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Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh, Mesa

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OCCUPATION: Attorney – Day Kavanaugh P.C.

  • Member, Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Technology
  • Board Member, National League of Cities
  • Chair, Council Public Safety Committee
  • Member, National League of Cities Board Finance Committee
  • Member, National League of Cities Information Technology and Communications Committee (ITC)
  • Member, Council Economic Development Committee
  • Member, Council Sustainability & Transportation Committee
  • Board Member, Valley Metro Rail
  • Council Representative, West Mesa CDC
  • Chancellor, Arizona Society, Sons of the American Revolution
  • Board Member, Mesa United Way
  • Board Member, Mesa Community College Rose Garden Committee
  • Member, Mesa Community College, Commission on Excellence in Education
  • Member, Arizona Town Hall
  • Member, East Valley Partnership
  • Past President, Child Crisis Center
  • Lector, Church of the Resurrection
  • Former Board Member: National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Mesa Historical Society, Dobson Ranch HOA, A New Leaf, East Valley Senior Services, West Mesa Community Development Corporation, Arizona Museum For Youth Friends, Arizona Museum of Natural History Foundation, Mesa United Way, Mesa Symphony, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Arizona Commission on the Arts and Foundation for People With Disabilities.
  • Former Member, Mesa Downtown Rotary Club
  • Former Board Member, Mesa Arts Center Foundation


  • Partner, Day Kavanaugh P.C., 1990-Present
  • Associate Attorney, Stephens, Watts, Day and Brown, P.C., 1988-1990
  • Attorney and Chief Counsel, Industrial Commission of Arizona, 1984-1988
  • Staff Attorney, Arizona Legislative Council, 1978-1984


  • Member, Workplace Injury Law and Advocacy Group
  • Mesa Symphony Executive Directors’ Community Service Award, 1999
  • Certified Specialist, Workers Compensation, State Bar of Arizona, 1988-Present
  • Member, East Valley Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Arizona, Workers Compensation Section
  • Arizona Arts Advocate of the Year, 2008 by Arizona Citizens for the Arts
  • Member, Palo Verde Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution
  • Member, National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
  • 2008 Cox/East Valley Partnership “Dwight Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award”


  • J.D., Arizona State University College of Law, 1978
  • Honors B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, St. Louis University, 1975,
  • Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu
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Vice Mayor Eric Orsborn, Buckeye

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Eric Orsborn is a native of Arizona.

He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in construction management from Arizona State University.

Orsborn is currently vice president of operations at Arizona Southwest Construction, and previously has been employed in construction and land development and project management.

He and his wife, Tina, have an 11-year old daughter and a 7-year old son.

Orsborn, a graduate of the Buckeye Leadership Academy, is also a member of Fighter Country Partnership, a group that supports the men, women and the mission of Luke Air Force Base.

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Councilmember Everett Sickles, Wickenburg

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Councilmember Everett Sickles has lived in the Wickenburg area since 1965. He and his wife, Patty, owned and operated Sickles Sanitation for 33 years, selling the company in 2014. They are the current owners of Hassayampa Barbecue Company and Fast Mart fuel station and convenience store.

Councilmember Sickles is a graduate of Wickenburg High School and Arizona State University. He holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial technical education and a master of science degree in technology.Sam Crissman is a graduate of Wickenburg High School and served in the United States Air Force, where he was honorably discharged in 1978.

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Councilmember Gary Sherwood, Glendale
Vice Chair

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Councilmember Gary Sherwood was elected in November 2012 to represent Glendale’s Sahuaro District and began his term on January 15, 2013. Sherwood was just appointed as Chair on the Government Services Committee for the council. He was also appointed in January 2015 to serve on the Risk Management and Workers’ Compensation Trust Fund Boards. Outside city hall, Sherwood is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA) and as Vice Chair for the FY 2015 term and as one of five members on the Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors. He also serves as chairman of Valley Metro’s Budget and Finance subcommittee serving the FY 2015 & 2016 terms. Sherwood was reappointed to the Valley Metro RPTA and Metro Board Subcommittee, also serving the FY 2016 term. Councilmember Sherwood is a Certified Ambassador for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) as an active participant. He recently joined Arizona Town Hall and participated in a three day program on Transportation and Arizona where a comprehensive summary report was generated from about 120 participants from around Arizona.

