and Mayor Keno Hawker, shown with Councilmember Claudia Walters, on their right, participate in a forum sponsored by East Valley Interfaith last week.Both are running for mayor in the March 9 election.
Mayor Keno Hawker and his
challenger, Teresa Brice-Heames
, have been making the campaign rounds throughout Mesa
in the weeks leading up to the election.
Mayor Hawker is completing his
first term as mayor of Mesa
.He served previously as a city councilmember from 1986 until 1994 and from 1998 to 2000, and as vice mayor from 1990 until 1992.He has said he enjoys tackling financial issues and serves in various capacities on the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council, the Williams Gateway Airport Authority, Valley Metro Rail and the Regional Public Transportation Authority.Ms. Brice-Heames is a Mesa attorney who was active in the founding of Housing for Mesa, a non-profit grassroots organization that teaches low-income families how to build assets and work toward home ownership.She
has been actively involved in several community projects, and was named Mesa
's Woman of the year in 1999.
supports the use of the card, saying it can be very helpful to individuals in Mesa
l East Valley Interfaith asked the candidates whether they would support examining a program that several other cities have adopted called "Ensure to Insure," requiring that anyone who contracts to do work for the city must provide health insurance benefits for his
Mayor Hawker: He
would agree only to study the program.Ms. Brice-Heames
would agree to study it, but was concerned that adoption of such a program could impair her
goal of increasing the city's contracts with minority and women-owned businesses.
l Do you support an official day labor center as a means of providing a safe location for people to negotiate for available jobs?
Mayor Hawker: No. "The United States is a sovereign nation with the right to establish an immigration policy," he
A day labor center condones people who break the law and come to work here illegally, he
said.He wants to work with the U.S. and Mexican governments to establish a safe, orderly process for people to come to the area to work in the available jobs and then return home with their salary to prosper, he said.Ms. Brice-Heames
: Yes."What many people don't understand is that 20-40 percent of the day labor are legal residents with some sort of documentation or work permit," she
: "My personal experience with HOAs has been limited, but I think they are well-intentioned tools that can be misused very easily," she
has seen instances where the groups tend to micromanage and overstep their authority, so she
encourages neighbors to lobby for neighborhood organizations over homeowners' associations.
"The emphasis is getting to know your neighbors and to work with them, instead of imposing rules upon them," she
l What do you think is the biggest issue facing Mesa
this election year?
Mayor Hawker: "We have accomplished a vision for the city and developed a land-use masterplan - but now we need to go through and figure out financially how to do it," he
: "There have been budget shortfalls for the past two years in a row," she
: "If Mesa
residents are ready for leadership that is proactive, someone who's ready to go out and recruit the kinds of jobs that we want in the community, instead of waiting on the market to provide them, and they want vision that's leadership-driven, not market-driven, then they should vote for me," she
For more on Mayor Hawker, his
campaign and his
stance on other issues, visit www.kenohawker.comFor more information on Ms. Brice-Heames, her campaign and her stance on other issues, visit www.tbh4mayor.com