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It has been 18 years and 84 days since the city’s pledge to build the West Branch Library.

March 9, 2016 I picked up a nominating petition packet and established a political

Joyce and City Clerk Pam Hanna in her office

Joyce and City Clerk Pam Hanna in her office

committee called “Clark for Council.” Let me tell you how things work at city hall.  Whether you go to the clerk’s office or file online for an Information Request about a council member or something about the city, the minute you leave the office or file online councilmembers and/or staff members are immediately notified. I left the clerk’s office knowing that council and senior staff was notified that I had formed a political committee and pulled a packet. It’s not the city clerk’s fault. It’s policy that was created many, many years ago.

Visiting any office on city hall’s fourth floor (location of City Clerk’s office, the City Attorney’s office, the Mayor’s office, the City Manager’s office and the Council offices) requires passage through security these days. When you arrive on the fourth floor the security officer calls the department you are seeking to visit. Someone from that department comes to you and escorts you through secured double doors to his or her office. When you leave you are again escorted out through those secured double doors to the fourth floor elevators.

The City Clerk has prepared packets of information for anyone wishing to become a candidate. In it is a large map of the city; a pamphlet on Glendale’s campaign sign regulations; City of

Information provided to every candidate

Information provided to every candidate

Glendale signature requirements (in the Yucca district the minimum number of signatures required is 464 and the maximum is 927); two City Clerk welcome letters; City of Glendale Election Calendar, a CD that includes the County Elections Department manual for candidates; and a blank Political Committee Statement of Organization.

I filled out the Statement of Organization as the City Clerk and Assistant City Clerk offered immediate, relevant information. Both women were helpful and courteous. They did an excellent job of relaying immediate information that a candidate should know. Half an hour later I was done.

Nominating Petition

Nominating Petition

Today, March 10, 2016 I will visit my local bank and establish a campaign bank account and get copies made of the nominating petitions. The City Clerk’s office can make copies for 20 cents a page. Going to a local copy store can get the same job done at a much lower price.

Before and after my excursion I answered more phone calls and emails and got pledges for my first three campaign contributions. It appears I am not the only one excited about running – so are a lot of other people, in and out of my district. I even received an unsolicited campaign pledge from a friend in California who reads this blog faithfully. Lesson learned. You don’t have to live in the Yucca district or even in Glendale for that matter, to contribute to my campaign. I hope readers who don’t live here but have followed me faithfully for the past three years will consider making a campaign donation as well.

The campaign mechanics have begun.  It is exciting and somewhat busy. It promises to become very busy shortly when we begin walking for nominating petition signatures. Thanks for following me on this journey. Together I will be reminded and you will learn just what goes into running a local campaign.

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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This afternoon I will be visiting the City Clerk’s office at Glendale City Hall for the purpose of picking up a nominating petition packet and establishing a political committee. Yes, I have decided to run for the Yucca district councilmember seat.

I took my time to really think about it. I weighed the pros and cons. I talked to family and friends and asked for their unvarnished opinions. Since Norma Alvarez’ Letter to Editor was published I have been inundated with positive phone calls and emails. My former constituents want me to run. They want to “get their voice back.”

Why am I running? For fame and glory? Hardly. Being a councilmember is time consuming. There are not just the Tuesdays one gives up for council meetings and workshops. There are weekends doing “homework” after council books are delivered. There are small meetings with neighborhood groups. There are the countless phone calls to solve a constituent problem, to listen to a constituent concern or to hear a constituent opinion. There are local functions and regional meetings representing the leadership of our community. It’s a thankless job where more often than not, complaints rather than compliments prevail.

I can and will be the voice of my constituency. I can and will resume holding district meetings. I can and will send out district newsletters. I can and will be available by phone, email and in person to listen to constituents. I can and will use my abilities to make the best decisions possible for all of Glendale. I can and will seek innovative ways to deliver the best possible services to all the people of Glendale.

Sammy has failed to do all of those things. Sammy has failed to reach out to and to listen to his constituents. Sammy has failed to have district meetings and in his term had only one, in early 2013. Sammy has never sent out a district newsletter instead relying on his e-newsletter written by staff. Sammy has not been available and has often canceled scheduled meetings with Glendale residents. Sammy has taken to participating at council meetings telephonically. Sammy has done nothing at council meetings other than to thank everyone.