On a national level, Sherwood serves on the National League of Cities Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee in addition to serving on the NLC’s First Tier Subcommittee as Vice Chair. Locally, Councilmember Sherwood is an active member of the Glendale Historical Society and the Glendale Civic Pride Ambassadors. Councilmember Sherwood currently is employed as a marketing director for a restoration/renovation general contractor serving both residential and commercial customers with a focus on the multifamily segment. He serves on many committees for the Arizona Multifamily Association (AMA) in varying capacities. 

Councilmember Sherwood’s previous volunteerism with the City of Glendale includes serving as chair of the Personnel Board, and as chair of the Planning Commission; as an evaluator for From the Heart; a member of Glendale’s Water & Sewer Task Force; and a graduate of both Glendale University and the Glendale Citizens Police Academy. Sherwood has also held leadership roles in such organizations as the YMCA and the Ironwood High School Boosters, and is a 24K Gold Award Donor with United Blood Services.

Councilmember Sherwood holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, emphasis in marketing, and a Master’s degree in Industrial Management, and has a strong background in program development, finance and marketing.

Sherwood is a native of Michigan, and has lived in Glendale since 1979. He and his wife Patrice, an account executive, have one son, Kyle Sherwood, 26, who was named Arizona’s Leading Young Entrepreneur in 2013.

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Councilmember Jack Palladino, El Mirage

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Born and raised in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Councilman Jack Palladino’s commitment to community began over 40 years ago with his service as a medic in the United States Army.  After retiring from active duty, he married his sweetheart, Michele, and went to work for the U.S. Post Office as a letter carrier. Over the course of more than 30 years, Palladino’s hard work and perseverance were recognized and he was promoted to management in a U.S.P.S. Boston facility.  During this time, he also volunteered as a Little League coach and served with the Knights of Columbus.  Shortly after retiring in 2003, Palladino and his wife moved to Arizona where he currently works part time for the Pueblo El Mirage Post Office.  The Palladinos have one son, a nine year-old grandson, and a two year-old granddaughter who also live in the West Valley.  The couple has been married for 45 years.  After attending numerous local City Council meetings and volunteering in the community, Palladino decided to run for El Mirage City Council and was overwhelmingly elected in 2010. Palladino believes that one person can make a difference!

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Councilmember Jenn Daniels, Gilbert

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Jenn Daniels was elected to a four-year term in May 2009.  Jenn has served her community for five years on the board of a non-profit, worked on several state ballot initiatives, volunteers with charitable organizations and takes an active interest in the Gilbert community.

She has a B.A. in Humanities and worked for six years in finance - three in the private sector and three more as the owner of her own small business.

Jenn is active in her church, enjoys reading and outdoor activities, is a precinct committeewoman and loves spending time with her family.  Jenn is married to Eric Daniels and they have three young sons.

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Councilmember Jim McDonald, Avondale

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Councilmember McDonald began his term as a Valley Metro board member in February 2009. He currently serves Avondale as Chair of the Risk Management Trust Fund Board and as Council Ambassador to the Agua Fria Union High School District. McDonald is past Avondale representative to the Citizens Traffic Oversight Committee and past Chair of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

He is an investment consultant with Vanguard Group. Formerly, he worked as a financial advisor with Wells Fargo and a process engineer for semiconductor manufacturing. His professional experience also includes aircraft radar repair for the United States Army and Air Force Reserve.

The Arizona native is involved in his community by participating in church leadership activities. He is married and has two children.

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Vice Mayor Joe Pizzillo, Goodyear

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Joe Pizzillo was elected to his first four year council term in 2009, and through a vote by Council was elected Vice Mayor. His priorities as a Councilmember include ensuring the city’s financial stability, maintaining quality services that are cost-effective, and protecting our neighborhoods by improving public safety.

