I didn’t like it and made my feelings known.  However, it was easy to see why they had to resort to this approach.  I understand that negative campaigns work and that the Jason Rose of the world get rich with them.  The mailings that I have received from you literally made me sick.  I thought that you were a better man than that and never felt that you would make the accusations you made. I watched a few debates and seldom saw you have a positive thing to say.  Your Tempe Beach swimming hole proposal is a joke.  I know what would be involved and no fiscal conservative would ever consider it.  The same holds true for the trolley.  These, along with the ASU Nursing School gimmick were not thought out or practical.

 

As for your personal attacks on Mark, some of your backers should know better as his expenses for such travel as the National League of  Cities were council responsibilities.  The amounts that you listed were not excessive.  Mark is a working man with a family and should not be expected to pay those costs out of his pocket as some may.

 

I could go on but will just leave it with this comment.  As a friend, I am deeply disappointed that you would want to win the way you did.

 

Ron Pies

Tempe Chamber of Commerce Endorses Michael Monti for Mayor of Tempe

(Tempe, Arizona) Businessman and candidate for Tempe Mayor Michael Monti has received a key endorsement. The Tempe Chamber of Commerce endorsed Monti following his impressive performance at a January 30th debate co-sponsored by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Republic.

Monti not only discussed his background as owner of Monti’s La Casa Vieja, he also laid out his innovative plans to help Tempe go from good to great.

Monti stated, “It takes an endorsement just like this to overcome a self acknowledged career politician. I respect Councilman Mitchell’s service but Tempe can do better to fill Mayor Hallman’s big shoes. I appreciate the Tempe Chamber of Commerce recognizing this and encouraging someone from the business sector to move Tempe forward.”

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

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

 

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