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Former Mayor Price endorses City Council incumbents

Former Mayor Price endorses City Council incumbents
Then-mayor Christian Price, second from left, with, left to right, council members Vincent Manfredi, Henry Wade and Rich Vitello. [Bryan Mordt]

By Christian Price

Election time is back.

And today I am writing to you as a private citizen. I understand that politics stirs very strong feelings in many of us and there are very few ways around it. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from my time as mayor, it’s: your local government matters more than you think! Perhaps in some cases even more than the state or federal government. Here’s why: Of course, your local government isn’t going to raise an army or print money, but what our local government does affects our daily lives.

Our Maricopa city government helps plan, fund, and pave local roads (unless owned and operated by ADOT, in our case). They fund and manage the local police and fire department. They provide the parks, recreation and services we all love and appreciate and so much more. In short, they make our daily lives go round.

While the many essential services and operations provided by local governments are important, the people you elect to ensure your voices are represented in these arenas also matter a lot. While we’re all going to have our individual thoughts on why we should or shouldn’t vote for a given candidate, I thought I’d take a moment to voice my own.

As a potential member of the elected City Council, these Candidate Citizens are first and foremost our neighbors and members of the Maricopa community. When elected, they are paid VERY “part-time”, so they must work to survive (unless in retirement) and often own or run businesses. They work here, play here and live here. They roam the city and ride the 347 every day, just like you and me. They do their best to attend every event, they return every phone call, they meet with every constituent the day will allow…to address and resolve issues. They answer social media questions and attend hordes of meetings on your behalf, so they can fully represent you and your city’s interests with county, state, and federal governments.

The job of a council member is incredibly time-consuming and complex. The amount of information and topics to consume, learn and deal with competently and legally is extremely immense! To truly succeed on your behalf in this position requires people who are willing to sacrifice family, relationships, time, sleep, and even put aside their own full-time jobs – not only after their election, but long before – attending events, helping people, and attending every meeting topic possible in order to learn all they can, for and on behalf of the community they say they want to serve. This is an essential fundamental principle in order to then make the best decisions for the short, medium and long term success of the people of Maricopa.

That’s exactly what I see in three of our City Council Race participants: Vince Manfredi, Rich Vitiello and Henry Wade.

Vince Manfredi has lived in Maricopa since 2010. He owns a local small business and volunteers with many local non-profit organizations. He served as chair of the Maricopa Unified School District Budget Override Committee and named the School District’s “Best of the Best” Volunteer of the Year in 2017!

As a current member of the city council, he is a member of the Pinal County Regional Transportation Authority; Regional Council of Central Arizona Governments; the Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Works Committee of the League of Cities and Towns of Arizona; and the Rural Transport Advisory Council. Vince continues to work on critical projects for Maricopa regarding transportation and economic development.

Rich Vitiello moved to Maricopa in 2005 and immediately volunteered with our police department, the citizen-led Vision 2040 committee and the council-appointed council of adjustment. As a lifelong international businessman, Rich understands the unique needs of our business community and he uses that knowledge when running a local small business to help them become more successful and hire local citizens. Along with his wife, JoAnne Vitiello, a certified nurse practitioner, they also own a local medical practice that provides much needed care here in Maricopa. Together, they make Maricopa grow and create jobs in our city!

And, Henry Wade. He moved to Maricopa in 2008 and began working in service to our community. He is co-founder and past president of the Arizona Association of Real Estate Brokers and past board member of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers. Henry was also the founding chairman of the National Political Action Committee and is a former vice chairman of the Maricopa City Planning and Zoning Commission. Wade has over 30 years of real estate experience in the Phoenix metro area and is currently the Director of Housing Counseling Services for Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. Henry specializes in helping those in need of accommodation guidance and assistance.

Maricopa, our future is at stake and the choice is clear. Won’t you join me in voting for Vincent Manfredi, Rich Vitiello and Henry Wade – either by early (municipal) ballot or on Election Day, August 2.


Christian award
Former Mayor, Town of Maricopa

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