Wastchak: why I am running for Paradise Valley Town Council

Paradise Valley has been my home for the past 10 years, and I plan to call it home for the rest of my life.

For this reason, my interests in preserving the unique character and quality of our community are long-term, and my decisions as a community leader will carefully consider what is best for our town far into the future rather than simply what is best today.

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Daran Wastchak

As a member of the Paradise Valley Town Council I will work hard to make our town more prosperous, more responsive to the needs and aspirations of residents, safer, and the admiration of our neighboring communities, the state and the nation. To accomplish this, I will be drawing on over 25 years of personal experience.

As a small business owner working with home builders to make their homes more energy efficient, I have successfully guided my company through tremendous growth and the significant upheaval of the Great Recession. This private sector, entrepreneurial experience has strengthened my skills in business administration, personnel management, budgeting and strategic planning.

On the public sector side, my leadership and policy making skills were developed through work at the local and state level as a member of the Paradise Valley Planning Commission, as a precinct and state committeeman, and as first-vice chairman of Paradise Valley’s Legislative District 28. Adding to my private and public sector experience, in 2013 I completed a PhD in public administration and policy from Arizona State University, which provided a strong understanding for how government can operate both efficiently and effectively.

I applaud the efforts of the mayor and current Town Council for their drive to make quality of life issues a priority for the town. As a member of the Town Council, I look forward to continuing efforts to enhance the beauty of our streets, improve cell phone coverage for residents (and our police department), and protect our neighborhoods through sensible policies regarding parking, signage, blighted houses, noise and lighting.

Public safety will always be a very high priority for me, and we have many reasons to be proud of our police department, from the use of the latest technology, to a greater emphasis on community policing, and new leadership from Chief Peter Wingert. As a member of the Town Council, I will help to build upon these recent improvements to the department and support any prudent and practical policies that make the Paradise Valley Police Department a truly best-in-class organization.

Oversight of the town’s finances is perhaps one of the most critical responsibilities of the Town Council.  Having worked with private sector and non-profit budgets for many years, and sat through our Town’s budget setting meetings for two budget cycles now, I feel more than ready to take on this responsibility as a member of the Town Council.  There is much work to do including, with approval from voters in November, the management of a new expenditure limit authority, ensuring maximum funding for Capital Improvement projects, and paying down our police pension liability as soon as possible.

As a member of the Paradise Valley Town Council, I will give the best of myself to our community.  I possess a strong moral and ethical background, a roll-up-your-sleeves work style, a steady drive to get things done, and a positive and optimistic attitude that underlies everything I do.  I will bring to the Council a leadership style that is based on listening, thoughtful and reasoned decision making, a focus on collaboration, and the utmost respect for the thoughts and ideas of my fellow residents and colleagues on the Town Council.

It would be an honor to receive your trust, your confidence and your vote to represent you on the Paradise Valley Town Council.

Editor’s note: Mr. Wastchak is a candidate for Paradise Valley Town Council in the Aug. 30 primary election

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