Pizzillo brings 30 years experience in state and local government budgeting and finance to his seat on the council. Prior to his retirement from the city of Goodyear in 2008, he served as the Budget Manager. Currently, he is an adjunct professor of Accounting and Finance with the University of Phoenix and Estrella Mountain Community College.

Joe serves on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Lending Closet and is an active member of the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce and the White Tanks Rotary Club.

He earned his business degree from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

A Valley resident since 1986, Joe and his wife Vickie live in Goodyear. His son, Nicholas, and his wife, Kristen, have blessed him with a granddaughter named Sophia.

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Vice Mayor Jon Edwards, Peoria

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Jon and his wife Brenda have been married since 1991, and they have lived in Peoria since 2001. The Edwards have three children who have all attended local schools.

Active in the Community

  • Graduated from the Peoria Leadership Institute (fall of 2008)
  • Member of the Fletcher Heights HOA since 2009
  • Elected Precinct Committeeman for Legislative District 4 – Fletcher Heights
  • Completed the Peoria HOA Academy. (January 2010)
  • Member of the Frontier Elementary Site Council since 2010
  • Prior to residence in Peoria, was very involved in community beautification of older neighborhoods in Riverside and Anaheim, CA (1989 – 2001)


  • Elected Vice Mayor by council colleagues in 2015.
  • Elected Mayor Pro-Tem by council colleagues in 2014.
  • Appointed by the Mayor as Chairman of the Peoria Education Committee.
  • Appointed by the Mayor to the Peoria Not-For-Profit Committee.
  • Appointed by the Mayor to the City Council Community Culture Subcommittee.
  • Appointed by the Mayor to the City Council Policy and Appointments Subcommittee.
  • Program/Project manager with the same Computer Service Company for 25 years, responsible for two fortune 500 companies.
  • Strong organization skills.
  • Believes in open communication. A strong focus on keeping citizens informed and involved in important city decisions.
  • Impartial and good listener to all the facts. Research the unknown, and creative when solving city issues.
  • Strong work ethic and a passion for good government.
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Councilmember Kathie Farr, Tolleson

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Kathie Farr was elected as a City Council Member in 1999, and has consistently contributed to developing policies to strengthen the city. She collaborates with other council members to create planning and zoning regulations, develop the annual budget, and assists in bringing forth new economic development initiatives and creating plans to ensure employee retention.

Council Member Farr is very involved in community and professional organizations. She is a member of the National League of Cities, Women in Municipal Government, the Human Development Policy and Advocacy Committee, the Tolleson Woman’s Club, and is the secretary of the Maricopa County Human Service Commission.

Council Member Farr received the Arizona League of Cities Dedicated Involvement Award and many leadership achievement awards from National League of Cities.

As a 31-year resident of Tolleson, Council Member Farr is dedicated to serving the residents of Tolleson. She is the mother of four children and a grandmother to five.

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Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke, Chandler

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Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke has lived in Chandler since 1985. Although he began his tenure on City Council in January of 2011, he also served for a year as an interim Councilmember in 2008. He continues to serve as Lead Pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship in Chandler where he has worked since 1985. Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural biochemistry from University of Missouri, Columbia; and a master’s degree in Theology with Fuller Theological Seminary.

Kevin is involved extensively in the state and Chandler community. He currently serves regionally as the Chairman of the Continuum of Care Regional Committee on Homelessness for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), on the ArizonaSERVES Governor’s task force and the Congressional Committee on Faith and Family. Kevin is also the statewide director of a nonprofit organization, For Our City. For Our City is a collaborative effort of government, business, nonprofit and faith leaders gathered to find solutions for needs in a community.

