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03.16.12

Special thanks to the 10,105 people who voted for me in the 2014 election.

06/01/2016 Consolidating With Mayor Lane Not Competing Against Him Best Way Forward For Scottsdale
  
As I organized my 2,402 signatures to become a candidate for Mayor of Scottsdale, the motivation for my running revealed itself: A year ago, I stated if Bob Littlefield decided to run for mayor I would run against him. And I believe neighbors and developers need guidance leading to compromise and win-win compatibility. In essence, I want to keep Scottsdale moving forwards, not backwards. 
 
I have been a community leader advocating for citizens for decades. I've confronted problems regarding many city-wide issues while achieving solutions. Despite strong opposition from special interests, I have remained a constant force in Scottsdale. I have a proven track record. I do what is right. I am not controlled by special interests. With my experience, I believe I’m an excellent candidate for public service. But upon reflection, now is not the right time.
 
Mayor Lane and I have had recent meetings regarding concerns of many citizens. He’s agreed to work with me on these issues. I’ve found Mayor Lane and I are in alignment on most issues. I have come to realize we have a good person who’s been a good mayor. Therefore, the common sense thing to do is to consolidate with Mayor Lane and eliminate a primary election, saving taxpayers money. It is our belief an alignment of support presents a clear choice for voters.
  
I’ve observed Bob Littlefield for many years as a councilmember, and in this election. He’s the kind of politician that is whatever he needs to be at the time. Contrary to his rhetoric it’s all about him, not about you. I believe his election as mayor would be devastating to our community financially and ethically. I believe the Littlefields are in politics for the wrong reasons and self-serving endeavors.
 
The economic vitality throughout our city, especially in downtown where I live and work, is remarkable. The new jobs, residents and restaurants are part of a thriving scene and notably our bar district has shaped up. Thanks to Mayor Lane’s business acumen and leadership, downtown Scottsdale is an Arizona success story, providing big revenues for public safety, parks, preservation, arts and other quality of life elements that set Scottsdale apart. We’ve also agreed to work together on other complex issues facing our city.
 
When I’ve disagreed with Mayor Lane over the years, especially on the entertainment district downtown, Lane responded pro-actively and with integrity to improve matters. Littlefield? He didn’t give me the time of day and misstated facts about my positions.
 
I believe Lane will continue to listen, lead and solve problems. Littlefield? I believe his constant uncompromising position of “NO,” as well as his whining and barking, has achieved little to nothing. 
 
If Littlefield wins, I fear the ethical quagmire he would brand Scottsdale as perhaps the first city in Arizona to ever have a husband and wife serving at the same time on the city council, creating legal and conflict of interest problems, embarrassing our city. 
 
Right now, the hottest musical in the land is “Hamilton", based on the life of Alexander Hamilton. One scene recounts how Hamilton, often profoundly disagreeing with Thomas Jefferson, still sided with Jefferson as he ran for president because his opponent, Aaron Burr, stood for little besides his own ambition. 
 
My disagreements with Mayor Lane are far fewer than Hamilton’s with Burr, but the rationale is similar: Principled leader (Lane) versus the ultimate politician (Littlefield). The latter was for big buildings in downtown before he was against them. The latter was for the Desert Discovery Center before he was against it. The latter says he is for citizen’s rights but then took them away in a spectacular fashion. 
 
While I will not be running for mayor, I will never stop fighting for neighborhoods, small business and what makes Scottsdale a great city. But in this election the best way to do that is returning Jim Lane to office for a final term so he can continue his commitment to reforms and results that will keep Scottsdale headed in the right direction. This decision will never stop me from being your voice. I am getting nothing for this decision other than knowing it is the right thing to do, as I always do. Thank you to all who have supported me in this endeavor.
 
