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Supervisor Clint Hickman, Maricopa County

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Clint L. Hickman, Maricopa County Supervisor from District 4, is a fourth-generation Arizonan. Hickman is vice president of sales and marketing at Hickman’s Family Farms, Arizona’s largest egg producer.  He is currently Honorary Commander of the 69th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, a member of the Hunger Project, the Arizona and Maricopa County Farm Bureau and board member of the Arizona Food Marketing Association. He was appointed and served as one of the few civilian members on the Arizona Meth Project. He is a resident of Goodyear and a graduate of the University of Arizona. Hickman and his wife Jennifer have two sons and a daughter.

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Councilmember 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 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 is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Valley Metro RPTA and Valley Metro Rail, and was just named chairman of the Budget and Finance subcommittee serving the FY 2015 term.  He was also just appointed as Treasurer of the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA), serving the FY 2015 term, and was reappointed to the Valley Metro RPTA and Metro Board Subcommittee, also serving the FY 2015 term. Councilmember Sherwood is a Certified Ambassador for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) as an active participant. 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, 24, who was named Arizona’s Leading Young Entrepreneur.

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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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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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Councilmember Lynn Selby, El Mirage

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Councilman Lynn Selby has a business background spanning more than 30 years.  He has managed cash flow and inventories, developed yearly budgets, and managed personnel.  Selby and his wife, Danielle retired to El Mirage and began attending City Council meetings regularly and volunteering in the community.  In attending the Council meetings, Selby became interested in the workings of the City and wanted to give something back to the community he loves and calls home.  Selby was elected to the City Council in August 2010.  He served in the U.S. Navy and now volunteers his time as an engineer every Sunday from September through May with the Maricopa Live Steamers Club, giving free rides to the public.  Selby also helps the El Mirage Fire Department distribute and install free smoke detectors.  He represents Operation Lifesaver throughout the State of Arizona, presenting railroad safety programs to government agencies and local organizations.  The Selbys have been married for more than 52 years and have three daughters and four grandchildren.

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Vice Mayor Ron Aames, Peoria

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Councilmember Ron Aames joined the Peoria City Council on Jan. 2, 2007 as the representative of the Palo Verde District. He was elected to a four-year term in November 2006. His goal is to champion the needs and wishes of his fellow citizens in the PaloVerde District and Peoria.

Ron and his wife Jacqueline, who is a college professor and writer, moved from out-of-state to Peoria in August 2002. They both love the variety and wonderful climate of the Valley of the Sun. They have a large extended family in the Northwest Valley.

Educationally, Aames has a background in planning and city development, areas he anticipates will benefit him in his work as a councilmember. His degrees include a Ph.D., which focused on urban development, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master’s from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona), which focused on transportation planning.

In business, Aames has been a corporate executive for hi-tech, banking, and marketing companies. In the marketing area, he was a managing consultant for eight years for The Gallup Organization, where his clients included federal government agencies. He worked for Gallup for two years after moving to Peoria, traveling frequently to Washington, D.C. to meet with clients. Aames currently is an independent marketing consultant.

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Councilmember Sam Crissman, Wickenburg

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Councilmember Sam Crissman is a graduate of Wickenburg High School and served in the United States Air Force, where he was honorably discharged in 1978.

Since 1986, Councilmember Crissman has been a licensed contractor, building homes in the Wickenburg area. He is a frequent volunteer for various causes in the community and is a longtime member of the Wickenburg Elks Lodge. He holds lifetime memberships in the National Rifle Association and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

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Councilmember Shana Ellis, Tempe

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Shana Ellis was elected to the Tempe City Council in March 2006 and was re-elected in March 2010. She was raised in Tempe and graduated from Tempe High School and Arizona State University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Computer Information Systems and a Master’s in Public Administration. Ellis is chair of the Transportation Committee and Technology Sustainability Sub-Committee, and serves on the Housing Committee, Community Sustainability Committee, the Mill and Lake District Committee, Community Ad Hoc Committee on Long-Range Finance Planning, and the Papago Park Master Plan Committee. Recently, she was appointed to the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) and to the National League of Cities Transportation Infrastructure and Services Policy and Advocacy Committees.

Ellis’ leadership experience includes serving on the Board of Directors of Tempe Leadership (President in 2004, the Tempe Human Relations Commission (Chair in 2000), Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council (Chair in 2001-2002), and the Kiwanis Club of Tempe (President in 2002). Along with serving as Tempe’s representative to the Metro Rail Board, Ellis is also a Tempe Community Council board member and a member of the Community and Economic Development Policy/Advocacy Committee of the National League of Cities.

She was most recently was awarded the 2010 Councilmember of the Year award from the regional branch of NAHRO and has been the recipient of the Brian Mickelsen Housing Hero Award in the category of elected official.

Ellis is married and has two children. She retired from Tempe Community Council in 2006, after a 20-year tenure, where she worked with hundreds of non-profit organizations and community groups.

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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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Councilmember Trinity Donovan, Chandler

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Councilmember Trinity Donovan has lived in Chandler for 25 years.  She began her tenure on the City Council in June 2006.

She currently represents the City of Chandler on a regional level as chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services Coordinating Committee and as a board member for both the Arizona Municipal Water User’s Association and the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority.  She also represents the City at a national level through her involvement in the National League of Cities’ Community and Economic Development Committee and the Council on Youth, Education, and Families. Additionally, she chairs the STAR Community Sustainability Index Technical Advisory Committee for Health and Safety.

Councilmember Donovan is the Executive Director of Chandler Christian Community Center. Working in leadership positions with a variety of nonprofits for the past 10 years, Councilmember Donovan has also been involved in many community coalitions in areas including financial stability, homelessness, domestic violence, early childhood, and youth development. She is active in her church and performs service projects internationally. Most recently, she traveled to Ethiopia with Hope for the Hopeless to work with an orphanage. Locally, Councilmember Donovan volunteers for a variety of organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona as a Big Sister and is a member of the Chandler Service Club.

Councilmember Donovan has been honored by the Business Journal as one of its “Forty under 40,” received the Soroptimist Woman of Distinction Award, Chandler Alliance for Character Award, IMPACT for Enterprising Women Celebration of Success Award, and the Stanford Associates Achievement Award.

A graduate of Chandler High School, Councilmember Donovan holds a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and a master’s degree in Sociology – both from Stanford University. She also attended and graduated from Chandler Leadership and Valley Leadership.

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Vice Mayor 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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