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Barry Graham provides voter education and does not endorse candidates.

1. Are you a precinct committeeman? If yes, for how long? 

Yes since 2012 

2. Why are you running for City Council? 

To make city council more responsive to residents. 

3. City Council requires a significant time commitment, usually 2-4 meetings a month, as well as reading prep prior to meetings. How will this fit in with your other commitments? 

When elected, I plan to adjust my work schedule to make more time for council duties. However, Over the past 10 years, I've worked full-time while serving on several boards and commissions. From 2018-2020, I worked full-time while serving as LD23 GOP officer and also on city commissions. 

4. What do you believe is the role of the City Council in our community? 

To appraise and give direction to charter officers, as well as to approve budgets, zoning, and ordinances, among other roles. 

5. Do you think you have any personal or professional relationships that could become a conflict of interest while serving as a Council member? 

If there were any conflicts of interest, either due to a business or personal relationship, I would recuse from voting on the matter. Having said that, I expect my recusal rate to be minimal. 

6. What is your approach to handling controversial and complicated issues? 

To listen and read, to inquire with experts and stakeholders, and to pursue what's in the best interest of residents. 

7. What skills and experience do you have that you believe would be beneficial to you as a Council member? 

After 10 years on boards and commissions, I studied and voted on the most important issues affecting residents and I learned how the city works. This is in addition to my skills, experience and knowledge as a finance professional. 

8. What previous community involvement have you had in your city or another city? 

Until recently, I was commissioner on the Scottsdale's Planning Commission. I also served as chairman of the Transportation Commission and chairman of the Building Advisory Board of Appeals. In 2018 and 2020, I was elected Treasurer of the LD23 GOP, where I also served as a State Committeeman and precinct captain. 

9. Based on what you know about City government, what do you see as top priorities for the City and why? 

Restoring resident trust in council regarding the pace and quality of development, cracking down on short-term rental bad actors, and fully-staffing police so residents and visitors feel safe. 

10. Do you support the defund the police movement? Please explain your response, and describe the role of City Council regarding this issue. 

I support defending police and don't have patience for Defund-Police. I want to make sure our police are fully-staffed and morale is strong. 

11. What is your position on anti-discrimination ordinances? 

Did not answer. 

12. What is your opinion on the increase in gun violence in our cities, and what do you propose as mitigation? 

Did not answer. 

13. What is your opinion on the homelessness crisis? What solutions do you propose? 

Did not answer. 

14. Please feel free to add any additional information you would like voters to know about your candidacy. 

Thank you for your questions and for all EZAZ does for Arizona. Also, below are some of my endorsements: Councilmembers Kathy Littlefield and Betty Janik Rep. Joseph Chaplik (LD3) Alex Kolodin (LD3) Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) Arizona Women of Action LD3 GOP AZ Tea Party

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