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I will strive to serve as a representative for all

August 6th, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
I will strive to serve as a representative for all
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By Aaron Harris Sr.

 

Chandler businesses and residents can expect a councilman who is more concerned with the work this position entails and not the title or prestige that is often associated with. Many negative perceptions of this job exist, and I will work to dispel all.

This position requires a lot of time and energy and I will remain committed throughout the four-year term. I believe in transparency and accountability. The citizens of Chandler will not work for the government. I have the personal traits and skills needed in order to be successful in this position.

I will strive to serve as a representative for all and not a champion of a special interest groups or lead with a narrow perspective. I believe in servant leadership with vision and direction.

In order to continue to the progress made by the city’s founders, former council members and mayors who created the city’s vision and ensured early on that Chandler would become a world-class city, we must put our special agendas and interests aside in order to do what is best for the citizens of Chandler.

I will serve as the elected official and voice for the citizens who voted for and are ultimately responsible for my victory.

Businesses can expect a councilman that understands the importance of small business within our community. Small and medium-size businesses are the bedrock of our community and are vital to the continued growth of our economy. They energize our community by providing jobs, goods, and services that have made Chandler’s neighborhoods vibrant places to live, work, and play.

As a councilman, I will continue to promote economic development throughout the city of Chandler. Fair business practices will lead to new business and the creation of jobs that will keep the city thriving and prosperous in years to come.

Fair and equitable policies are also critical as the Chandler Chamber of Commerce establishes partnerships with future potential businesses. I will work with leaders within the Chamber business community in order to sustain existing businesses while leveraging resources that will continue to increase business development and jobs.

On parks and recreation, my goal is to maximize existing resources in order to build new parks and amenities for the citizens of Chandler while continuing to restore the city’s aging parks. Parks and recreation are a necessity to neighborhoods just as public safety and other essential services. As a councilman, I will remain committed to supporting our local park system.

Equity is a great concern of residents across the city as some parks and fields are not as equipped as others. I will work to ensure that our parks mirror each other and adequate space exists for both genders. World-class cities exist because of the active system of parks and recreational programs for all citizens.

Our public library system is vital to supporting the overall literacy of our city and are pillars within neighborhoods where established.

I must note that parks improve and increase property values and also improves the livelihood of the local economy. Businesses have cited the quality of parks within a city as one of the reasons they choose to relocate and build.

The overall health, safety, and well-being of our community depends upon parks as this gives residents the opportunity to stay active and fit. As I campaigned and collected petition signatures, I witnessed families and other social groups of all ages enjoying the many amenities Chandler offers. Residents from all over the Valley engage aquatics, pickleball, football, tennis, soccer, baseball and softball.

Over-use by residents and coaches is an area of concern, and I will remain cognizant of this in order to prevent injury. If we want our children to strive for the best, we must give them our very best.

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