May Newsletter - Top Priority Issues


May 2019

Top Priority Issues


I’m now two months into the job as a Maricopa County Supervisor and I can tell you that the business of running the county is every bit as challenging, interesting, and rewarding as I thought it would be. I have a lot to learn, but also, I believe, a lot to contribute. 

There’s no shortage of work to be done, but there are three issues that stand out to me as the most urgent and important.

Elections. The Board of Supervisors is working with Recorder Adrian Fontes to improve how elections are run in Maricopa County, investing in technology that meets the needs of a 21st century electorate and working with state legislators to strike the proper balance.

Transportation and Infrastructure. It’s time for a new transportation plan that will connect the next generation to greater opportunity and improved quality of life.  A future “Prop 400plus” is a priority of mine—in some ways, it’s what my career in public service has been building to—and I plan to be a strong advocate for long-term, countywide solutions.

Continuing economic development.  Building relationships that bring the jobs of the future to Maricopa County. Because of my work with state legislators and other leaders, I know the difference good policy can make in creating an environment that attracts both new industry and new families. As a member of the Board, I will work with my colleagues to build and diversify our vibrant economy.

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Maricopa County

New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show Maricopa County is the fastest-growing county in the nation for the third year in a row. 

Click here to read the article in the Arizona Republic.

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Appoint Kyrene Constable

Kyrene Constable

On April 10 the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed Ben Halloran to serve as the Constable for the Kyrene Justice precinct.  Ben brings more than 24 years of law enforcement experience to the job. I wish him the best of luck in his public service to his community.

Bureau of Land Management issues Vulture Mountains recreation lease to Maricopa County 

BLM Lease Signing

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Bureau of Land Management signed a lease agreement allowing the Parks and Recreation Department to enter into a Recreation and Public Purposes lease to develop the Vulture Mountain Recreation Area as a new County Park. Under the lease, the parks department will be responsible for managing approximately 1,046 acres of public lands near Wickenburg, Arizona.

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In the District

East Valley Mayors' Prayer Breakfast

EV Mayor Breakfast

Town of Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels hosted the 8th Annual East Valley Mayors' Prayer Breakfast on March 27. A great display of the strength of our diversity. Enjoyed catching up with friends like Arizona Speaker of the House of Representatives Rusty Bowers and Town of Gilbert Vice-Mayor Eddie Cook.

Farm-City Partnership Breakfast

Farm Breakfast

Enjoyed our Maricopa County District 1 Breakfast on the Farm hosted by Boyle Dairy, Maricopa County Farm Bureau and Maricopa County Cooperative Extension on April 11. Great turnout that included State Legislators Jennifer Pawlik, Warren Petersen and Travis Grantham.

Legislative District 17


Giving a county update to Legislative District 17 with Town of Gilbert Vice-Mayor Eddie Cook and City of Chandler Councilman Rene Lopez.

Legislative District 18


Giving a county update to Legislative District 18 with Chairman Ed Pellegrino and 2nd Vice Chairman Farhana Shifa.

East Valley Partnership

EVP Transportation Committee

The East Valley Partnership Transportation Committee is getting a great update on Waymo’s Autonomous Vehicle operations in our region and a report on the status of Interstate 11 by Interstate 11 Coalition Chairman Scott Higginson.

Toyota Financial Services in Chandler

Toyota Financial Services

Enjoyed touring and meeting the leadership at the Toyota Financial Services Group in Chandler. Impressive operation that employs almost 800 people.

 International Women’s Celebration

International Women's Celebration

I was honored to speak at the International Women’s Celebration Awards Banquet along with Barry Wong, representing Governor Doug Ducey and City of Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. The organization represents an impressive group of women who are making a difference in our community. I was especially honored to present one of the awards to my friend, Shen-Yi Michelle Chang.