Sincerely,
 
Bill Crawford
 
 
 
 

Arizona Republic 05/2016:

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale-contributor/2016/05/05/my-turn-scottsdale-mayoral-candidate-between-2-extremes/83937794/

Scottsdale is at a crossroads between overdevelopment and zero growth. I present a path of reason between two radically opposed candidates. The stakes are high. It is time to serve the people. We have experienced twelve years of Jim Lane and twelve years of Bob Littlefield. The citizens deserve another choice. I will research and implement fact-based fair and reasonable decisions free from influence. I have a proven track record, I do what is right and I am not controlled by special interests. I champion for the residents of our great city.    

For two decades I have advocated for citizens and responded to residents. My commitment to Scottsdale is evidenced by my actions. My business experience, law enforcement training and dedication to community service uniquely qualify me to serve. Despite strong opposition from special interests, I remain a constant force in the community.

MY BIO:  I am a downtown Scottsdale resident and have owned and operated my business downtown with my wife Debbie since 1997. As a 39 year business owner and a leader in the fitness industry, I was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2012 and elected to chair the board in 2015 and 2016. This year I worked with U.S. Surgeon General, Regina Benjamin, promoting her “Step It Up” national fitness program.

I have invested valuable time in community service including the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse mounted search and rescue and armed dignitary protection assignments since 2007. I was elected posse president and commander in 2014 and 2015. As founder and president of the Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale’s Quality of Life, I advocated for downtown residents, neighborhoods and businesses, solving problems in the entertainment district. My volunteerism also includes StarShine Academy, Scottsdale Symphony, Olive View Manor HOA, Council Districts for Scottsdale, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the U.S. Navy, search and rescue teams, fire fighting, chambers of commerce and multiple boards and committees.

As a community leader, l brought awareness to many city-wide issues. My columns, letters and speeches influenced positive action.  I successfully petitioned the city council to appoint a treasurer, advocated for the completion of the preserve and lobbied for more public access. I protected the El Dorado Park neighborhood and Coronado golf course from the proposed Giants facility and highlighted the need to remodel Coronado High School. I supported numerous prized developments including the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center and Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale.

THE COMPETITION: Combined service between Jim Lane and Bob Littlefield is 24 years. I believe Bob Littlefield has squandered his time on the council and accomplished nothing by his constant uncompromising position of “NO”, pandering and preaching demagoguery to those who feel they have been disenfranchised. I believe his actions have been self-serving. In 2014, Bob was termed out, so his wife Kathy won a seat to replace him. If Bob is elected mayor, he gets two votes for his agenda. I believe I have accomplished more for Scottsdale as an involved citizen than Mr. Littlefield has over twelve years on the taxpayer’s payroll.  Mr. Lane, by contrast, has been criticized for his constant “YES” position, approving projects and developments fiercely opposed by residents, neighborhoods and surrounding businesses. We have seen this throughout the city.

THE VOICE OF REASON: The need for my leadership and a common sense pathway between two radical, opposing candidates has never been greater. My logical approach to resolutions will put the concerns of residents in first position mitigating detrimental impacts. Protecting quality of life is mission number one. Promoting economic vitality that honors Scottsdale’s heritage is critical to our survival. I will build a strong future with reasonable compatible growth. The primary responsibility of municipal government is to provide public safety and protect quality of life for the people who have chosen to make Scottsdale their home. Elect a known factor; my actions speak louder than the empty promises of the opposing candidates.

Here are some 2016 Press Links in regards to my candidacy for Mayor of Scottsdale:

Scottsdale Independent Article Feb 03, 2016, Crawford files papers to enter the 2016 Scottsdale Mayoral Race

Is Downtown Scottsdale a better fit for the Desert Discovery Center?

