In the opinion pages of the Aug. 29 Arizona Republic, readers were told for the second time in August about the growing gang problems in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community, problems that have spread beyond Salt River and into the East Valley and beyond. Gangs have long been a problem there and continue to grow in boldness. Last May gangsters murdered a Salt River police officer across the street from an upscale Scottsdale neighborhood. Attacks on police and community members are all too common.
I was very pleased to see the recent endorsement of Scott Smith by Gov. Jan Brewer. As both a successful business person and course-altering mayor of Mesa, Smith has demonstrated the vision, pragmatism and leadership qualities that our state needs in its next governor. While other candidates and out-of-state money are taking shots at Smith that are full of spin and inaccuracies, he has responded by offering to sit face-to-face with critics in full view of the media to get out the truth.
Jan Brewer endorses former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith Thursday, calling him the most suitable heir to her administration.Jan Brewer endorses former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith Thursday, calling him the most suitable heir to her administration. [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]
Saying they have jurisdiction, members of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission refused Thursday to kill an investigation into whether a commercial aimed at Scott Smith was really designed to undermine his gubernatorial bid.
As we approach the primary election, Arizona is in an envious place right now. Of the six Republicans running for the governor’s office, each of the four front-runners arguably have the credentials to become a good governor for our state.