Q&A with Palo Verde District’s lone candidate

By: 
DARRELL JACKSON, Staff Writer
Seven candidates are running for Peoria City Council, along with Cathy Carlat running unopposed for mayor.
The primary election is Aug. 28. Any candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the votes will win outright. If no candidate reaches that number, a runoff will be held on Election Day, Nov. 6.
Early voting for the primary begins Aug. 1. The deadline to mail back early ballots is Aug. 22, and early voting ends Aug. 24.
To register to vote, go to www.arizona.vote/ or servicearizona.com/voterRegistration.
To request an early ballot, go to https://recorder.maricopa.gov/earlyvotingballot/earlyvotingballotrequest.aspx.
To find out which City Council district you live in, visit https://www.peoriaaz.gov/government/mayor-and-city-council.
To find your polling location, visit https://voter.azsos.gov/VoterView/PollingPlaceSearch.do.
The Peoria Times recently sent questionnaires to all candidates running for Peoria City Council. Here are responses from Vice Mayor Michael Finn, who is running unopposed in the Palo Verde District:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What is your age, marital status and children, if any?
51 and married to my wife, Joy, for the past 27 years.
 
What is your educational and career background?
I have a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. I have been in management positions with UPS, US Airways, the CFO of Peoria Unified School District, and am currently the chief performance officer for Pueblo Mechanical and Controls.
 
How long have you lived in Peoria?
18 years
 
Why are you running for City Council?
I believe in this city, I believe in the staff, and I believe in my fellow councilmembers. I want to help continue the tradition of Peoria being the premier city to live, work and play. I also truly enjoy being a part of Peoria City Council.
 
Why do you believe you are better qualified than your opponent?
I will be running unopposed this election cycle and thank the citizens for having faith and trust in me to continue for another four years.
 
How many City Council meetings have you attended (or watched) in the last year?
I have not missed a council meeting since being elected.
 
Have you served on any city boards or commissions and if so, which ones?
I currently am the chair for boards and commissions.
 
Do you have any other political history other than city boards and commissions? If so what?
I am the current representative for the Palo Verde District.
 
What do you believe is the No. 1 problem facing Peoria and what will you do to fix it, if elected?
Continuing to move the needle on economic development, I will continue to support innovative ideas and solutions, such as land banking, to ensure we are getting the right projects on key parcels of land.
 
What grade would you give the current council and why?
An A. I give the council an A for two primary reasons: 1) The council works so well with one another and has complete respect for each other’s opinions; and 2) we all have a large amount of respect and faith in the city staff starting at the top and permeating through the entire staff. When a council and staff works well together, a city thrives and flourishes. The A really goes to the staff and we just get to be a part of their success.

If elected, what would you do to address Peoria’s growing homeless population?
We are currently addressing this with direct interaction through specially trained personnel in our Police Department and we are trying to help them get back on their feet somehow. Running the homeless out is not necessarily the answer. Most do not prefer to be homeless and simply need some assistance. We are striving to do that for them.
 
Do you think the city is a good or bad steward of its residents’ tax dollars and why?
I believe the city is a very good steward of tax dollars. We have one of the most respected reserve balances of any city in the country, we deliver balanced budgets, and we listen to the citizens regarding what is important to them. We also have a capital improvement plan that is funded and not just conceptual.
 
What would you say to disillusioned and undecided voters?
Educate yourselves and don’t limit yourselves to one source of information. Now, more than ever, it is critical that voters ask questions and become involved. Once you have done that, then get out and vote.
 
If elected, how will you make yourself available to your constituents?
I do my best to make myself available to constituents whenever needed. I do work a full-time job, so I generally try and schedule things early in the morning, late afternoon or on weekends.
 
How are you campaigning?
I spent quite a bit of time going door to door and speaking with constituents and will also be placing signs out in the near future.

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