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4 April 21 – May 4, 2012

Candidates file for open council, mayoral seats

At least nine area residents are considering a run for the

three open Chandler City Council seats that will go before a public vote this fall.

Incumbents Rick Heumann and Jack Sellers are seeking a

second four-year term, but Matt Orlando of Spyglass Bay will be leaving the Council as his term expires. At press time, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny is the lone candidate for

Nora Ellen

reelection for another two-year mayoral term. Other council candidates include Chandler business owner

and neighborhood commissioner Nora Ellen, who says she has actively served the community for more than a decade as a commissioner on the city’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee and as part of the Mayor’s 4-Corner Initiative to revitalize older intersections. A member of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Ellen served as co-chair of the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee and is a sponsor for the Chandler Chamber Women’s Council. She says her “top priority on Council will be to bring jobs to Chandler and develop a better system for connecting available jobs with those looking.” For information, contact Ellen at 480-496-7114 or Others who have filed petitions so far include Joseph Curbelo, John Wolfe, Samuel Huang, Terry Roe, Scott Taylor and Kevin Kane. Except for Wolfe, all statements of organizations are on posted on the City of Chandler elections page under Campaign Finance, according to City Clerk Marla Paddock. She says the last day to file petitions and required paperwork is 5 p.m. Wed., May 30

to have their name printed on the Aug. 28 primary ballot. A minimum of 1,000 valid signatures from qualified Chandler electors is required. Voter registration for the primary election will close on July 30, and on Oct. 8 for

the general election. According to the City’s website, the term of the office of mayor is two years and is

limited to four consecutive terms. The term of the office of councilmember is four years and is limited to two consecutive terms. Candidate elections are held in the even numbered years. Each election year, the position of mayor and three positions for city council are up for election. The annual salary for the position of mayor is $36,810, and for councilmembers including vice mayor, is $20,450. For more election information, contact City Clerk Marla Paddock at 480-782-2180.


An intergovernmental agreement with the City of Chandler and Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) adds four school resource officers and three school safety officers. The agreement also sends two school resource officers to the Kyrene Elementary School District.

In other Chandler City Council

news, a project agreement goes to Dibble Engineering for the design of a new Airport Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) for no more than $71,509. The new upgraded system, which replaces the current AWOS installed in 1991, has digital, instantaneous wind speed, temperature and dew point indicators along with a real-time precipitation gauge and lightening detector, which the existing system does not have. This project is fully funded with a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. A one-year extension of a use permit

was granted for Vien Minh Buddhist Temple, to allow a place of worship in a single-family home located at 285 N. Comanche Dr., west of Alma School Road and north of Chandler Boulevard. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny recognized

several organizations and presented proclamations for the following: Boys and

Council adds officers to CUSD, awards weather system

Girls Club Week (Compadre Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley); Holocaust Remembrance Day (East Valley Jewish Community Center); Fair Housing Month (Chandler Neighborhood Resources and Newtown); National Volunteer Appreciation Week: April 15 to 21 (Chandler Nonprofit Coalition); Child Abuse Prevention Month (Chandler Police Department Victim Services); Arbor Day (Chandler Recreation Division & the Environmental Education Center); and Sunshine Review “Sunny” Award (Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department and Information Technology Division). The recent graduates of the City’s HOA and Traditional Neighborhoods academies were also recognized for completing the program. Council meetings are aired live

as well as replayed on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the web at For a complete list of actions taken, visit For past City Council meeting minutes visit, or contact the City Clerk’s office at 480-782-2180. For any other information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 480-782-2220.

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