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Wes Gullett: Leadership in tough times

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Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2011 5:00 pm | Updated: 3:45 pm, Thu Jan 19, 2012.

Voters in Ahwatukee and all across Phoenix will decide on Nov. 8 who should lead our city during some very challenging times. Phoenix's next mayor needs to be a leader who can challenge the status quo and bring jobs to Phoenix - and Ahwatukee residents could very well be the voters who decide which of the two candidates before us are right for the job.

For me, there's no question that Wes Gullett is the right man for these very difficult times. Gullett has an aggressive reform agenda and a Seven Point Jobs Plan that will bring jobs back to Phoenix.

He's a businessman and brings a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors to clean up City Hall.

Gullett understands that in order to get Phoenix working again we need to reduce costs for small businesses and get government out of the way. That's why he's put forward a detailed plan to cut red tape so that small businesses, which are really the economic engine of Ahwatukee, can get off the ground as quickly as possible.

Safe neighborhoods are critical. The city has gone months without a police chief, and Gullett has promised to finally start the process of recruiting and hiring a new police chief. The current city leadership has dragged their feet on this process for way too long.

One of the biggest challenges before the new mayor will be restoring confidence in our city government. Gullett will do that.

He has a stellar reputation in this community. He's a man on honor and integrity. After some of the shenanigans we've seen over the years, I know that Gullett will always put his constituents before his own self-interests.

Campaign promises are great. But in order to be effective, it's critical that our mayor have the ability to bring people together. I've seen Gullet do that on a multitude of issues over the years. He knows how to work with people from different perspectives and find common ground.

I've know Gullett for many years. I've also known his opponent, Greg Stanton - and I like Stanton. He represented Ahwatukee on the City Council and is a good, decent man. But for me, at this critical time, Gullett is the candidate who truly will shake-up City Hall.

We can't afford to stay on the same direction we are right now. We need a mayor with the courage and determination to make the tough decisions now that will make our community safer, stronger and more prosperous.

Wes Gullett will be a great mayor and we finally bring the pride back to Phoenix. I urge you to vote for him on Nov. 8, or return your early ballot for him today. With a leader like Gullett, we'll make Phoenix the greatest city in America.

• John McComish, R-Ahwatukee Foothills, is a member of the Arizona State Senate. He was elected in 2010 and represents District 20, which includes Ahwatukee Foothills. He served on the Arizona House of Representatives in District 20 from 2005 to 2011. Reach him at (602) 926-5898 or jmccomish@azleg.gov.

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