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PLEASE NOTE: I AM LEAVING “DONATE TO MY CAMPAIGN” UP FOR NOW. I DO HAVE CAMPAIGN DEBT. I DON’T KNOW THE FINAL FIGURES YET AS INVOICES CONTINUE TO ARRIVE.

I WILL LEAVE THE CHAVIRA VIDEOS UP THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT YET VIEWED THEM.

We’ve all heard the expression, “Every vote counts.” Two of the current Glendale races as well as some state races demonstrate exactly how important your vote is.

In the US Representative race for Congressional District 1 the lion’s share of votes come from Pinal County but a few votes, and I mean a few, come from Maricopa County. Paul Babeu has 2 Maricopa County votes and Wendy Rodgers has 5 votes. Every vote counts.

In Congressional District 5 Christine Jones and Andy Biggs are separated by 733 votes out of a total of 77, 126 votes. Every vote counts.

In the County Recorder’s race Helen Purcell leads Aaron Flannery by 374 out of 283,552 votes. Every vote counts.

In Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers leads challenger Mark Burdick by 339 votes out of a total of 24,367 votes. Every vote counts.

In my race I lead Sammy Chavira by 34 votes out of 2,886 votes. Every vote counts.

It appears that with the results of September 1st, Glendale’s votes have been counted. There may be a very few stragglers left to count but they will not affect the fact that Mayor Weiers and I have led our races throughout the count and have won our contests. I suspect our leads may increase by a few, very few, more votes.

That is not the case in the county. There are still 88,000 votes uncounted. In the tight races listed above these final votes will most certainly impact those races.

What many potential voters fail to appreciate is that Primary races are just as important as General races. Often Primary races are 2 person contests. In those races, you are electing your representative at the Primary, not the General. Yet voter non-participation is traditionally higher for Primaries. Primary participation is usually about 9% to 10% of total voter registration. That’s crazy. 10% of the voters decide the outcome for everyone.

It’s especially true in local, city races. Often there are just two candidates for an office. Whomever wins the Primary, wins the race and is elected. The race is done. It’s over. There is no need for the contest to appear on the General Election ballot.

You and I know the Presidential race between Trump and Clinton is tightening up every day. It may well turn out to be the closest Presidential contest in U.S. history…and you think your vote doesn’t count? Believe me, it will.

© Joyce Clark, 2016          

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PLEASE CHECK OUT THE LATEST VIDEO TO THE LEFT OF THIS COLUMN. JOYCE CLARK INVITED SAM CHAVIRA TO A DEBATE. HE REFUSED. IMAGINE IF IT HAD HAPPENED…

My opponent, Sam Chavira and his big money, outside-of-Glendale special interests, went negative against me. He needed to keep the public’s focus off of his record and the only way to do so was to attack me. He lied. He has a record that he cannot defend. On July 5, 2016, I invited Sammy to a debate. He refused. He said, “My record speaks for itself.” Here are the facts that make up his record.

FACT:  Sam Chavira abused taxpayer trust by spending nearly $25,000 on trips, like to Washington, D.C. to see the Pope or hosting a $420 seafood dinner for his Phoenix fire department bosses.

FACT:  Sam Chavira has been an invisible councilmember. He does not return constituent calls, often cannot be reached and hosted only one district meeting (May of 2013) during his term.

FACT:  Sam Chavira has 2 full time jobs, as a Phoenix firefighter and Glendale councilmember. He has failed to do his job as your councilmember. He missed 12 city council meetings (Minutes of city council meetings). That is more than any other Glendale councilmember in history.

FACT:  In March of 2016 Sam Chavira received a speeding ticket in Glendale. His court date was scheduled for April 20, 2016. He failed to appear in court. His driver’s license was suspended. He only paid his fines when the media questioned him.

Sam Chavira’s ethical compass is broken.

He can’t do the job he was elected to do.

He used taxpayers’ money as if it was his personal checkbook.

He thinks he’s above the law and failed to appear in court.

My ethical compass is not broken.

I will do the full-time councilmember’s job full-time.

I will publicize every taxpayer dollar I spend from my councilmember’s budget.

I am not above the law. Glendale’s elected officials have a duty to be role models for our community.

© Joyce Clark, 2016       

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CHECK OUT THE LATEST VIDEO TO THE LEFT OF THIS COLUMN. IN JULY JOYCE CLARK INVITED HER OPPONENT, SAMMY CHAVIRA, TO A DEBATE. HE REFUSED. IMAGINE IF IT HAD HAPPENED…

My opponent, Sam Chavira, has sent many campaign mailings.

