North Central News: Gates leaves indelible mark on District 3

May-cover-photo-460x345As 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.”

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Governor Doug Ducey Endorses Bill Gates for County Supervisor

ducey_1_300Phoenix, AZ – Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates today announced the endorsement of Governor Doug Ducey for his candidacy for Maricopa County Supervisor.

“I am proud to endorse my friend Bill Gates for County Supervisor,” Governor Doug Ducey said.  “Bill Gates has the right experience and knowledge to move Maricopa County forward. He is bright, pragmatic and someone who knows how to get things done while being a steward of taxpayer money. Bill understands how to help grow our economy, while shrinking government, which is exactly the type of County Supervisor District 3 deserves.  I trusted Bill Gates to serve on my transition team because I knew he is a man of honor and integrity and I am proud to endorse him for the same reasons.”

“I am honored and grateful for Governor’s Ducey’s support and endorsement,” Gates stated. “Governor Ducey has already accomplished so much for our great state. His focus on smaller government, a balanced budget, fewer regulations and innovative thinking is needed at every level of government.  I look forward to continuing working with him at the county level.”

Bill Gates currently serves as a Phoenix City Councilman and is Associate General Counsel & Director of Distribution for PING, a Phoenix-based golf equipment manufacturer. He attended Drake University where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics in 1993 and he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1996. Councilman Gates is married and has two daughters.

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Volunteer to help Bill Gates during the Arizona GOP State Convention

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 6.58.41 AMThe Bill Gates for County Supervisor campaign is looking for volunteers to help during the State GOP meeting on April 30th at the Mesa Convention Center. Volunteers will help collect petition signatures, handout collateral, and answer questions about Bill Gates’ and his campaign for County Supervisor.

Each volunteer will get a free Bill Gates for County Supervisor t-shirt. Please email info@billgatesaz.com if you are able to help Bill on April 30th.

There are two shifts available for volunteers, but we’ll take any time you can offer:

  • 7:30 am – 11:00 am
  • 11:00 – 2:00 pm (might be earlier)
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Join Bill Gates for a call night in support of Prop. 123

Dear Friends and Supporters:

yesonprop123This May, we have opportunity to support Proposition 123, which will put $3.5 billion into our schools, without raising taxes. This is a bi-partisan effort that teachers, parents, business leaders, and elected officials are rallying around.

However, in order for the proposition to be successful, it is extremely important that the message of Prop 123 gets to the voters. It is urgent that we get as many people making phone calls as possible!

Therefore, I want to invite you to join me on Wednesday, April 20, at the Prop 123 Headquarters where I will be hosting a call night in support of Prop 123.
When:
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (MST)
Where:
Prop 123 Headquarters – 6900 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Again, please join me to make these important calls to voters in support of Prop 123. It will be a fun time. Additionally, there will be food and drinks for everyone.

Please RSVP using the following link: phonebankwithbillgates.eventbrite.com

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Bill Gates

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Mayors Jerry Weiers and Michael Collins Endorse Bill Gates for County Supervisor

Phoenix, AZ – Today, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Paradise Valley Mayor Michael Collins endorsed Phoenix Councilman Bill Gates for Maricopa County Supervisor.

“Bill Gates is a tested leader who helped lead Phoenix through difficult times,” stated Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. “During his tenure on the Phoenix City Council, he has found hundreds of millions of dollars in reoccurring savings to help keep important city programs open without raising taxes. Gates will be a great addition to the County Board and a good partner in government.”

“Bill Gates understands the diversity of District 3 and I am proud to support him for County Supervisor,” said Paradise Valley Mayor Michael Collins. “ Gates’ focus on economic development and commitment to the communities he serves is admirable and I look forward to continuing working with him as he transitions to the county.”

“I am honored to have the endorsements of such great community leaders as Mayor Weiers and Mayor Collins,” stated Gates. “Both are extraordinary mayors who serve with honor and integrity. Additionally, they understand the importance of collaboration between cities and the county and I look forward to working with them both.”

Bill Gates currently serves as a Phoenix City Councilman and is Associate General Counsel & Director of Distribution for PING, a Phoenix-based golf equipment manufacturer. He attended Drake University where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics in 1993 and he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1996. Councilman Gates is married and has two daughters.

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County Assessor Paul D. Petersen Endorses Bill Gates for County Supervisor

assessor-1Phoenix, AZ – Today, Maricopa County Assessor Paul Peterson endorses Phoenix Councilman Bill Gates for Maricopa County Supervisor.

“I have had the chance to work with Councilman Bill Gates on several instances and I am impressed with his understanding of the issues facing our community,” said Assessor Petersen. “Gates believes in making government smarter by using technology and finding efficiencies. He will be a great addition to the County Board of Supervisors.”

“The assessment of property values is an important function of our county government and Paul Petersen has done a great job since taking over as County Assessor in 2013,” said Gates. “I was especially impressed with his work helping small businesses during construction of the light rail extension. I am honored to have his support and look forward to working with him once I am elected to the county board. “

Bill Gates currently serves as a Phoenix City Councilman and is Associate General Counsel & Director of Distribution for PING, a Phoenix-based golf equipment manufacturer. He attended Drake University where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics in 1993 and he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1996. Councilman Gates is married and has two daughters.

