Waiting seven years for Phoenix residents to vote in a City Council election could be only one of the unintended consequences of HB 2826. Before Scottsdale moved their elections from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years, we had four Republicans and three Democrats on our City Council. Now, with elections being held in even number years, as this bill mandates, all seven members are Republicans.
Hmmm! Limited government, “tea party” Republicans, along with the Goldwater Institute, decided that more government is better when it comes to local elections. Another power grab by extreme Republicans?
Listen to what PR consultant Chip Scutari had to say on the subject when we appeared together to discuss election consolidation on CH-12′s Sunday Square Off this past weekend.
You can watch the show by clicking the link below.
“The reality is that the Goldwater Institute and other Republican groups aimed this legislation at Phoenix and Tucson, to get them to even numbered years so there would be higher turn out so Republicans can win.”
Also, take a look at the stats below that Scottsdale City Councilman Bob Littlefield (R) provided to me that shows the results of Scottsdale’s elections since making the conversion to even numbered years.
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Bio: Paula Pennypacker has been a conservative and independent political activist since 1990. She is the founder and president of Scottsdale-based Just for Redheads Beauty Products.
A registered Republican, Paula is neither an ideologue nor a zealot. She is a broad-minded independent thinker with conservative economic beliefs and practical political ideas. She is interested in uniting, not dividing.
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Paula was a popular political radio show host and a Republican candidate for mayor before relocating her business to Arizona in 1998. She lives in Scottsdale with her husband and 12-year-old son.
Paula’s personal and political motto -- "Only those who dare!" -- epitomizes the way she lives her life and conducts herself politically. She is not afraid to stand up to established or entrenched views and interests, even in her own party.
Her signature political issues are ending the war on drugs, ending welfare as we know it, tax and immigration reform, and weeding out waste and corruption in government.
She recently finished third in the 2010 primary election for state representative in District 8.