KFYI.com posts Mayoral Candidate Mark Mitchell’s Assault report as Teen

“Tempe Mayoral Candidate Denies Sexual Assault as Teen”  is the headline to the article KFYI.com posted to their website.   According the post    “Phoenix Police have been interviewing Mark Mitchell for the past several months in connection with several incidents dating back to 1983”.   The full story, along with the original police report and Mtchell’s response can be read by following the link below.

http://www.kfyi.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=118695?feed=118695&article=10110852#ixzz1uKDEhWWO

Editor Note:  It’s a sad day for Tempe; in that it’s hard to find anything good that comes from this mess.   However when you sign up as a politician your past becomes part of the public domain.   Regardless of who you support for Mayor, our readers would like your comments on the story, police report and Candiate Mitchell’s statement.

 

 

Rick Carias Write-in Candidate for Tempe Mayor

I have met a myriad of Tempe voters and discussed their specific questions and concerns.I was shocked that our waste management have taken a 5% cut in pay.I spoke to head of HR and she assures me that the 5% will be lifted soon.

My platform is Sustainability,Green Energy,Education,Business and a voice for the people.I’am currently recycling clear plastic drinking bottles and aluminum cans to purchase food for St,Mary’s food bank to feed needy families and the Homeless.My project was inspired by a recent History Channel show which showed the waste of clear plastic drinking bottles stretching across planet Earth 3 times.What a waste of landfill and plastic bottles which can be recycled for money to feed Homess and needy families.          Green Energy in the form of Solar Panels.My goal if elected is to give buisinesses tax incentives/breaks by installing these solar panels to reduce their electric bills thus passing the savings on to thier customers.My campaign consists of campaign signs and flyers and Ads in the new times.The entire process has been a learning experience but fun!If elected I would like to use the recycle program to pay for kids sports uniforms and send them to sports camps. Getting excited for General Election May15 to determine if I split the vote or even pull out an   upset. Sincerely Rick Carias Mayoral Candidate 2012,

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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Bill Richardson supports Mark Mitchell for Mayor

Tempe will elect a new mayor on May 15. Current council member and former Vice-Mayor Mark Mitchell and restauranteur Michael Monti are mayoral candidates.

Tempe is a big business with almost 2,000 employees, a city budget approaching $400 million dollars, and serious problems.

Tempe police press releases announcnethe a significant presence of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel or warring street gangs. Tempe’s serious crime rate is the second highest in Metro Phoenix, higher than Phoenix’s and significantly higher that the bordering East Valley cities.

Tempe has become an increasingly expensive place to reside and do business as taxes and water rates have jumped in order to pay for the highest number of government employees in the region.

And Downtown Tempe is the new home of impeached state senator and far right Republican Party official Russell Pearce and his Ban Amnesty Now organization.

The question for voters is who can change Tempe’s direction or who’ll keep it going in the same direction that’s been pushed by current Mayor Hugh Hallman?

Hallman has thrown the full weight of his machine and the Republican Party behind Monti.

In the mayoral race Mitchell clearly has the local governmental experience and extensive background working with other cities, county, state and federal officials and Arizona State University, Tempe’s last remaining cash cow. Mitchell has served on the council for twelve years and has represented Tempe at the National League of Cities and the Arizona League of Cities and Towns. He enjoys the trust and respect of many governmental and business partners Tempe needs for its future. Mitchell’s established political relationships with the mayors of bordering cities Mesa and Phoenix will be of great benefit to land locked Tempe. His dedication to Tempe is second to none.

Monti who co-owns a downtown restaurant, has never held elected office, and has demonstrated during his campaign that he knows how to throw rocks when it comes campaigning and discussing the issues with a mean touch.

Monti’s continuous attacks on Mitchell for his travels as part of his city sponsored involvement with the National League of Cities and his Republican cohorts attacks on Mitchell for his support from fire fighters, their threats to illegally tear down campaign signs and well placed stories with the ultra conservative media portraying Mitchell as a liar and criminal are all the wrongs kinds of things Tempe needs.

Monti’s campaign is reminiscent of Hallman’s 2004 scorched earth campaign when similar attacks were used against competing mayoral candidate Dennis Cahill. The February 21, 2004 Tribune editorial, Mud Mania in Tempe, pointed out how the race between Cahill and Hallman “has degenerated into a mud-wrestling match. And most of the mud has been manufactured by Hallman out of purely phony issues.”

Hallman’s aggressive and often mean spirited campaign and leadership styles ushered in a new way Tempe does business with its citizens, business owners and governmental partners. Styles that are expected to continue if Monti becomes mayor.

Tempe needs a mayor and council member with leadership style and experience that accomplishes the mission of government with dignity and respect for others.

More of the same or change? In this election every vote will count.

Mark Mitchell

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

Vote for who you support to be Tempe’s next Mayor and City Councilmen

Please show your support for the candidates by voting below.   Then check back often to  see which candidates are leading in our very unscientific straw poll.   The general election is May 15,2012.  Thank You for your participation.   

2012 Primary Election Results

Mark Mitchell will face Michael Monti for Mayor in the General Election

Joel Navarro and Corey Woods won their seats by each gaining over 50+1% of the total votes cast.

Dick Foreman will face Kolby Granville in the General Election.

Total Votes Cast: 18,467

Mayor Votes

VOTES     Percentage of Ballots Cast
Mitchell, Mark    8,109      43.91%

Monti, Michael   8,112       43.93%

Spears, Linda      2,090       11.32%

City Councilmember Votes

Foreman, Dick                     8,047    43.58%

Granville, Kolby                 8,005      43.35%

Navarro, Joel                       9,560       51.77%

Taylor Thornton, Angie      7,838    43.44%

Woods, Corey                       11,786     63.82%

 

Keep Tempe Elections Clean

Just what I feared would happen, is happening in my city.  Things have gotten nasty and partisan politics are alive and doing the damage that we have seen too much of in Arizona and Washington D.C.

Some of the nastiest literature I have ever seen has arrived in my mailbox. I have refused it which means it goes in the trash somewhere.  However, not in mine or my recycling bin.

Throughout my forty years in local government have seen the best of citizens working together for the betterment of the community.  Some belonged to the Republican party, others to the Democratic party.  I never figured out others or even cared who was who.

I have voted for and supported the Tempe Mayor and City Council. They have their differences of opinion but I know where their heart is and it is here.

Some of the literature and comments on web sites indicate that a prominent member of one party supports their candidate .  Just a little hint.  I don’t care and neither do a majority of citizens.

While it seems to be a common occurrence, here and in other non-partisan elections, I also think it is wrong for incumbents to endorse candidates.  They just may end up having to work with someone they opposed.

My plea to all candidates is to drop the negative campaigning and tell us what you stand for.  The cheap shots aren’t appreciated and that is what they are….cheap shots.