  • FACT:  The money fuelling his campaign is from special interests, Mark Becker of Becker Billboards, Arizona Pipe Trades Union, The fire union, and the United Food Workers Union.
  • FACT:  My opponent, according to his 2016 filed campaign reports, has not received one campaign donation from a single person in Glendale or from our district, the Yucca district.
  • FACT:  Nearly every campaign donation I have received has come strictly from people like you, residents of the Yucca district or Glendale. This fact demonstrates a level of support from the district that Sammy simply cannot command.
  • FACT:  A few donations I received from outside of Glendale have been from friends.

You have a choice in this election on August 30th. My opponent, having received his campaign money from special interests, will have to make good on their agenda. 

I owe no one except the residents of Glendale. My pledge is to represent you and to “get your voice back.”

 Do you have a direct question for me? Call me at 623-772-9795 or send me an email at clarkjv@aol.com. I am always available to talk to you and to answer any question or concern you may have. 

This election is so important and your choice will be decided in the Primary on August 30th. I ask for your vote.

 Together we will “get your voice back.” 

We all want safe neighborhoods, more good paying jobs right there in Glendale, abundant recreational opportunities and a well maintained city with excellent service delivery. I want what you want.

 My pledge to you is to work hard to achieve these goals. I humbly ask for you and your family’s votes by Early Ballot or at the polls on August30th.

Banner vote for Aug 15 2016

© Joyce Clark, 2016                 

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CHECK OUT THE LATEST VIDEO TO THE LEFT OF THIS COLUMN. IN JULY JOYCE CLARK INVITED HER OPPONENT, SAMMY CHAVIRA, TO A DEBATE. HE REFUSED. IMAGINE IF IT HAD HAPPENED…

There’s an old saying, “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” From what I’ve heard, Sammy prefers something stronger than milk, and often. There is no doubt a ton of money has been spent to try to defeat me in this election. Sammy’s campaign, to date, has paid for 2 mailers; he has paid the LA Machine to deliver his door hangers; and he has illegally stuffed mailboxes with his campaign material. The estimated cost is about $15,000.

Campaign for Truth and Leadership, an Independent Committee, whose chairperson is Bill Scheel of Javalina Consulting, and Revitalize Arizona (with major funding by Residents for Accountability), shell PACs being used by Javalina Consulting, have spent another estimated $20,000 on campaign mailers and campaign signs for Sammy. And remember, they have not consulted with Sammy or his campaign on their actions or the content of the mailers (read with a heavy dose of sarcasm).

The total estimated cost to date is in the $35,000 range and sure to climb before this campaign is over. The estimate is that by the time of the election Chavira and his people will have spent an estimated $50,000 to defeat me. Imagine that! And I will have spent $10,000.

In one of Sammy’s recent mailers he claims that I called the auditors of the Risk Management and Workmen’s Compensation Fund “nitpicky.” Sammy lied. I did not call the auditors or the auditors’ report “nitpicky.” I did call some of the unnecessary details of the report “nitpicky.” This is just another example of campaign rhetoric when a word is deliberately taken out of context and misused. Imagine, all that money spent and the very worst they can come up with is “nitpicky.” What a hoot! You would have thought Sammy could have found something more dark and sinister to use.

In yet more campaign rhetoric according to Sammy, I broke the piggy bank. I must be some kind of all powerful wizard to have accomplished that all by myself. Sammy conveniently ignores history but let’s not forget how desperate he is to win. Sammy does not acknowledge that former Mayor Scruggs and her obedient mushroom councilmembers,(old country saying: “a mushroom is grown in the dark and fed a diet of horse manure”) Knaack, Frate and Martinez, along with Scruggs were  a majority vote that made the decisions resulting in Glendale’s present condition. I was an afterthought for it is well known that I did not march in lock step with former mayor Scruggs. There were many times that former (and recently deceased) Councilmember Lieberman and I were minority “no” votes. Sammy doesn’t acknowledge Scruggs’ responsibility because that does not fit his campaign rhetoric.

I seem to be pulling up scads of adages and here’s another, “Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you.” Sammy is using the same points he used in 2012. It may have worked then but will not work this time. He fails to recognize one very important difference this time. His record. He now has a record of 4 years of accomplishment or in Sammy’s case, non-accomplishment. As Sammy has said, “my record speaks for itself.”