Scottsdale, AZ – Feb. 2016- Bill Crawford is a downtown Scottsdale resident and has owned and operated his business in downtown with his wife Debbie since 1997. Bill has been a leader in the fitness industry and has had the privilege of owning his own business for over 39 years. In 2012, Bill was inducted in the National Fitness Hall of Fame for his lifetime contributions to health and fitness. He was elected to chair the board of the NFHOF in 2015 and 2016. Bill has always invested valuable time in community service including the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse, the Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale’s Quality of Life, StarShine Academy, Scottsdale Symphony, Olive View Manor HOA, Council Districts for Scottsdale, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the U.S. Navy, search and rescue teams, volunteer fire fighting, chambers of commerce and multiple boards and committees. Bill has been a volunteer with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse on mounted search and rescue missions and armed dignitary protection assignments since 2007. He served as president of the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse of McDowell Mountain in 2013-2015 and he is a currently a Commander in the Posse. As founder and past president of the Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale’s Quality of Life, Bill advocated for downtown residents, neighborhoods and businesses and was successful in solving problems and forging compatibility in the entertainment district. As a community leader, Bill has brought awareness to many Scottsdale issues. His many columns, letters and speeches influenced action which resulted in change and progress.  Bill successfully petitioned the council for the appointment of a city treasurer, advocated for the completion of the Preserve and successfully lobbied for more public access through new trail heads, helped to protect the El Dorado Park neighborhood and Coronado golf course from the proposed Giants baseball training facility and brought attention to the need to remodel Coronado High School. He supported numerous prized developments including the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center and Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale. Bill has been a constant in discussions concerning city-wide issues since 1997 and continues to be pro-active in community affairs. Bill has been a powerful voice to ensure citizens have a voice to protect and preserve their quality of life and to promote economic vitality that honors Scottsdale's heritage and builds a strong future.

 

 

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VOICE OF SCOTTSDALE ALERT

Feb. 02, 2016

Crawford Will Be a Wildcard in Contest

For those who like things "3-ways," like chili, for instance … there's now a 3-way race for mayor that's going to be hot and spicy.

Perennial candidate and personal trainer Bill Crawford has officially created an exploratory committee that's the first step in pitting himself against incumbent Jim Lane and challenger Bob Littlefield.  This is familiar ground for Mayor Lane. In 2012 he ran for re-election against two candidates who split the vote, allowing him to avoid a run-off election and win a second term.

This isn't Crawford's first rodeo.  He ran unsuccessfully for the City Council two years ago.  But he made his name and reputation going toe-to-toe with the bar and club owners in the Entertainment District.  Crawford battled against the loud music, street fights and dangerous traffic conditions.  He won some, lost some … but never knuckled under to the considerable political pressure from those who fought him tooth and nail every step of the way.  

 

Today, the downtown dust-up has simmered down and the bar owners and their neighbors have reached a detente.

More than a year ago Crawford telegraphed his political intentions.  When hearing that Littlefield was considering running for mayor in December of 2014, Crawford said he would enter the race if or when Littlefield made it official.

There's no love lost between Crawford and Littlefield.  In fact it sounds like Crawford isn't running for mayor as much as he is running against Littlefield. 

"I believe Bob represents a party of 'no,'" Crawford told the Scottsdale Independent.  "I have seen Bob stand up against everything, but I can't remember him anytime building consensus."  That's why, according to Crawford, he's motivated to get into the race.

The question on most people's minds: Which of the two candidates will Crawford's candidacy impact the most – Jim Lane or Bob Littlefield?

The answer depends on whom you talk to.  But the real answer may actually depend on how Crawford frames his campaign.

Crawford doesn't have deep support, otherwise by now he would be sitting on the City Council.  He does, however, have somewhat wide support. Crawford's core voting block includes many neighborhoods as well as small businesses – especially in South Scottsdale and the downtown area.  So he straddles parts of the voter bases of both Littlefield and Lane.

While he has been hostile toward Littlefield, Crawford isn't enamored with Lane, either. Taking a page out of Littlefield's playbook, he is critical about Lane's role in helping create the inundation of apartments and condos and developing the public-private partnership to move the Desert Discovery Center concept forward.

Nonetheless, Crawford isn't shy about skewering Littlefield: "The latest stunt (running for mayor) is the most egregious attempt yet by Bob to further his own personal agenda regardless of what's best for Scottsdale citizens."

So, if Crawford, a colorful campaigner, continues targeting Littlefield during the course of the campaign, does it mean he will "steal" votes that would otherwise go to Littlefield?  Or will he attract "anti-Littlefield" votes that would have originally gone to Lane? Or maybe a little bit of both?

