2018 City Election Candidate Summary

There are a total of six candidates running for Apache Junction City office in 2018. There are two candidates vying for the Mayor’s office (vote for one) and four candidates contesting for three open seats (you may vote for up to three) on the City Council.

The Apache Junction Mayor’s salary is $1,000 per month, the Vice Mayor is $900, and City Council salaries are $800 per month.

The Primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. The office of Mayor will be decided in the Primary race, because there are only two candidates involved. The office of Mayor carries a two-year term.

In the Primary election for City Council, only candidates receiving more than 50% of the vote will be seated as a result of the August 28 election. Any seats not filled as the result of the Primary election will be subject to a runoff election in the November 6, 2018, General election. The office of City Council is a four-year term.

The Race for Apache Junction Mayor

All city elected offices are non-partisan. There are two candidates for the Mayor’s Office. Vote for one.

Jeff Serdy
Candidate for Mayor

 Jeff Serdy is the owner of AJI Sporting Goods, a gun store in unincorporated East Mesa. He’s owned the store for 19 years, and his wife, Svitlana, is employed at Banner Hospital.

Mr. Serdy, 58, has 3 adult children and graduated high school at Shenandoah High School, Sarahsville, Ohio. He has also taken various community college classes.

He belongs to VFW Auxiliary, Sons of American Legion, Focal Point & Tourism Committee, AJ Chamber of Commerce, NFIB, Superstition Horsemens Association, GPEC, Kiwanis, Gateway Airport Board, Arizona Office of Tourism, Dons of Arizona and the NRA. Current and/or past public offices held: 8 years on the City Council and a year and a half as current Apache Junction Mayor.

Apache Junction city boundaries include areas not in the city’s jurisdiction, often referred to as “county islands.” There are also undeveloped lands abutting the current city boundaries that are owned by state and federal entities. What do you see as an advantage or disadvantage to expanding the City’s boundaries to include undeveloped lands? What do you see as an advantage or disadvantage to developing within the City’s boundaries?
I have made great strides reaching out to these areas. If one prospers, the whole Superstition region benefits. If the State land southward develops, then infill happens naturally. Keep in mind that when this growth happens, we must preserve our picturesque rural lifestyle.

How would you motivate economic development in Apache Junction?
The curb appeal that I have brought to downtown has already done wonders. Taking control of the Rodeo Grounds (now owned by BLM) would make us a tremendous tourist destination and event center.

Do you see a need for a city service that is not being addressed? Please explain.
Not necessarily. We need to stress to certain departments to be more business/customer friendly. We need to go after more grant money now being left on the table. 

David Waldron
Candidate for Mayor 

David Waldron is a recently retired IT specialist and is married to Kathleen, also retired. Mr. Waldron (69) has 4 adult children and has lived in Apache Junction since 1993. He graduated high school in Helena, MT and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry/Poly Science from the University of Montana. He is Montana Law Enforcement P.O.S.T. Certified (Intermediate).

Mr. Waldron is a Vietnam War veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps from September 1968 to September 1972. He belongs to VFW post 7968 and American Legion Post 27 in Apache Junction. Current and/or past public offices held: Councilmember (Current), Chair Planning and Zoning Commission, Chair of the Pinal County Air Quality Hearing Board and Chair of the Board for the Pinal County Rural Transportation Authority.

Apache Junction city boundaries include areas not in the city’s jurisdiction, often referred to as “county islands.” There are also undeveloped lands abutting the current city boundaries that are owned by state and federal entities. What do you see as an advantage or disadvantage to expanding the City’s boundaries to include undeveloped lands? What do you see as an advantage or disadvantage to developing within the City’s boundaries?
I would concentrate on bringing the “county islands,” developed or undeveloped, into the City first. The City can provide faster response times for law enforcement, as well as public services as the need arises. I am not opposed to extending our boundaries to the south to the AZ 24 aligment. We currently have an inventory of vacant, privately owned land within AJ that we need to concentrate on helping get developed first. It is to our advantage to help with development of these properties to provide for commercial areas, free of vacant lots, as well as our residential areas.

How would you motivate economic development in Apache Junction?
As the City approaches developers, we need to listen to any objections they have and work on minimizing each objection. Listening is the keyword.

Do you see a need for a city service that is not being addressed? Please explain.
Public transportation. It will have to be dealt with, but it will depend on the number of residents (riders) increasing before we can tie into the Phoenix Metro area.

Meet the 2018 Candidates for Apache Junction City Council

All city elected offices are non-partisan. There are four candidates for the City Council. Vote for three. 

Gail Evans
Candidate for City Council 

Gail Evans is a local Realtor and wife of the late Rob Evans, founder of Mountain Health and Wellness (now Horizon). Ms. Evans has 2 adult children and graduated from Norwin High School in Irwin, PA. She has earned GRI and CRS certificates and belongs to Dons of Arizona, SALT, EAGALA, SEVAR, NAR and ARMLS.

Current and past public offices held include: 6 years serving on Apache Junction Planning and Zoning and five and a half years on Apache Junction City Council.

Apache Junction city boundaries include areas not in the city’s jurisdiction, often referred to as “county islands.” There are also undeveloped lands abutting the current city boundaries that are owned by state and federal entities. What do you see as an advantage or disadvantage to expanding the City’s boundaries to include undeveloped lands? What do you see as an advantage or disadvantage to developing within the City’s boundaries?
The advantages of expanding our city’s boundaries include a population increase, which in turn could increase sales tax dollars. The additional costs for police services and road maintenance would need to be studied. I believe we need to focus on infill vacant land north of US 60, both private, State and BLM lands. As large development comes to the south of US 60, we need to be conscious of not becoming “North Apache Junction” and “South Apache Junction.” In February 2017, Council discussed first annexing all county islands within the city limits.

