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Pamela Carter

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1. Are you a precinct committeeman? 


If yes, for how long? Yes, 2 years 


2. Why are you running for City Council? 


I love Scottsdale and a native of Arizona. I have seen the drastic changes in this city with the high-rise, high density apartments coming into Scottsdale. As a former business owner in Scottsdale, and the General Manager of a faith-based TV station in Phoenix, I have reached out to thousands in our community for years. I have real life experience with people, employees and serving the community. We are a family friendly city and over development, crime and homelessness are on the rise. I want to curtail the building of more apartment complexes and make sure our streets are safe. I am a huge supporter of our police and first responders and want to make sure they are fully staffed and funded. We must protect our rich western heritage for future generations and promote the tourism that fuels our economy and keep our taxes low. People, relationships and families are my top priority. 


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? 


I am retired and am able to devote full-time to this position as your next Councilwoman. 


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


People look to the City Council to listen to their concerns and act in the best interests of our citizens and homeowners. 


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


No 


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


I am a woman of prayer and biblical values. I will pray for wisdom and understanding on the issues, receive counsel from others and will make my decisions based on facts and truth. 


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


As an entrepreneur in business ownership, I have onboarded employees, managed production crews, and employees of multi-million dollar entities. I was the owner of the largest Sports Medicine and weight training facility in the nation in south Scottsdale. I have hosted and produced hundreds of television programs over my career of 30 years. I know how to touch the community at large all over Arizona as well as churches, pastors and leaders of faith. 


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


I am on the Board of Directors for Help 4 Kidz, a nationally recognized non-profit organization for at-risk children, youth and families all over Arizona. We had 14 buses reaching out to children, feeding the poor, providing backpacks and lunches through our non-profit. We were awarded 4 Presidential awards for excellence and service including the Martin Luther King award. I was the Station Manager for KPAZ television and did community programming and faith based television for various ministries and churches via media and live events. I have had over 30 year’s experience in media, community out-reach and non-profits. 


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


1. Stop the urbanization of Scottsdale and curtail over-development of high-rise high-density apartments. No mass transit, such as light-rail 

2. Reduce violent crime 

3. Enforce current laws for Short-term Rental properties, such as SB1168 

4. Water conservation 

5. Fully support our Police and first responders. 

6. Promote local businesses and tourism 

7. Protect the McDowell Sonoran Preserve 


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


I am not a supporter of the defund the police movement. The City Council works with the Scottsdale Police Department, including funding and salaries. I am a law and order candidate and will stand with our police and first responders. 


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


The current City Council passed the Anti-discrimination ordinance on April 20, 2021, 7-0. My opponent is endorsed by one of these council members. It has opened the door to creating an Office of Diversity and Inclusion in Scottsdale. Gender should not become a special class of persons in our cities, we have the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 1968 which protects all persons, including gender. I am opposed to creating such ordinances, I am a proponent of our civil and religious liberties under our 1st Amendment and our Civil Rights Act. It reads: #4497 The City of Scottsdale is committed to preventing discriminatory practices based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Scottsdale's anti-discrimination ordinance prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, places of public accommodation, and City services, programs, and activities. Individuals who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint with the city and be investigated under this law. 


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


I will protect our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms in our city. 


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


Under our Federal statues, it is not a crime to be homeless. I have always been involved in my church and non-profits to help those in need. Scottsdale has programs available and has a resource of $2 Million for agencies such as the Phoenix Rescue mission, Community Bridges and Brick by Brick. I am in favor of work programs and resources for the mentally ill. 


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


I love this city, state and nation! I have always fought for civil and religious liberties in my life, working in many campaigns for freedom and faith on the city, state and federal levels over the years. I will fight to keep Scottsdale free and the safe, secure city our citizens enjoy.

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