In Chandler, Kevin volunteers with several organizations. He is the director of For Our City-Chandler. He also serves on the board of the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona (DCFA), helps with American Cancer Society, serves as a member of the Public Policy Committee at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP). He also serves on the Chandler Regional Medical Center Trauma Advisory Council. He is a literacy advocate and reads weekly to 5th and 6th graders at Galveston Elementary School with BookPALS.

In the city of Chandler, his past service had included being a commissioner on the Planning and Zoning Commission, chairman of Human Relations Commission, chairman of the 2010 Complete Count Committee, member of a previous Charter Revision Committee and an ex official member of Chandler Airport Commission.

He has also served on the executive board member of the Chandler Coalition On Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA), coached soccer for the YMCA, organized citywide community volunteer efforts and helped organize and lead Chandler’s first traditional neighborhood association, Arrowhead Meadows.

Kevin has been married to Lynne for more than 30 years. They have four children: Nathan, Aleah, Katelyn and Zachary and two grandchildren, Micah and Madelynn.

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Mayor Mark Mitchell, Tempe

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Mark Mitchell is a third-generation Arizonan with deep roots in the Tempe community. Before being elected Mayor in May, 2012, Mitchell was elected to the City Council in March of 2000 and served three four-year terms.

Mayor Mitchell is a native of Tempe, attending elementary and middle school in the community before graduating from McClintock High School. He also earned a Political Science degree from Arizona State University and has spent a number of years dedicated to a small business here in Tempe. Mitchell is currently the Vice President of this local business, Arizona Flooring and Interiors.

During his time as Mayor, Mitchell has focused on strengthening Tempe’s local economy and the economic recovery by working to attract new businesses and retain current business partners. Since his election in May, 2012, the City of Tempe has added thousands of jobs, and with the addition of such companies like State Farm, Silicon Bank and Union Bank, Tempe is looking forward to welcoming tens of thousands of jobs over the next decade. Mayor Mitchell is also committed to maintaining and improving Tempe’s world-class assets like the Tempe Center for the Arts and Tempe Town Lake, working with law enforcement to ensure that Tempe is made up of safe neighborhoods, and to providing a transparent city government.

As a community member, Mayor Mitchell has served on numerous boards and charitable organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, Tempe Diablos, Tempe Leadership Class XV, Tempe Sister Cities, Tempe Impact Education Foundation, Rio Salado Foundation, Tempe YMCA and the MAG Regional Council Executive Committee. Mitchell is on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and serves as the City of Tempe’s representative on the Maricopa Association of Government’s Regional Council, Regional Council Executive Committee, Transportation Policy and Economic Development Committees. Mayor Mitchell also currently serves as the President of the Executive Committee for the League of Cities and Towns and is involved with the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Mayor Mitchell is continuing his family’s legacy in Arizona politics. His father, Harry Mitchell, was Mayor of Tempe from 1978 to 1994 and served on the City Council for more than 24 years. Harry Mitchell also elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served Congressional District 5 including the City of Tempe from 2007 to 2011. Mayor Mitchell’s great-grandfather, W.W. Mitchell, moved to Tempe in 1945 and served as an Arizona State legislator in the 1940s.  He is married and has two daughters that he is raising in his hometown.

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Councilmember Skip Hall, Surprise

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Skip Hall was elected to the City Council in an April 2008 special election in District 6 (Palo Verde) and re-elected to office in 2009 to a full term. Redistricting placed Skip in the newly-configured District 5, and on August 27, 2013, he was elected to the District 5 seat. He was sworn in on January 1, 2014 to a four-year term and elected Vice Mayor by the City Council on January 14, 2014.

Skip served as Vice Mayor in 2011. He has been part of the united Council effort that helped pull Surprise back to fiscal health in the last two years, generating a budget surplus and placing the city’s fiscal house in order.

Skip’s goals for the city include a 100-year water plan, working with transportation partners to expand east-west connections, developing a local circulator, expanding youth involvement in the community, and attracting new businesses to Surprise.

Skip currently serves on the Mayor’s Business Roundtable Committee, the Form Based Code Sub-committee, and chairs the Water Sub-Committee. Skip also volunteers his time with the St. Mary’s Food Bank at the Surprise location.