His record is a disaster.

  • How can he possibly defend a record of abusing taxpayer money with lavish trips to D.C. to see the Pope and a $420 dinner for his Phoenix fire bosses?
  • How can he defend missing 12 council meetings, more than any elected official in Glendale’s history?
  • How can he defend failing to appear in court and a driver’s license suspension?
  • How can he defend holding only one district meeting in 4 years?
  • How can he defend being the deciding vote for a “sweetheart deal” with an out-of-state corporation granting Ice Arizona $15 million dollars a year to manage Glendale’ arena?
  • How can he defend his silences at council meetings, rarely speaking and when he does, only to thank someone for something?
  • How can he defend his inaccessibility to his own district residents?
  •  How can he defend refusing to return constituent calls?

I received a call today from a gentleman and voter who told me he and his family members (7 of them) had voted for me. His reason? He had called Sammy several times to ask for help and Sammy never returned his call. This constituent’s complaint has been echoed to me over and over again. Here are two recent constituent observations: “So I asked this man (Sammy Chavira) a simple question and was very nice about my question, instead of answering my question he deleted my comment. Not someone I would want to be the mouth of the Yucca district. Can’t even answer simple questions and instead ignores the people.” Or “The same thing happened to me!”

Yes, Sammy, your “record does speak for itself” and it’s not pretty or ethical.

We can’t afford Sammy or his ethics.

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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By now everyone knows that Sammy Chavira, my opponent, considers himself above the law. We’ve seen him get a Glendale traffic ticket; his Failure to Appear for his court hearing; the subsequent suspension of his driver’s license; and his hustling to pay his fines of hundreds of dollars only after the media asked him about it. It also appears that the truck that Sammy has been driving for several years is still registered to someone else…hmmm.

We know that Sammy stuffed mailboxes with a political piece without bothering to mail it. It’s just another violation…this time of U.S. Postal law. Anything placed in your mailbox is required to have postage and to have been mailed. Sammy doesn’t seem to care or once again, he thinks he’s above the law.

Sammy is supporting Mark Burdick in his run for mayor. They both have careers in the fire profession. But perhaps it’s also because of their lax attitudes toward laws and regulations.

Take a close look at the latest Burdick mailer. If you look carefully you will see there is no disclaimer or attribution as to the political committee that sent this mailer. No “Paid by Burdick for Mayor.” No “Paid by Revitalize Arizona with major funding provided by.” Nothing. It’s another violation…this time of Arizona law that governs political committees. It is required by law that there is such a disclaimer on a political mailing.

Return address has post office box but no "Paid by" as required by law

Return address has post office box but no “Paid by” as required by law

This is “inside baseball” information. Those of us who are candidates or working on a candidate’s campaign know what the rules of the game are. They are not difficult to follow. It is not expected that the voter would be aware of them. We know that we must place a disclaimer with a contact phone number on our campaign signs and that we must place a disclaimer on all of our campaign mailers.

If these men cannot follow the law in these situations, can we expect the same kind of behavior from them when they make major policy decisions for us? Leadership must include ethical behavior. Niccolo Machiavelli in his book, The Prince, said “the end justifies the means.” In his book he discusses the morality of political rules. He believed that the first priority of a leader is to protect his power at any cost. Chavira and Burdick seem to have adopted Machiavelli’s philosophy.

I bring these violations to your attention for it is discouraging to those of us who do follow the rules. At some point these men will flaunt the law once too often and karma will occur. For now, you, the voter, have the right to know when candidates who are asking for your vote don’t follow the simplest of rules.

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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This afternoon I went to my mailbox to get our mail. Inside was a postcard with no postage. I checked a few other neighbors’ mailboxes and they had the same card within them. It is a Chavira campaign piece. Here is the Chavira card, front and back. Do you see any postage paid for the privilege of his delivery within your mailbox? No, of course not. Once again, Sammy has shown utter contempt and disregard for the law. This card clearly says, “Paid for by Chavira for Glendale, Printed in house.”Chavira card in mailboxes Aug 6 2016_Page_2

Chavira card in mailboxes Aug 6 2016_Page_1

 

 

 

 

 

As I was getting the mail I ran into our postal delivery person. He said,

“IT IS A FEDERAL OFFENSE TO PLACE ANY MATERIAL IN A MAILBOX, CAMPAIGN OR OTHERWISE.” He said to call 1-800-ASK-USPS to file a complaint. I urge anyone who received this Chavira campaign card in their mailbox to call immediately.

