Bill Gates Congratulates Debra Stark on her appointment to the Phoenix City Council

Phoenix, AZ – Today, former Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates issued the following statement congratulating Debra Stark on her appointment to fill the District 3 seat on the Phoenix City Council.

“I want to congratulate Debra Stark on getting the appointment to represent the good residents of District 3 on the Phoenix City Council,” said Bill Gates. “District 3 is a special place and I know that the residents will help Debra make informed decisions about Phoenix’s future. Additionally, I offer my services and expertise to the new councilmember as she transitions onto the council.”

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Campaign Kick-Off and Ice Cream Social

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Campaign Kick-Off and Ice Cream Social

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Bill Gates Files Nomination Petitions for Maricopa County Supervisor

Phoenix, AZ – Gates_IMG_4471Today, Republican Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates filed more than 2,000 nominating signatures for County Board of Supervisors, which is almost three times the 711 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

“I am honored and humbled by the amount of support I have received since announcing my intent to run for the County Board of Supervisors,” said Gates. “I am looking forward to a spirited campaign as I work to gain the support of the voters of Maricopa County District 3.”

gates_IMG_4469Additionally, Gates officially resigned his council position under Arizona’s “Resign to Run” law before filing his nomination paperwork.

“It is a bittersweet moment as I close one chapter of my life and open another,” Gates stated. “I am incredibly proud of all I have accomplished at the City of Phoenix with the help of so many including: my colleagues; city staff; the great residents of Phoenix and District 3; and of course my friends and family. Thank you for your advice and support.”

gates_IMG_4468Gates, who has represented Phoenix Council District 3 for the past seven years, issued the following letter of resignation to Mayor Stanton:

May 31, 2016

The Honorable Greg Stanton
Mayor, City of Phoenix
200 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Mayor Stanton:

It has been a great pleasure and an honor representing District 3 on the Phoenix City Council for the past seven years.  The City of Phoenix has faced many challenges and celebrated many accomplishments during this time and I have been privileged to work with you and our colleagues on the City Council as we worked to make Phoenix a great place to live, work, and play.

I am grateful to have played a pivotal role in helping bringing Phoenix out of the great recession. I am proud to have led the innovation and efficiency efforts, which have garnered the City $112 million in annual savings, I am proud that we have made Phoenix more inviting to small businesses, and I am proud of the redevelopment efforts we have accomplished in District 3. Through collaboration and hard work, I know Phoenix is better off than it was seven years ago.

I am grateful to all the wonderful Phoenix residents, especially the District 3 residents. From Sunnyslope, to Moon Valley, to Paradise Valley Mall Area, to North Mountain, to North 32nd Street, and every place in between, it has been an honor to serve and work with so many great residents to spur economic development, keep our neighborhoods safe, and improve our community. To those residents who I have had the pleasure of representing these past seven years, thank you for your friendship and the trust you instilled in me as your elected city council member. Know that I am not going far and will continue to work with you to help improve our community.

As you know, I have decided to stand for election to the Office of Maricopa County Supervisor this August. Therefore, pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes Section 38-296, which prohibits an elected official from running for another elected office except in the last year of his or her term, I am resigning my office as District 3 Phoenix City Councilman effective immediately.

I will offer any and all assistance to my successor on the City Council to make this transition as seamless as possible.  I wish you and the entire City Council the very best for the future.

Sincerely,
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Bill Gates

CC:
Councilwoman Theda Williams – District 1
Councilman Jim Waring – District 2
Councilwoman Laura Pastor – District 4
Councilman Daniel Valenzuela – District 5
Councilman Sal Diciccio – District 6
Councilman Michael Nowakowski – District 7
Vice Mayor Kate Gallego – District 8
City Clerk Cris Meyer

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Thank you for your support of law enforcement

As you all know, tragedy has hit our community hard with the loss of Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser, who was shot in the line of duty on May 18. Yesterday, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association held a full day BBQ and fundraiser in support of Officer Glasser’s Family. It was an emotional day, but I want to thank everyone who came out to North Mountain Brewery to show their support. I am so proud of our community coming together to support the family of Officer Glasser and our law enforcement.

I am always amazed at the selfless acts of kindness I get to witness in our community. During last night’s event, Michael and Jake (pictured below) donated $500 from proceeds they raised by doing a car wash in their neighborhood.  What incredible young men and what an inspiration to us all. Thanks Michael and Jake for your donation and thank you to everyone who donated to such great causes yesterday.

If you haven’t done so already, I would like to encourage all of you to support organizations who support our first responders in times of tragedy by either making a donation the 100 Club of Arizona (www.100club.org) or the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (www.plea.com).

For those of you who want to pay your respects, Officer Glasser’s funeral services will be held tomorrow, Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Christ Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Rd., at 10 am with a processional to Phoenix Memorial Park and Cemetery, 200 W. Beardsley Rd., immediately following the ceremony.

Again, thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Bill Gates

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Six Arizona Legislators Endorse Bill Gates for County Supervisor

Phoenix, AZ – Today the Bill Gates for County Supervisor campaign announced the endorsements of Senator Adam Driggs (R-28), Representative Kate Brophy McGee (R-28), Representative Phil Lovas (R-22), Representative Paul Boyer (R-20), Representative Anthony Kern (R-20), and Representative Heather Carter (R-15).

“I have known Bill Gates for years. He is a hard worker, a man of integrity and someone I call a friend,” said State Representative Kate Brophy McGee. “I am proud to endorse Bill for Maricopa County Board of Supervisor. He has proven to be a steward of the taxpayers’ money at the City and I know he will do the same at the County.” Continue reading

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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.”

Read the entire article at North Central News.

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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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