Perhaps more importantly Sammy has squandered taxpayer dollars with trips that did not serve the interests of Glendale such as going to D.C. to see the Pope or to witness his buddy’s induction into Congress. Sammy has squandered taxpayer dollars by financially supporting Glendale festivals that failed such as $8,000 of taxpayer money for a Watermelon Festival and      $2,500 of taxpayer money at a festival that promoted political candidates of just one political party. Sammy has squandered taxpayer dollars by picking up the tab for lavish meals such as a $420 dinner in D.C. for his boss, the Phoenix Fire Chief, and others including her husband. Sammy appears to be using his position as a councilmember who voted for supporting the casino to obtain a job at this casino from the Tohono O’odham. Sammy has not only failed to serve his constituency but he has also failed to work in the best interests of our entire community.

I have done the job before. I know that I can be effective and responsive. We may not agree on every issue but on those issues where we do not agree I will listen respectfully. I am ready and willing to serve my community again.

Here is the Press Release issued today:

Press Release Mar 2016

As I run you can expect blogs on how and what one does when one runs for a local office. I suspect that you will learn things that you did not know or never considered. I do know one thing. I cannot take this journey without your support. You answered the call when I asked that you share your opinion about my running but there is more to be done. I need your support. I need your help in collecting nominating petition signatures. Can you canvass your neighborhood for me? If you cannot walk, can you make calls? Can you help to prepare political mailings? Can you host a get together at your home so that I might answer questions posed by you and your neighbors? Can you plant a yard sign in front of your home? Lastly, can you contribute to my campaign? Even $5 will help. Many small contributions do add up.

Let the race begin and let’s “get your voice back.”

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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It has been 18 years and 77 days since the city’s pledge to build the West Branch Library.

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This newspaper clipping is an old headline from 2000 when I won an election for my council seat. In that election I was the only elected official in the state to run as a write-in against an incumbent and to win.

Imagine my surprise last week when I received a call from the Star editor, Carolyn Dryer, telling me she had received a Letter to the Editor from former Councilmember Norma Alvarez who represented the Ocotillo district. She told me Alvarez has publicly asked me to consider running for the Yucca district council seat. Here is the link to the Alvarez letter: http://www.glendalestar.com/opinion/article_93660af6-e088-11e5-8fca-07da10ddf430.html . Here is my response to Dryer’s question asking me if I intended to run: http://www.glendalestar.com/news/article_a08de88c-df3b-11e5-9b98-8749566839f1.html .

I have been asked repeatedly by my former constituents of the district since 2013 to do so. The reasons they offer are various. They would express their appreciation of my accessibility, my problem solving of their complaints and my representation of their voice. For years I had resisted even consideration of their pleas. But no longer.

They have also expressed their frustration and disappointment in their current representative. He is inaccessible. In fact, he is often AWOL. They cite his flip-flopping on issues and the exorbitant amount of money he has spent on travel, especially on trips that they contend are not city business.

I will spend the next week picking up the phone and talking to Norma to listen to her reasons as to why I should run again. I will also talk to my family and close friends to hear their thoughts on the subject. It is not a decision to be made lightly for it requires a major time commitment. It requires councilmembers (such as I was) to spend weekends “doing their homework” as council material for consideration and discussion at workshops and meetings is usually provided on Friday afternoons. I have the stamina and the intellect but do I have your support?

I would like to hear from you – readers of my blog, many of whom live either in the Yucca district or live in Glendale. The answer I seek is not only do you think I should run but are you willing to give of your time and talents in my campaign? I cannot take on a major commitment such as this without your support. You may contact me at: clarkjv@aol.com or leave a comment on this blog. Obviously your email response will remain private but any comment you leave on this blog will be instantly public.

Here is an excerpt of an email I received this morning in response to Norma’s call for my running for the Yucca district council seat. “I read the article about you in the Glendale Star and I also read Norma’s editorial, endorsing you! I say YES, go for it!! The Yucca and Glendale residents deserve a councilmember like you who cares about the community.”

This much I promise. I will seriously think about it. I will talk to others. I will wait to hear from you. After that, I will make a decision and publish it on this blog. So the question is: Will Clark do it again?

© Joyce Clark, 2016

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