Jay’s note: I’ve invited virtually every candidate running for Gilbert Town Council and Gilbert Mayor to guest author here. William Jefferson is the third to respond (see all Gilbert Mayor/Council guest posts here). The Gilbert primaries are March 10. Please, get out and vote! Local elected officials have far more influence over your daily life than anyone in Washington, yet historically voter turnout for these elections is abysmal.
Gilbert is our town, we all love her. However, I want us to respect her.
As any woman knows, there are those who will tell you anything you want to hear and smile at you with broken promises.
Throughout your life, more than one silver tongue will overcome your solid reasoning. I am a thinker and a doer, a soldier for the people not to be mistaken for a bleeding heart. I am a conservative Republican that believes in man’s ability to rise to any occasion when provided with incentives.
Our town not only needs individuals who are good with facts and figures (business people). Gilbert needs individuals who recognize that any fact or figure can be manipulated. Gilbert needs persons who have the intelligence, the training and experience to ask the questions that you would ask, to scrutinize answers as you would scrutinize them and to make quick decisions for the greatest good.
Our town needs persons who have the greatest amount of experience working successfully with the greatest percentage of our highly diverse community. I possess those qualities and have shown them, unfailingly, in my leadership in many different groups, for over a quarter of a century. For several years, I have been on the board of the Gilbert Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and have shown my respect for our officers by attending numerous functions including the candle light ceremony for fallen Gilbert Officer Rob Targosz ; I have been a board member of the Gilbert Human Relations Commission now the HRCA&P. I have been a primary planner and presenter of events for groups from fifty to one thousand persons since becoming a member of an internationally recognized fraternity in my early 20’s. As a member of the Gilbert Elks, I chaired and was a primary planner and presenter of our sunrise Salute to the fallen soldiers’ memorial on last Fourth of July. My leadership skills and experience are both wide-ranging and diverse.
I am a trained and experienced administrator, clinician, mediator and negotiator with a Masters from the University of Michigan, course work at Harvard, course work and certification from the UCLA School of Law, course work and certification from Rice University School of Business Administration and extensive training and experience as a mediator through the court systems.
I have lived in Gilbert and raised two sons for almost 20 years (13 as a single parent).
My accomplishments are unsurpassed. I am the only candidate that has been professionally trained to bring varying groups together.
As your make your selection for Gilbert Town Council, please remember that what someone has done is of greater importance than what one says that will do. We do not have time for more empty promises. Vote for William Jefferson for Council.