Lauren Kuby for Council

My family always told me that I was bound for a life of community service. I can trace that path as far back as 1958, when my parents were volunteering for John F Kennedy’s Senate campaign. One day, JFK unexpectedly stopped by our small town’s campaign office. He asked for coffee, and my eager Dad raced home to brew a cup, leaving 8-month-old me and my Mom alone with the family hero. “Your daughter makes me miss my baby Caroline. Can I hold her?” The story of JFK rocking me as a baby became family lore and a large part of my identity.

My Dad was a town committeeman and, at age 12, I was a proud “assistant” committeewoman…or so I thought. Turns out that position never existed; he awarded me that title to dupe me into doing his work! Still, the sense of contributing to my community has been important to me ever since. My middle-class parents raised me to believe that being part of a community means doing the necessary work to take care of it. That has been my guiding principle as I worked in campaigns, both nonpartisan and partisan, from local to statewide to national.

Since first moving to Tempe 25 years ago, bringing people together has been my passion: as a parent at Hudson Elementary School, fashioning the district’s first site-based governance team; as a member of Tempe Leadership Class XXV, collaborating to bring a mobile-shower trailer to our homeless population; and, as a Tempe Community Council board member, “connecting those in need with those that care.” Harry Mitchell—a font of Tempe history, government, geography, and public service—has been my inspiration for much of that time.

In the present day, as manager of community engagement for ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability, I oversee a packed public events calendar, mentor ASU undergraduate students, and engage the Tempe community in sustainable solutions. In one example, I brought together neighborhood volunteers, local businesses, and the City in a continuing “A” Mountain Restoration Project.

As a community leader and a champion of urban sustainability, my goal is to connect the University, local small businesses, nonprofits, and neighborhood organizations to strive towards sustainable solutions.

Why I’m Running

Tempe’s been my home for more than 25 years. Our city may be considered part of the “Greater Phoenix metro area,” but those of us who live here know that Tempe is special: an urban community with the feel of a small town. It’s second nature for Tempeans to care for each other; and to invest in our children and our infrastructure.

Overall, our elected officials have done a fine job of taking care of our community. While other Valley cities struggled through the recession, Tempe proved resilient, and our city budget continued to reflect our community values. We are now in strong position to move forward. It’s our community, and we need to take care of it.

Look around, and we see a federal government in gridlock and a state legislature that has ignored the needs of our communities. From my perspective at the Global Institute of Sustainability, the hub of sustainability research, education, and business practices across ASU, I see that cities are where solutions can really move from “talk” to “walk.” Cites are where it’s happening.

My experience at ASU provides a perspective not found on the council today. At ASU, I’m surrounded by amazing innovators and researchers, as well as students and staff who hunger to take their work from concept to reality. I want to bring my unique perspective and experience to a council that embraces innovation and entrepreneurs and is open to suggestions from neighborhoods and residents.

City Council decisions impact our community for generations. Now more than ever, Tempeans need to double-down on progress made on energy-efficiency and solar initiatives. We should work with ASU on ways to turn trash into business opportunities and jobs in our community. We need to reap the benefits of an ASU partnership and lead the Valley in sparking a resilient, clean-energy economy. On the social side, we need to transition the homeless, one-third of whom are veterans, into affordable, supportive housing.

l view Tempe as a vibrant place where we embrace diversity, where we care for those in need, and where our children and grandchildren will continue to thrive.

I ask for one of your three votes on Primary Day, Tuesday, August 24, 2014.

Web Site: www.KubyForCouncil.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurenKubyforCouncil

Twitter: @KubyForCouncil

Phone: 602-790-2156

Email: KubyforCouncil@gmail.com

 

The Arizona Republic named Lauren Kuby as one of the “Top 5 People Who Made a Difference in Tempe,” citing her advocacy on homelessness and environmental issues. Most recently, Arizona Interfaith Power and Light named her a “Hero for Eco-Justice.”

She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from The University of Chicago and a master’s in public history from ASU. She lives in Tempe with her husband, Mike, an ASU geographer and urban-planning professor, and their two daughters, Nora and Olivia, whom she affectionately references as “Ignora and Oblivious.”

Thank You Message From Kolby Granville

After the election, I received more emails, texts, voicemails, tweets, and other forms of communication than I could ever respond to, so I thought I would write one letter to everyone and take a long overdue rest.

First, while the results are unofficial, the pending results are Foreman with 8,578 votes (41.37%) and me with 10,649 votes (51.36%).  Foreman has, at this point, conceded the race and called to congratulate me.  So, I’m calling this race a win.

I would like to talk briefly about my opponent, Dick Foreman.  A good friend of mine told me once, “Government is not a Disney movie, there aren’t simply good guys and bad guys.”  I couldn’t agree more.  While there may be a tendency in a competitive race to make people out as “good guys” and “bad guys” I can say, without question, that Dick Foreman is not a bad guy, and I will be the first to defend him against anyone who says otherwise.  He ran a strong race, he ran an honest race, he ran an issue based race, and he genuinely cares about Tempe.  Cleary, there were issues where we disagreed, (reasonable minds sometimes disagree) but that does not diminish my respect for his very sincere efforts and long history to better his community and to move the ball forward for future generations.

Next, I would like to thank all those who worked on my campaign.  In rough numbers, there were almost 1000 people who, through one form or another, helped out on my campaign.  Together, we knocked on 36,000 doors, made almost 100,000 phone call attempts (not robo-calls!), sent out 100,000 pieces of mail, and sent out over 15,000 personal letters inviting Tempe residents to meet me at my house.  In the final measure, I am only a symbol.  It is easy to be a symbol.  It is all of you who did the real work, day in and day out, and made the campaign a success.  And to each and every one of you, as well as each financial contributor, I want to say thank you.  You have given me the chance to put thought into action for a better Tempe as your next council member.

And finally, for those who did not hear my campaign night speech, I want to reiterate the four promises I made in my speech that will provide my lighthouse in the next four years of continuing council storms:

(1) I will always view the position as a platform for change, not a springboard for another position.  (2) I will always speak my mind, and I will always vote my conscience.  (3) I will draft and propose concrete changes to the way the city does business when I believe it is to the betterment of residents.  (4) I will always remember the only people I am sworn to serve, are the people of Tempe.

And in four years, if all that I have said and done is right, the words of those against me will mean nothing, and if I am wrong, a thousand angels professing my good intentions will matter not…

~Kolby Granville