As District 3 City Councilman Bill Gates prepares to resign his seat at the end of this month to take aim at a county board seat later this fall, many community leaders, neighborhood groups and business owners look back on the impact he has had in the area in the last six-plus years, and wonder if his replacement will be as active as their outgoing representative.
“During the course of my career in public service I have worked for a former mayor of Phoenix and three former council members and can confidently state the most important traits to look for in a local elected official are a commitment to community outreach, ensuring business retention and expansion to widen the economic base, and supporting public safety,” said Tony Motola, president of the Sunnyslope Village Alliance. “Over the past seven years, Councilman Bill Gates has checked all these boxes and been a true advocate for District 3 and the Sunnyslope Village in particular.”
Gates first ran for the Phoenix City Council in 2009, when Phoenix was in the midst of the recession crunch.
“People were losing their jobs and their homes,” Gates recalls. “Our city budget was not structurally balanced and we faced huge challenges. I ran for City Council because I wanted to help ensure Phoenix remain the type of vibrant city that my daughters (at that time, 8 and 5 years old) would want to live, work and raise their families in once they became adults.”