Skip is active with the city’s Tourism Commission and in promoting the city to local, regional and national organizations. He is active with the Chamber of Commerce and the AZ TechCelerator to promote business growth.

He grew up in Idaho and received a business degree from Seattle University. Skip is a Vietnam War Veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star for his outstanding service 1969-1970.

Skip has two daughters, a son and five grandchildren.

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Supervisor Steve Gallardo, Maricopa County

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Senator Steve Gallardo was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a fourth generation Arizona native. In 2002, Senator Gallardo was elected to the State House of Representative in a new legislative district covering the southwest valley. In October of 2001, Senator Gallardo was appointed to the Cartwright Elementary School Governing Board to fulfill an unexpired term and then later elected in 2002 and in 2010 for a 4-year term. Senator Gallardo currently serves as the Governing Board President of the Cartwright Elementary School District. In 2004, Senator Gallardo was elected to the Phoenix Union High School Board to the at-large district position and left Phoenix Union to run for the Arizona State Senate.

During his term as State Representative (between 2002 - 2008), Senator Gallardo served as the House Minority Whip. In 2010, he was elected to the Arizona State Senate and in 2013 was selected to be Senator Democratic Whip. As a State Senator, Gallardo provides a bold leadership and strong voice.

Senator Gallardo raised the community alarm on HB2305, the tea party’s misguided attempt at voter suppression. He also was the loudest voice in the legislature against the infamous SB1070 which unfairly targeted all Latinos regardless of citizenship status. In 2006, Senator Gallardo was the chairman of the successful ballot initiative to create a state minimum wage in Arizona.

Senator Gallardo has spent his life working to make government work for the people. He spent 14 years working as a campaign finance administrator in Maricopa County Elections Department. He developed candidate training programs, spearheaded voter registration drives and organized “Get out the Vote” campaigns.

He has been involved in numerous boards and commissions, including the Arizona Civil Right Advisory Board and Maryvale Village Planning Committee. Steve is very involved with the local and national Hispanic community and served as a member of such organization as NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials), LCLAA (Labor Council for Latin American Advancement) and an MALDEF alumnus (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund).

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Councilmember Suzanne Klapp, Scottsdale

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Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp began her first term on the Scottsdale City Council in January 2009, and was re-elected to a second term which began in January 2013.

She has 37 years of broad management experience in manufacturing, distribution and retail operations. She began her career with the Whirlpool Corp. where she worked for 14 years in a variety of staff and operations management positions in marketing, internal and external communications, human resources, production and material control.  She has owned a custom injection molding plastics plan then became general manager of Larson Juhl’s logistics center in Los Angeles overseeing sales and operationsi. She joined the FastFrame custom framing franchise stores in 1997 as a retailer.

She moved to Scottsdale in 1998 and has owned custom framing retail stores in Scottsdale and Phoenix. She is Arizona regional developer for the FastFrame group of stores personally manages her own store in Scottsdale.

Councilwoman Klapp is active in the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Pinnacle Peak, Women of Scottsdale, and Legislative District 8 Republican Committee. She is a graduate of Valley Leadership and is on the Advisory Board of Scottsdale Leadership. Councilwoman Klapp serves on the MAG Domestic Violence Council and the City Council’s Audit Subcommittee.

She grew up in Evansville, Indiana and attended the University of Evansville where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism and was Campus Editor of the school newspaper. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business in Dallas, Texas.

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Councilmember Thelda Williams, Phoenix

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Phoenix City Councilwoman Williams has been active in community affairs for a number of years, having served on numerous boards and commissions covering a variety of topics including transit, aviation, community and women’s issues, animal abuse, and city planning.

She currently chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee for the city of Phoenix and also sits on the Downtown, Aviation and Redevelopment and the Public Safety and Veterans subcommittees, as well as the Audit Committee. She serves on the Luke West Valley Council and the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, in addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Municipal Water Users Authority (AMWUA).



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