Chavira is not for Glendale.

UPDATE:

I just called the US Post office at this number (1-800-275-8777) and filed a complaint about Sammy’s placement of campaign material in mailboxes. It takes a few minutes and some patience but it can be done. I ask anyone in the Yucca district who received Sammy’s campaign card in your mailbox to please call the US Post Office. The more complaints received the more seriously it will be considered. Also email me at clarkjv@aol.com and let me know you saved his campaign card.It’s time to end Sammy’s cheating. SAVE SAMMY’S CARD AS PROOF.

Thank you.

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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PLEASE CHECK OUT THE LATEST VIDEO ABOUT CHAVIRA’S RECORD TO THE LEFT OF THIS COLUMN

In July, 2016 three Political Action Committees registered in Glendale. The first one is Glendale Forward. It registered as a PAC on July 6, 2016.  Here is the link to the Glendale City Clerk’s page about its registration with the city: http://glendaleaz.com/Clerk/documents/GlendaleForward.pdf . The registered Chairman of this PAC is Mike Colletto. Mr. Colletto is the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Professional Fire Fighters, the Phoenix chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). The registered Treasurer is Stephen Gilman, a firefighter who works for the City of Goodyear.

The second one to register with the City of Glendale on July 20, 2016 is the Campaign for Truth and Leadership. Here is its link: http://glendaleaz.com/Clerk/documents/CampaignforTruthandLeadership.pdf . Its Chairman is Bill Scheel, of Javalina , a consulting firm. He managed Chavira’s last campaign in 2012. Its Treasurer is Darryl Tattrie of Common Cents Consulting. It registered as an Independent Expenditure Committee. An independent expenditure committee, by law, may not consult with or share information or its plan of action to support a candidate with the candidate. Consider that as a wink and a nod for which politics is famous.

On July 22, 2016 a third PAC was born, Fire Fighters Interested in Registration and Education PAC.  It’s an out-of-state PAC located in Washington, D.C. Here is its link: http://glendaleaz.com/Clerk/documents/FireFightersInterestedinRegistrationandEducationPAC.pdf . The sponsoring organization is the International Association of Fire Fighters. Its Chairman is Harold Schaitberger, President of the IAFF and its Treasurer is Thomas Miller. Even though it is required on the registration form, there is no information provided about the Treasurer’s occupation or employer. It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to assume it is the IAFF.

What do 2 of these 3 PACs have in common? They are suddenly created to support only fire-related candidates in specific, local elections such as Glendale’s and after an election they go to PAC heaven (or hell). The third PAC in this illustrious list is a permanent PAC. I assume its purpose is to register voters and to educate them. Perhaps that’s the kind of education Chavira meant when he misled voters in 2012.

These 3 PACs, recently registered in Glendale, were created for one purpose and one purpose only and that would be to mail campaign material supporting former Fire Chief Mark Burdick, currently running for mayor and Sammy Chavira, a Phoenix fire fighter, running for re election to the Yucca district council seat. These are the only two fire related candidates in Glendale.

So-o-o, brace yourselves for an onslaught of campaign mailings from this point until the election on August 30th. Usually at the bottom in small print or on the return address you can tell who sent them. If they are from Glendale Forward, Campaign for Truth and Leadership or Fire Fighters Interested in Registration and Education, they will be nasty and dirty. They will attempt to destroy Mayor Weiers or me. Their only purpose is to keep Sammy and elect Burdick. You should be very suspicious of their content.

On the other hand, you have read the facts the Arizona Republic and the Glendale Star have reported about Sammy. Sammy told reporters he would let his record speak for itself. It has. His spending on travel; his speeding ticket and subsequent actions; and his failure to appear at six months worth of council meetings and do his job are all actions and decisions he made as a councilmember. I have used facts that are on the public record and have been reported by various media. They tell you what he has done. I’ve told you what he has not done for the people of our district.

That he settled for a trailer instead of a permanent library like Velma Teague, the Main Library or Foothills Library. That he held only one meeting of Yucca residents in 4 years, choosing instead to take your money to go to Washington, D.C. to see the Pope.