How would you motivate economic development in Apache Junction?
Most cities own the water and sewer companies. We have districts, meaning 2 separate governing boards apart from the city. If we owned these two districts, it would make decisions, agreements and planning between cities and developers less challenging. Services would have less overhead as well. We could achieve this goal by passing Proposition 423.

Do you see a need for a city service that is not being addressed? Please explain.
Transportation is a big problem in our city. If we had a commuter van pickup route to the Power Road bus terminal, people without a car could live here and be able to access jobs in the valley. Locally, having a route pickup at the hospital, shopping, the MultiGen Center and Public Library would be an asset to residents.

Christa Rizzi
Candidate for City Council 

Christa Rizzi is the owner/operator of the local small business, Arizona Tiremen Services. The business has been in operation for the past ten years. Ms. Rizzi, 50, also worked for the Apache Junction Unified School District from 2004 to 2015She is married to Robert Matsch, who is also a partner at Arizona Tiremen and has 4 adult children.

Ms. Rizzi has a GED and 64 college credits from Central Arizona College, Maricopa Community College and Grand Canyon University. Additional education and certificates include: the Citizens Leadership Institute; Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting, Supervision and Management and Communication certificates.

Ms Rizzi belongs to Apache Junction Drug Prevention Coalition, Superstition Boys and Girls Club and VFW Auxiliary. She has served on the AJ City Council, AJUSD School Board, Pinal County Juvenile Court Services, AJ Planning and Zoning Commission, AJ Health and Human Services, AJ Municipal Property Corporation, AJ Industrial Development Authority, AJ Municipal Property Corporation and AJ Industrial Development Authority.

Apache Junction city boundaries include areas not in the city’s jurisdiction, often referred to as “county islands.” There are also undeveloped lands abutting the current city boundaries that are owned by state and federal entities. What do you see as an advantage or disadvantage to expanding the City’s boundaries to include undeveloped lands? What do you see as an advantage or disadvantage to developing within the City’s boundaries?
Advantages are increased revenue, additional state and federal funding, drawing more families, businesses and employment opportunities. Growth is inevitable. It’s how we plan or the lack of planning that is important and shapes how growth will impact us. Of course we want to develop within the City, but we shouldn’t limit ourselves.

How would you motivate economic development in Apache Junction?
Friendly staff that assists and guides incoming businesses. Holding absent commercial property owners accountable for dilapidated properties. Reasonable ordinances that are not punitive or prohibiting incoming businesses.

Do you see a need for a city service that is not being addressed? Please explain.
There’s only so much we can do with the budget we have. We provide as much as we can. As our revenue increases, we’ll be able to provide more services. 

Robert Schroeder
Candidate for City Council
 

Robert K. Schroeder, 46, is the owner/operator of Three Phase Mechanical Air Conditioning & Heating. He’s owned the business for 10 years (website address: www.3phasemech.com)

He’s married to Renée Schroeder (Office Manager) and they have 1 minor child and 1 adult child.

Mr. Schroeder is a graduate of Thurston High, Redford, MI. and the Apache Junction City Leadership Institute.

Schroeder is a member of the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club. He currently also serves on the Apache Junction City Planning and Zoning Commission and the Construction Code Board of Appeals.

Apache Junction city boundaries include areas not in the city’s jurisdiction, often referred to as “county islands.” There are also undeveloped lands abutting the current city boundaries that are owned by state and federal entities. What do you see as an advantage or disadvantage to expanding the City’s boundaries to include undeveloped lands? What do you see as an advantage or disadvantage to developing within the City’s boundaries?
Location is the deciding factor on advantages. Development south of US 60 would be an advantage for the City, allowing growth through housing and industry. Developing land north of downtown would be a disadvantage to our equine community and dark skies, which is a large part of our City’s charm and allure.

How would you motivate economic development in Apache Junction?
Create a business-friendly and shovel-ready community that allows existing businesses to thrive and expand and new businesses to build on ready lots.

Do you see a need for a city service that is not being addressed? Please explain.
Our summers are like no other. As a community, we need to provide more hydration stations and temporary shelters for individuals and families living outside in a potentially deadly environment. 

Walker Waldie
Candidate for City Council 

Walker Waldie is the General Manager at the new Big O Tires coming to Apache Junction this year.

Mr. Waldie (27) is married to Jillian, a homemaker, and has 3 minor children. He graduated from Mountain View High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Experience Industry Managment from Brigham Young University.

He belongs to the Boy Scouts of America and has held no past public office. Online: www.facebook.com/WaldieforAJCityCouncil.

Apache Junction city boundaries include areas not in the city’s jurisdiction, often referred to as “county islands.” There are also undeveloped lands abutting the current city boundaries that are owned by state and federal entities. What do you see as an advantage or disadvantage to expanding the City’s boundaries to include undeveloped lands? What do you see as an advantage or disadvantage to developing within the City’s boundaries?
I believe that we need to build a thriving downtown while also looking to the undeveloped areas as untapped resources, whether those are within the city limits or outside them. While both solutions provide unique challenges, they both can provide a solid foundation for the city to grow upon.

How would you motivate economic development in Apache Junction?
The best way to spur development is to ease regulations and showcase the appeals of both our citizenry and proximity of our beautiful city to surrounding natural resources.

Do you see a need for a city service that is not being addressed? Please explain.
There are many improvements our city can make,for example, trash collection and public transportation. The challenge is ensuring that all services are economically sustainable and functionally feasible.

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