Paradise Valley Town Council election field now set

Paradise Valley Town Hall is at 6401 E. Lincoln Drive in the Town of Paradise Valley. (File photo)

Paradise Valley Town Hall is at 6401 E. Lincoln Drive in the Town of Paradise Valley. (File photo)

Paradise Valley residents will go to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 30 to elect a mayor and three members of town council.

Paradise Valley Mayor Michael Collins, who is running unopposed, is seeking re-election while four council candidates seeking one of three seats are Scott Moore, Julie Pace, Mark Stanton and Daran Wastchak.

To be elected at the primary, candidates must receive a majority of the total valid ballots cast, according to Town Clerk Duncan Miller.

“If there is a run-off election, candidates must receive a simple majority to be elected,” he said in a June 2 statement. “Whether elected in August or November newly elected officials will take office on Jan. 12, 2017.”

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Mr. Miller says the town’s races will be consolidated with the county, state and federal races appearing on the same ballot.

“Unlike in previous years, the town will not hold an all-mail ballot election,” Mr. Miller said of changes to the local election process.

“Rather, voters will have to go to their precinct polling place on election day. However, if the voter is on the Permanent Early Voter List they will continue to receive a ballot by mail. ‘Independent’ voters who are on PEVL will be notified by mail prior to the August Primary Election that they must designate which ballot they wish to vote: Republican, Democrat, or local candidates only.”

The local race

Council terms expiring include those held by Vice Mayor David Sherf and council members Mary Hamway and Mark Stanton. Ms. Hamway was appointed to fill Dan Schweiker’s unexpired term.

Vice Mayor Sherf and Councilman Stanton ran for two-years terms in 2014 to fill seats vacated by Vernon Parker in 2012 and Pam Kirby in 2014.

This year’s council hopefuls include a Camelback Mountain advocate, two members of the municipality’s Planning Commission and an incumbent seeking re-election. Mr. Wastchak did not respond to a request for comment.

Scott Moore

Mr. Moore, a native Arizonan and father of three children, says his 30-year experience in planning and adminstering municipal development provides a skill set that can be a benefit to the Town of Paradise Valley.

Scott Moore

Scott Moore

“I have served the town over the past several years in a few different capacities,” he said in a June 2 statement.
“I am currently serving on Paradise Valley Planning Commission and have been honored to be involved with the review and approval process for the Ritz-Carlton Resort, the Mountain Shadows Resort and the redevelopment plan for the Cottonwoods Resort and the Hermosa Inn.”

Mr. Moore has also served on the Board of Adjustment and Hillside Committee.

“I enjoy what I do and wanted to be of service to the Town of Paradise Valley and give back to the place where I call home,” he said of his motivation to seek elected office. “I have several key priorities that define why I’m running for town council and what I would like to accomplish serving the residents of Paradise Valley.”

Those key points include an acute attention to public safety pension liability the municipality faces, an adherence to fiscal stability and a steadfast assertion that he will opposed any local property tax, he says.

“My extensive experience in planning and development provides me with a valuable perspective on some of the most important issues Paradise Valley faces on an ongoing basis,” he said.

“I understand the challenge and balance between responsible development and preserving the unique residential character of our community. My experience in serving the town has provided me with insight into how we can most effectively operate our Town’s government and be a responsible steward of tax dollars.”

Julie Pace

A fourth generation Arizonan and 13-year resident of Paradise Valley, Ms. Pace, a securities and insurance sales manager prior to her career as a lawyer, has held numerous leadership positions allowing her to serve as a team player and a solver of problems.

Julie Pace

Julie Pace

“I have represented companies in employment, OSHA, and litigation matters for more than 24 years, earning the recognition of Arizona Business Magazine, which named me as one of the 10 most influential attorneys in Arizona,” she said in a June 1 statement.

“I have also served as a Judge Pro Tem at the Arizona Court of Appeals.”
Ms. Pace lauds here experience with the Mesa Downtown Redevelopment Commission as the back-bone of her qualifications to be an asset to Paradise Valley Town Council.

“That experience included planning, zoning, Board of Adjustment responsibilities, dealing with nonconforming uses, variances, design, public infrastructure and working cooperatively with city council on funding allocations and policy action items,” she said. “In recognition of my service, I was awarded the Community Vision Award from the Rio Salado Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for contributions to the built environment.”

Ms. Pace says her catalyst for pursuing a council seat is to ensure quality-of-life issues are addressed at the town council level.

“I have a passion for protecting the mountain vistas, desert ambiance and respecting our town’s heritage,” she said.

“I will be accessible to residents and will work cooperatively with the mayor, council, and staff to enhance the safety and security of residents and to address drainage, erosion and infrastructure, including increased beautification of streets and visual corridors.”

Ms. Pace says, if elected, she will seek a formal prohibition on certain construction techniques on Paradise Valley topography.

“I want to prohibit dynamiting on the mountains,” she said.

“I want to move the Hillside Committee concept plan review for mountainside construction before variances are considered by the Board of Adjustment. I believe this reform will enable a more meaningful review by obtaining the information necessary for informed decisions that consider all of the interests of the town, the safety and security of residents, and ensuring compliance with the letter and spirit of the Hillside Building Ordinance while preserving our mountains.”

Ms. Pace says she would bring a unique perspective to Paradise Valley Town Council.

“My experience is unique because I have represented both the private sector and local governments in government contracting matters,” she said.

“This is relevant to service on the council because how our Town spends taxpayer dollars in procuring goods and services is important for fiscal responsibility and public accountability.”

Mark Stanton

Mr. Stanton, who was raised in the Town of Paradise Valley, is a father of two children and has extensive volunteer and professional service experience throughout the Valley of the Sun.

Mark Stanton

Mark Stanton

“I believe in public service and volunteerism,” he said in a June 1 statement.

“I am a past active member of Scottsdale 20-30 Club, a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership, named as a Phoenix Business Journal 40-Under-40 Business Leader, appointed as chairman/member of the Arizona State Personnel Board, graduate of Sky Harbor Aviation Academy, served on the executive board of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce and am a life member and former president of the Scottsdale Charros.”

Mr. Stanton is now serving as chief of staff for Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek.

“I was honored to serve as deputy director at the Arizona Office of Tourism from 2009 to 2015, leading the marketing for our State of Arizona both domestically and internationally,” he said of his most recent professional endeavor prior to leading Supervisor Kunasek’s staff.

Mr. Stanton, a current member of Paradise Valley Town Council, says he is seeking re-election to provide balanced leadership on key issues facing the community.

“The Town of Paradise Valley has challenges and opportunities that sets it apart from any other city or town in the Valley,” he said.

“I understand that and I am committed to protecting Paradise Valley’s charm and quality of life.”
Those issues include public safety, development and infrastructure concerns and the promotion of resident engagement.

“I am prepared for the challenges and opportunities that face Paradise Valley in the future, working with the town staff to find responsible solutions and to communicate with our neighboring communities on issues that impact the future of Paradise Valley,” he said.

Mr. Stanton says he can bring both experience and leadership to Paradise Valley Town Council.

“My blend of experienced leadership as a business owner, government official and marketing professional makes me uniquely qualified to understand the complex public policy, business and communication issues affecting Paradise Valley,” he said.

“We have the honor of calling this amazing place home. As a life-long resident and servant to the community, I am confident I am the best equipped candidate to serve on Paradise Valley town council.”

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