 It is evident what he has done and more importantly, what he has not done for the people of our district. Along with the media I have tried to make everyone aware of Sammy’s record so as a voter you can make an informed decision, a choice for change and offered a way to get your voice back.

Our election is August 30th but early vote-by-mail ballots go out on August 3rd, and likely will arrive in your mailbox before August 8th. I ask you to return your mail-in ballot promptly as these early votes are a large portion of district votes. For many, the tendency once your ballot is received is to place it somewhere. It is sometimes forgotten and never returned. This election is critical and your councilmember will be chosen at the Primary. Make your vote count. Return your early ballot promptly.

I pledge as your councilmember that your access to me for your problems will be easy and my response prompt. Please help me to give your voice back.

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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PLEASE CHECK OUT THE LATEST VIDEO DEPICTING SAMMY’S RECORD OF SERVICE.

Today it will be 114 degrees and as we continue to plant campaign signs we will be dripping within 5 minutes…sigh. Arizona politicians are probably tougher than any others. Who in their right mind would campaign in the summer in Arizona? Only in Arizona, I guess.

Last night I held the first Yucca district meeting since Sammy held his one and only meeting in May of 2013. About two dozen hardy souls attended. Unfortunately we were competing with Trump’s acceptance speech (reportedly over 30 million viewers). That’s OK. It was a very good meeting. Many questions were asked of both Mayor Weiers and me and as a result, the meeting lasted for two hours. Mayor Weiers did an excellent job demonstrating his breadth of knowledge on city issues as our Mayor. Interestingly, there were 4 gentlemen from Phoenix in attendance. Obviously they were there on behalf of either the Burdick or Chavira campaigns. We hope they had a good time.

I had planned to post the video of the meeting but due to its length of 2 hours I don’t have the capability to do so. We may try to figure out how to edit it down to something manageable and post snippets.

One of the questions was about the “temporary” sale tax increase. I was the councilmember who insisted that it be temporary at the time of its passage. It was due to sunset in 2017. Chavira, in an Arizona Republic interview of July 25, 2012 (almost 4 years ago to the day) said this about the sales tax increase, “Hopefully, the new council can expedite the five-year sunset.” Enter the sound of crickets…just another empty campaign promise made by my opponent. He made no call for council’s action on this issue.

That Arizona Republic interview of Sammy was full of his insistence on transparency and communication with his constituency. Here are just a few of his more memorable comments on the subject:

  • “Firefighter prepared to listen to residents.”
  • “Chavira, 47, thinks increased transparency and a greater willingness to involve residents, businesses and neighboring cities in decision making can help Glendale come out of its difficult times.”
  • “Many of the city’s latest problems stem from a lack of input from residents.”
  • “Chavira said he’s committed to getting resident input.”
  • “People seem to forget politicians are here to serve the citizens they represent.”

Sammy ignored his very own premise that he was elected to serve the citizens he represents. When is the last time he contacted his constituency to seek their input? How about never. He’s had only one district meeting during his entire term.

In that same interview, Chavira was asked what can the City Council do to help make education better in Glendale? His answer was, “We need better and more after-school programs, park and recreation programs and we need to bring back, we don’t have Little League anymore. We need to be more accessible to our children.” Not sure what he means by being more accessible to our children. Perhaps you can figure that one out.

Let’s not forget Sammy’s promises in a 2012 campaign mailing, “We need excellent schools to prepare our children to compete for high wage jobs and to attract companies to our region. I will fight to fully fund Head Start, promote education tax credits, and make city-provided after-school programs more academically focused. We also need to keep our parks and library programs strong to provide activities that keep our youth off the streets (emphasis is Chavira’s).

Keep in mind that a local city council has absolutely no authority over local education in its community. That is the job of local school district boards. They make the decisions about where funds will be expended, what their curriculum will be and they make policy and procedure decisions for the schools within their district. As for the pledges he made in his 2012 campaign, enter the sound of crickets chirping once again.

Chavira chooses buzz words to define his campaigns. He chose a hot button issue that is decidedly important to all of us knowing full well that he, as a member of the city council, could do nothing about it with the exception of city-funded, after school programs. He has not advocated for and has done nothing to fulfill his pledges regarding education. It implies that either he is truly ignorant and doesn’t know that he has no impact on educational issues or it is a deliberately cynical use of an issue as he relies on the voter to be ill informed. Beware of his use of the same themes and tactics in this election.

