I am grateful for the opportunity that I have to contribute to this blog, as well as to run for Gilbert Town Council. This town council race has been an amazing experience. I have had the privilege to meet so many great residents of Gilbert who have taught me so much, and have so many great ideas for how to improve our town. I am excited to continue to work with each of them in the future.
My wife Mandy, myself and our four children are proud to call Gilbert home. We want to help make Gilbert a place that we can be proud of for years to come. This is one of the reasons why we decided that I should run for Gilbert Town Council. We moved to Gilbert because it is a great place to raise a family. It has great neighborhoods, schools, parks and people. However, so many Gilbert residents leave our town to work somewhere else. We need more high wage businesses to come to Gilbert. This will increase our tax base and create a sustainable future for our community.
Last year, Gilbert celebrated its 90th birthday, and our town has a tremendous legacy. Recently, however, we have seen imprudent spending decisions by our elected officials, a proposed tax increase, budget shortfalls and business opportunities pass Gilbert by. This is why I am running. I have the business background that is necessary to help the town understand the hurdles that businesses face, and streamline the processes so that our community is attractive to high wage businesses. I believe strongly in fiscal responsibility, as well as accountability by the Town to its residents. Finally, I know that we need to fund public safety first. This is essential to maintain the safe, attractive community that all Gilbert residents enjoy.
I believe that it is time for the Gilbert Town Council to have a new perspective that will build on Gilbert’s strengths and improve on past mistakes. I am the candidate to help Gilbert transition into the next 90 years. If you have any questions please contact me via my website www.votejordanray.com
Jay’s Note: I have invited all of the candidates running for Gilbert Town Council to publish a guest post here. This should not be construed as an endorsement for any particular candidate. Nor is this in any way connected to my position as a Commissioner on the Town of Gilbert’s Redevelopment Commission. I’m simply providing another venue for all of the candidates to get their message out to the residents of our lovely Town of Gilbert. I do encourage you to vote on May 17, 2011. Our local elected officials can have a tremendous impact on our daily lives, so please vote for the candidates of your choice!