No matter how you cut it … Bill Crawford will be the wildcard who creates political havoc for Jim Lane and Bob Littlefield.

 

Watch the 2016 Downtown Scottsdale 2.0 Overview plan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6triP-Ge21k

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WATCH CANDIDATE FORUM FILMED AT SCOTTSDALE KIVA ON JULY 10, 2014: Scottsdale City Council Candidate Forum has been posted onlinehttp://scottsdale.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=46&clip_id=6004
 

Arizona Republic Article 04-21-14:

Downtown business owner Bill Crawford's 2014 Scottsdale City Council Anouncement:

Crawford, a fitness trainer and owner of Basic Training, is president of the Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale's Quality of Life, a group that has fought against noise and other issues related to Scottsdale's bar district.

He said many people from the business community encouraged him to run. In addition, he said two incidents caused him to refocus his attention to Scottsdale politics:

• In January 2013, two men were struck by a vehicle while riding in a pedicab downtown. Cody Clark and Mike Tysver, both of Great Bend, Kan., suffered severe injuries but survived. The victims and Clark's parents have sued Scottsdale, claiming the city was grossly negligent by allowing pedicabs to operate without any restrictions.

• On April 11, a pedestrian who was trying to cross Camelback Road near Saddlebag Trail was hit by a car. Matthew Tilton, 21, of Scottsdale, died of his injuries six days later.

Crawford, whose daughter was involved in a recent car accident, said he had warned city officials about pedicabs and the need for a crosswalk on Camelback Road.

"There are three lives I feel, if I had been successful in my endeavors, I probably could have saved," Crawford said.

He added, "I just can't sit here and be a part of this community without being an active participant."

Crawford, who was inducted into the 2012 National Fitness Hall of Fame, is president of Maricopa County Sheriff's Office McDowell Mountain Mounted Search and Rescue, and is a commander with the Sheriff's Posse.

Three seats are opening on the seven-member council. To be on the ballot, candidates must file nomination papers with signatures and other forms with the Scottsdale City Clerk's Office by 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 28.

Scottsdale's primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 26, and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Ten people have filed papers for Scottsdale council. The seats of council members Bob Littlefield, Linda Milhaven and Dennis Robbins expire in early 2015.

Milhaven and Robbins are seeking re-election. The other contenders are Michael Auerbach, Cindy Hill, Kathy Littlefield, Jennifer Petersen, David Smith and Gregory Weisman. Jose Penalosa also filed papers but said he plans to run for the congressional seat held by retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor. As of April 21, Penalosa had yet to file a termination statement with Scottsdale.

Scottsdale 2012 Voter's Guide Bio:

It’s time to elect Bill Crawford. My actions speak louder than campaign promises. My accomplishments indicate what to expect when elected.  

I have invested valuable time in community and volunteer service:

  •           President and commander of the Sheriff’s McDowell Mountain Mounted Search and Rescue Posse.
  •           National Fitness Hall of Fame inductee.
  •           President of the Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale’s Quality of Life.
  •           The driving force behind compatibility and public safety in the bar district resulting in many improvements.      
  •           Increased law enforcement in Downtown Scottsdale.  
  •           President of my Home Owner’s Association.
  •           Starshine Academy Lareate Sowie Award Recipient.
  •           Developer of Gym-To-Go for U.S. Navy submarine personnel. 
  •           Served on the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team and Fire Department.
  •           Served on multiple boards and committees including the U.S. Olympic Committee, Scottsdale Symphony.
  •           Former Chamber of Commerce board member.

Living downtown and operating our downtown business for 17 years has provided my wife and I with a valuable Scottsdale perspective and insight. I have 37 years of experience as an entrepreneur and employer in the private sector. My training in business, law enforcement and emergency services uniquely qualifies me to protect neighborhoods and promote business. I support job growth and quality compatible development. I advocate for education, the preserve, tourism, healthcare, revitalization, arts, fitness and equestrian. I have the knowledge, experience and leadership skills to forge harmony with Scottsdale’s diversity.