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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Sammy Chavira campaign signs were spotted today. They look like they are the same signs he used in his 2012 campaign. The slogan on his signs, “The right priorities” has proven to be ironic and totally meaningless. People are chuckling and saying, “Really?”

Let’s take a look at Sammy’s priorities during his first term:

  • His priority is to take lavish trips at taxpayers’ expense such as seeing the Pope on a large screen TV in Washington, D.C.
  • My priority is to publicize all of my taxpayer funded councilmember expenses on internet for all to see.
  • His priority is to ignore the law by failing to appear in court for a speeding ticket that resulted in his driver’s license suspension and eventual payment of fines when the media started to question him. He called it “a minor glitch.”
  • My priority is to advance the completion of Heroes Park.
  • His priority is to be largely invisible while serving as a councilmember by missing a dozen council meetings and holding only one district meeting during his term.
  • My priority is to restore regular district meetings and to be accessible in person, by phone, email and social media.
  • His priority while on council is, “I’ll be a voice for accountability and tight spending controls” except when it comes to burying his trip expenses in a mass of lost credit card receipts. His accountability has been non-existent.
  • My priority is to improve services for Glendale’s residents while keeping city government lean and mean.
  • His priority is to “fight to fully fund Head Start, promote education tax credit programs and make city-provided after-school programs more academically focused.” Unfortunately he didn’t tell voters that a Glendale councilmember has no control over local school board decisions regarding curricula, policies and funding.
  • My priority is to work toward a permanent west library branch.
  • His priority is, “no more sweetheart deals.” Yet he flip-flopped on the Coyotes management contract and approved a $15 million dollar a year “sweetheart deal.”
  • My priority is to attract new businesses and jobs while working to assist existent businesses.
  • His priority is as a double-dipper receiving $35,000 a year as a Glendale councilmember while also pulling close to an estimated six figure salary as a Phoenix firefighter yet he can’t seem to do his job as a councilmember.
  • My priority is to serve everyone by doing my “homework” on issues that come before council, attending all council meetings and helping citizens to solve problems.

All of his priorities reflect facts from the Arizona Republic, the Glendale Star, minutes of city council meetings and direct quotes from his 2012 political mailings.

There were those who counseled Sammy not to run this cycle but it appears that Sammy thinks Yucca district voters are too stupid to understand and appreciate his many misguided “priorities.”

Chavira has done nothing and contributed even less to council deliberations on major issues. Now the Arizona Republic in an Op-Ed piece has called for his censure for his extravagant trips paid by Glendale taxpayers. They did not go far enough. Chavira should reimburse the city. He can certainly afford to do so with his two jobs earning him a six figure salary.

He appears to have flown under the radar taking care of his friends and major campaign contributors. We know that he has repeatedly ignored the residents of Yucca by canceling scheduled meetings, failing to return their phone calls and failing to connect with Yucca residents through regular district meetings.

I decided to run at the urging of many and because Chavira, quite simply, has not fulfilled his responsibilities and obligations in service to his constituents. Add to that his blatant abuse of taxpayer dollars.

It’s time for Chavira to retire as a one term councilmember and for him to refocus on his job as a Phoenix firefighter. He’s done enough damage.Vote for Joyce

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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PLEASE DONATE TO MY CAMPAIGN BY USING THE PAY PAL BUTTON TO THE LEFT.

PLEASE CHECK OUT THE CHAVIRA VIDEOS TO THE LEFT OF THIS COLUMN.

It has been 18 years and 199 days since the city’s pledge to build the West Branch Library.

Last week I posted my campaign finance report on this blog. It is appropriate to look at Sammy’s campaign report. If you wish to see mine or any other Glendale candidate’s finance report, please follow this link: http://www.glendaleaz.com/Clerk/PoliticalCommitteeCampaignFinanceReports.cfm .

Chavira begins with the $16,671.14 from his January report. Those funds came from 3 sources: $5,000 from Mark Becker of Becker Billboards; $6,250 from the UFCW99; and $5,000 from the Arizona Pipe Trades #469. Here is the link to Chavira’s report: June 30 2016 .

In this current report he received campaign contributions from 2 sources: the Tohono O’odham Nation contributed $6,250 and Arizona Pipe Trades 469 gave him another $5,000 for total contributions of $11,250.00. By Arizona law an Indian tribe is not a PAC but is considered an individual and the maximum amount an individual can contribute is $6, 250. So the tribe is maxed out on an individual contribution.  If I read the regulations correctly, the Arizona Pipe Trades may contribute a maximum amount of $12,500. It is close to maxing out with total contributions to Chavira of $10,000.