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Governor Jan Brewer Endorses Bill Gates for County Supervisor

Phoenix, AZ – Today, Governor Jan Brewer endorses Phoenix Councilman Bill Gates for District 3 Maricopa County Supervisor.

Governor_JanBrewer_Portrait_2011_300“I have known Bill since he was a teenager and he is a man of integrity and honor. I have been very impressed with the work Bill has done for our community while serving on the Phoenix City Council. He has a keen understanding of the issues and I know he will continue his good work on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors,” said Governor Jan Brewer. “Bill Gates has my full support and I am proud to endorse him for County Supervisor.”

“Governor Brewer has been a great leader for our state. She worked vigorously to balance the state budget and reduce the burden on Arizona taxpayers. She created an environment where all Arizona businesses had the opportunity to succeed,” stated Gates. “I am honored and grateful to have her support.”

Bill Gates currently serves as a Phoenix City Councilman and is Associate General Counsel & Director of Distribution for PING, a Phoenix-based golf equipment manufacturer. He attended Drake University where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics in 1993 and he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1996. Councilman Gates is married and has two daughters.

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Supervisors Denny Barney and Clint Hickman Endorse Bill Gates for County Supervisor

Phoenix, AZ – Today, Maricopa County Supervisors Denny Barney and Clint Hickman endorse Phoenix Councilman Bill Gates for District 3 Maricopa County Supervisor.

“Bill Gates and I have known each other for over 15 years. Today, I cannot think of a better person to succeed Andy Kunasek on the County Board of Supervisors,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney. “Bill Gates is a pragmatic problem solver who has a proven conservative track record and I fully endorse him for County Supervisor.”

“Bill Gates has been an impressive councilman at the City of Phoenix and it is my great pleasure to endorse him for County Supervisor,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman. “Bill Gates’ work on innovation and efficiencies is saving Phoenix over $100 million in savings year after year. I look forward to rolling up our sleeves together to look for ways to improve government, make it more business friendly, and continue to be responsible stewards of the taxpayers’ money.”

“I am honored to receive the endorsements and support of Supervisor Denny Barney and Supervisor Clint Hickman,” stated Gates. “Denny Barney and Clint Hickman have been strong additions to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Both are great fathers, businessmen, and public servants. I admire the work they have done protecting the taxpayers of Maricopa County and I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve with them on the Board.”

Bill Gates currently serves as a Phoenix City Councilman and is Associate General Counsel & Director of Distribution for PING, a Phoenix-based golf equipment manufacturer. He attended Drake University where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics in 1993 and he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1996. Councilman Gates is married and has two daughters.

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BILL GATES ANNOUNCES HIS INTENT TO RUN FOR MARICOPA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND SALUTES KUNASEK’S SERVICE

Phoenix, AZ – Today, Bill Gates announced his intent to run for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors District 3, upon current Supervisor Andy Kunasek’s announcement that he will not be seeking reelection.

“I have been a long time supporter of Supervisor Kunasek. He has represented District 3 on the Board of Supervisors with distinction. I’ve admired Andy’s focus on fiscal accountability, public safety, and community service,” stated Councilman Gates. “Since my first day on the Phoenix City Council, I have always fought to protect the hardworking taxpayers of our city and I will continue to do so as Supervisor.”

While on Council, Councilman Gates’ priorities have been fiscal responsibility; economic development; fighting blight; encouraging innovation; finding efficiencies; and improving public safety. Gates chairs the Finance, Efficiency, Economy & Sustainability Subcommittee, which has identified over $100 million in efficiency savings.

“It is an honor to serve the wonderful people of Phoenix and Council District 3, and with the encouragement of my friends, family and supporters, I am running for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and look forward to continuing my service there,” concluded Gates.

In addition to his post on the City Council, Councilman Gates is Associate General Counsel & Director of Distribution for PING, a Phoenix-based golf equipment manufacturer. Prior to working for PING in 2001, Councilman Gates was an associate at the firm of Fennemore Craig, practicing commercial litigation with an emphasis in property tax litigation. He has served in a variety of capacities with nonprofit and community organizations and he is currently a Board Member for the Foundation for Blind Children, The Phoenix Symphony, and a member of the Arizona Advisory Board For U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Councilman Gates is a graduate of Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Arizona. He attended Drake University where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics in 1993 and he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1996. Councilman Gates is married and has two daughters.

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The New Phoenix Rising

Phoenix Councilman Bill Gates’ Inauguration Speech, January 4, 2016
As Prepared

Colleagues, family, friends, residents of City of Phoenix,

Beginning in Dec. 2007, Phoenix was jarred by the Great Recession, which changed landscape of Phoenix as dramatically as any event in Phoenix’s history – 300,000 jobs lost in AZ, Property values plummeted, 67% of mortgages were underwater. Today, we are seeing a new Phoenix rise.  This city is in a period of unprecedented RE-development. Continue reading

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