My autonomous civic involvement championed the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center, the appointment of a city treasurer pursuant to the charter, the Coronado High School remodel and many valuable city-wide commercial developments.

When you elect me to serve I will protect and preserve Scottsdale’s quality of life and promote economic vitality suitable with our valuable brand.

I do what’s right. I have a proven track record for getting things done. May I please have your vote?

A Powerful Voice for The People.

A Champion the The Citizens.

“Scottsdale is at a crossroads. The need for new leadership and ideas has never been greater. I will protect and preserve the quality of life we deserve and promote economic vitality that honors Scottsdale’s heritage and builds a strong future. I work hard, get things done, do what's right and protect my neighbors.” – Bill Crawford

Honesty and Integrity

Bill is committed to doing what is right for Scottsdale. Bill understands Scottsdale’s issues and is pro-active in enforcing responsible, open, transparent and efficient city government. Bill successfully petitioned the council to appoint a city treasurer pursuant to the Scottsdale City Charter.

Businessman for over 37 years

Bill was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame for his life’s work in health and fitness. Bill and his wife Debbie are downtown residents and have been downtown business owners since 1997. Living downtown and operating his downtown business for 17 years has provided Bill with an insightful perspective on Scottsdale.

Strong Public Safety and Law Enforcement History

Years of volunteer service in the Sheriff’s office, search and rescue teams and firefighting. Bill supports public safety as the number one priority of every municipality. Bill is the president of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office McDowell Mountain Mounted Search and Rescue Posse and a Commander in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Posse. Bill has recieved nurmerous awards and decorations for his service in the Sheriff's Posse.

Knowledgeable and Experienced Community Leader

Bill has been involved in multiple community issues resulting in action and change. Bill is dedicated. He has invested the time and has a proven track record for getting things done. Scottsdale Republic’s “2011 Who’s Who”…A key personality for solving problems in the entertainment district.

Jason Rose says: " …thanks to the work (of) Bill Crawford and others, less crime (in the Entertainment District)."  Scottsdale Republic May 28, 2014.

Advocate for Neighborhoods and Businesses

Bill has worked on behalf of Scottsdale residents for nearly twenty years. A concerned mediator for the community, Bill is not afraid to confront any issue. He is responsive and proactive towards compatibility issues city-wide. Bill is the founder and president of the Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale’s Quality of Life. Bill and his association have been credited as the driving force behind compatibility and public safety issues between neighborhoods and non-entertainment businesses in the bar district which resulted in improvements in noise control, parking, multiple ordinances and additional law enforcement.

Bill's efforts to save the Eldorado Park neighborhood and the Coronado Golf Course from impending destruction lead to a better location for the Giants Training Center and saved a neighborhood. Bill petitioned the city for public access to Preserve trails and continues to advocate for the completion of the Preserve. Bill supported for the expansion of the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center. Bill has worked on numerous prized commercial developments including our new Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale. Bill has a long track record of protecting neighborhoods and promoting quality business.

Positive City-Wide Vision

Bill is a supporter and advocate for local and new business, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, downtown compatibility, the McDowell Road revitalization, transportation improvements, education, tourism, healthcare, the arts, recreation, the equestrian community and our unique character and lifestyle. Bill will support our diverse citizenry with responsible compatible change that will enhance our quality of life and maintain our valuable 60 year brand.

The choice is clear. Involvement! Bill Crawford leads by example, not promises. Bill’s actions and accomplishments indicate what he will do when he is elected to the Scottsdale City Council.

As a 37 year business owner, Bill has always donated valuable time to community service including the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse, the Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale’s Quality of Life,, mountain rescue, volunteer fire fighting chamber boards and committees, Scottsdale Symphony, Starshine Academy, Council Districts for Scottsdalethe US Navythe U.S. Olympic Committee and more.

Bill has been a constant in discussions concerning multiple Scottsdale issues since 1997, and continues to be pro-active in community affairs.