Have you noticed something? Chavira has received nada, none, zilch…not a scintilla of a contribution from anyone in Glendale since January of 2016.  He has received nothing from a Yucca district resident or a Glendale resident. It may be that his lavish trips on taxpayer money, his many absences from city council meetings and his failure to appear in court with a subsequent suspension of his driver’s license have caused many to be reluctant to contribute to his campaign.

 If he has received individual contributions, he may be holding them back to report them after the Primary but a candidate is not supposed to do that.  When a candidate receives contributions they are supposed to be reported when received…not months later.

Chavira has spent to date $13,397. $4,000 has been paid to Patrick Barrett, a consultant who is currently the finance director for Kyrsten Sinema for Congress and the campaign manager for Navarro for Tempe City Council. Barrett was also campaign manager for Glendale fire fighter and Phoenix City Councilman Danny Valenzuela.

Chavira paid the LA Machine, a petition gathering company, $2,797 to collect his petition signatures. He also paid Benjamin Scheel of Bright Phoenix $1,500 for consultancy. I wonder if there is any connection between Benjamin Scheel and Billy Scheel, a partner at Javalina Consulting?

Lastly he paid the Torres Law Group $1750 for petition verification. I assume it was to check my petition signatures. If that’s what this expense was for, he wasted a lot of money because we checked my petitions for valid signatures before turning them in. We knew that we had several hundred extra valid signatures when my petitions were submitted.

Chavira made $3,000 in disbursements to various persons/organizations: $1,000 to the Center for Neighborhood Leadership; $1,000 to Kim Romero; and $1,000 to the Citizens Police Academy Alumni. There is a Stan Chavira on the board of the Center for Neighborhood Leadership. This same Stan Chavira lists himself as the Community Affairs Director for the UFCW (the same UFCW that donated $6,250 to Chavira according to his January, 2016 campaign finance report). Are Stan Chavira and Sammy Chavira related? I don’t know.

In summary, Sammy spent approximately $5,000 on consultants; another approximate $5,000 on petition signature collection and verification; and disbursed $3,000 to persons/organizations.

It certainly is a small world, isn’t it? It appears that all of Sammy’s connections are intertwined. Stan Chavira (is he a relative of Sammy’s??) is on the payroll of the UFCW and on the board of the previously mentioned leadership group. This leadership group received a $1,000 donation from Sammy.  Sammy received $6000 from the UFCW. The LA Machine, the company that collected Sammy’s petition signatures, has ties to Ruben Gallego (the very friend Sammy spent taxpayer money to see sworn in, in Washington, D.C.) who appears to be the only supporter of Sammy’s campaign.

Patrick Barrett, apparently Sammy’s consultant or campaign manager (??) was also campaign manager for Sammy’s buddy, Danny Valenzuela. Danny and Sammy were members of the International Association of Hispanic Firefighters (IAHF) and left after apparently Tony Herrera and Art Jimenez, 2 friends they recommended to sponsor an IAHF fundraiser, produced nothing for the organization.  Herrera and Jimenez left the IAHF holding the bag for event expenses they never paid and the event never raised a dime for the IAHF. Sammy and Danny were among the hosts of a recent fundraising event for mayoral candidate Burdick.

It is evident that Sammy and I are running very different campaigns. Sammy is relying on contributions from special interest groups and is using consultants to run his campaign. The email contact provided on Sammy’s campaign report is ben@brightphxaz.com , Benjamin Scheel, a consultant Sammy hired…it’s not Sammy’s email address.  Sammy appears to have very little involvement in his own campaign.

 I am relying on contributions from people like you. My petition signatures were collected by myself and Glendale volunteers. Sammy paid a company nearly $3,000 to collect his signatures. We verified my petition signatures and Sammy’s petition signatures ourselves. Sammy paid a legal firm over $1,700 to do the very same.

Sammy may have $14,000 left to spend on his campaign, twice the amount I have received to date. The contributions I have received will be spent efficiently and effectively. Sammy seems to have spent his money unwisely. However, the major difference is that it is clear that Sammy no longer enjoys the support of Yucca district residents. On August 30, 2016, at Glendale’s Primary Election, I ask for your vote. It’s time to restore honesty and integrity to the Yucca city council seat and to “get your voice back.”

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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