Bill’s actions bring results. Bill doesn’t just offer criticism, he offers solutions.

From Bill: Greetings friends, neighbors and businesses,

As a community leader and a powerful voice who has been engaged restoring quality of life in and around the bar district, I am honored to be a champion for citizens.  I will continue to protect residents and businesses from undesirable consequences of incompatible zoning and conditional use permits I am on the right side of critical issues regarding residents, property values, businesses and jobs city wide.

WHO I AM

Scottsdale is a very special place for me. It’s where my wife, Debbie, and I have lived and worked happily for over 17 years. But the need for new leadership and ideas has never been more apparent than now as Scottsdale must work to preserve its quality of life and to embrace change. While some believe this will be difficult, I believe it’s imperative we support our diverse citizenry with responsible change that actually enhances quality of life. This is why I’m running for Scottsdale City Council and asking for your vote.

For 37 years, I’ve had the privilege to own and operate my own fitness business. Recently, I was humbled by induction into the National Fitness Hall of Fame for my lifelong contribution to health and fitness. My passion for fitness is equal only by my desire to give back to community. I have served on The U.S. Olympic Committe, the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team, a volunteer fire department and multiple civic organizations. I volunteer with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse on mounted search and rescue missions and armed dignitary protection assignments. 

Over the past year, as founder and president of The Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale’s Quality of Life, I have advocated for downtown neighborhood residents and businesses, resulting in improvements to parking, lighting, noise and littering ordinances and an increase in law enforcement oversight. My work is not finished, and I need your help build a better downtown Scottsdale.

Your vote to seat me on city council is extremely important to ensure citizens have a voice to protect and preserve their quality of life and to promote economic vitality that honors Scottsdale’s heritage and builds a strong future. I am always committed to doing what’s right for our city.

WHAT I STAND FOR:

  • Character. Honesty, integrity, conviction, justice, charity, volunteerism and open government.
  • Public Safety. History in law enforcement, search and rescue and fire fighting.
  • Quality of Life. Advocate of fitness, equestrian and The McDowell Mountain Preserve.
  • Business. 35 year business owner. Supporter of tourism, arts and employement opportunities.
  • Development. Advocate of quality compatible growth enhancing quality of life.

As a longtime community leader, I have brought awareness to many Scottsdale issues city wide. Over the years I have written more published My Turn columns on Scottsdale issues than anyone. I have influenced action and change from the appointment of a city treasurer to the McDowell Mountain Preserve and the equestrian center. I am a powerful voice for residents and businesses. Downtown, in less than one year as an outsider to city government, I have accomplished much:

  • New ordinances aimed at protecting the quality of life we deserve.
  • Increased parking, permit parking, reduced parking in residential neighborhoods.
  • Improved anti-littering ordinance.
  • Strengthened anti-urination and defecation ordinance.
  • Increased law enforcement and additional lighting.
  • Institution of a noise ordinance, which still needs to be strengthened.

I can accomplish even more with your vote. My presence on city council is vital to protect and preserve Scottsdale’s quality of life and promote business compatible with Scottsdale’s valuable brand. This is a serious campaign and the stakes are high for Scottsdale. You can help me with my effort. I have invested the time, dedication and I have the proven track record for getting things done. Your vote is crucial.  Visit my Website to learn more. May I please have your vote!

Thank you for your consideration and support.

Bill Crawford

Scottsdale City Council Candidate 2014

 

Check this out!

 

View Bill's Speeches on various issues on YouTube Bill Crawford:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyUTZcsTuhMvAT8bT66c_Gw

 

View campaign related photographs on facebook page: Vote Bill Crawford: 

http://www.facebook.com/VoteBillCrawford

 

View YouTube Videos and news reports on the Scottsdale Bar District site; ScottsdaleBarWars:

http://www.youtube.com/user/scottsdalebarwars?feature=results_main

 

VIew Photographic Albums on the Scottsdale Bar District facebook site:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scottsdale-Bar-District/249507405080670