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The family of Sen. John McCain released his farewell statement Monday, two days after his death at the age of 81:

My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for sixty years, and especially my fellow Arizonans,

Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead. I have tried to serve our country honorably. I have made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them.

I have often observed that I am the luckiest person on earth. I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. I have loved my life, all of it. I have had experiences, adventures and friendships enough for ten satisfying lives, and I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life, in good or bad times, for the best day of anyone else’s.

I owe that satisfaction to the love of my family. And I owe it to America. To be connected to America’s causes – liberty, equal justice, respect for the dignity of all people – brings happiness more sublime than life’s more fleeting pleasures. Our identities and sense of worth are not circumscribed but enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves.

“Fellow Americans” — that association has meant more to me than any other. I lived and died a proud American. We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil. We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world. We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history. We have acquired great wealth and power in the process.

We weaken our greatness when we confuse our nationalism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.

We are three-hundred-and-twenty-five million opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates. But we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country, we will get through these challenging times. We will come through them stronger than before. We always do.

Ten years ago, I had the privilege to concede defeat in the election for president. I want to end my farewell to you with the heartfelt faith in Americans that I felt so powerfully that evening.

I feel it powerfully still.

Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.

Farewell, fellow Americans. God bless you, and God bless America.

Lying in State at the Arizona State Capitol, Aug. 29

At 10 a.m., a private, formal ceremony inside the Rotunda of the Arizona State Capitol will take place to honor Senator McCain’s life and service to the State of Arizona and the nation. Following the conclusion of the ceremony, the public is welcome to pay their respects to Senator McCain in the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda starting at 2 p.m.

Invocation by Father Edward A. Reese, S.J.
Remarks by Sen. Jon Kyl
Remarks by Gov. Doug Ducey
Presentation of Wreath by Congressman Jim Kolbe
Benediction by Sen. Jeff Flake

Arizona Memorial Service at North Phoenix Baptist Church, Aug. 30

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Sen. McCain will occur at the North Phoenix Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Doors open 8 a.m. local time. All guests need to be in their seats no later than 9:30 a.m. There are no more tickets available.

Welcome and Invocation by Senior Pastor Dr. Noe Garcia
Hymn, “Amazing Grace,” performed by the Brophy Student Ensemble
Reading, Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, read by Bridget McCain
Tribute by Grant Woods
Tribute by Tommy Espinoza
Hymn, performed by Jonah LittleSunday, Navajo flutist
Tribute by Larry Fitzgerald, Jr.
Tribute by Vice President Joe Biden
Reading, 2 Timothy 4:6-8 by Andrew McCain
Song, “Arizona,” performed by the Brophy Student Ensemble
Message by Father Edward Reese
Hymn, “Going Home,” performed by Bryan Jeffries on bagpipe
Benediction and Dismissal by Senior Pastor Dr. Noe Garcia
Recessional, “My Way,” original music by Frank Sinatra

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Sen. McCain’s motorcade will depart North Phoenix Baptist Church for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. If so inclined, flowers may be sent to your local VA Hospital.

Lying in State at the U.S. Capitol, Aug. 31

At approximately 11 a.m. ET, a ceremony will take place in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., honoring the life and service of Sen. McCain.

Invocation by Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, S.J., Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives
Remarks by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Remarks by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence
Presentation of the Senate Wreath by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
Presentation of the House Wreath by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
Presentation of the Administration Wreath by Vice President Mike Pence
Benediction by Rear Admiral Barry C. Black, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate

At the conclusion of the formal ceremony, Mrs. Cindy McCain will be escorted to view the casket and lead the procession. At 2 p.m. ET, doors will open for the public to pay their respects to Senator McCain as he lies in state in the Capitol with a Capitol Police Guard of Honor in attendance. All visitors must enter through the Capitol Visitor Center and will be directed to the Rotunda to pay their respects to Senator McCain 2-8 p.m. ET. The Guard of Honor will remain throughout the night.

Washington National Cathedral Ceremony, Sept. 1

At approximately 8:30 a.m. ET, Sen. McCain will be carried with ceremony from the U.S. Capitol by Armed Forces Body Bearers, secured and moved by motorcade to Washington National Cathedral. The motorcade will pause at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial where Mrs. Cindy McCain will lay a ceremonial wreath honoring all whose lives were lost during the Vietnam War. At 10 a.m., a national memorial service celebrating the life of Sen. McCain will take place at Washington National Cathedral. Sen. McCain’s family, friends, congressional colleagues and staff, as well as U.S. and international leaders have been invited to attend and participate in the service.

Anthems in Procession by The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington
Welcome by The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral
Hymn 608, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” (The Navy Hymn), sung by the congregation
Tribute by Meghan McCain
Reading of Poem, “The Requiem,” by Jimmy McCain
Anthem, “My Country Tis of Thee,” sung by the congregation
Tribute by Senator Joseph I. Lieberman
Tribute by Dr. Henry A. Kissinger
Anthem, “Battle Hymn of the Republic”
Tribute by President George W. Bush
Tribute by President Barack H. Obama
Anthem, “Battle Hymn of the Republic”
The Collect for Burial by The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral
Prayer for Those Who Grieve by The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral
Reading, Wisdom 3:1-5, 9, by Senator Kelly Ayotte
Anthem, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” led by the Washington National Cathedral Choir
Reading, 2 Corinthians 5:6-8, read by Sidney McCain
Hymn, “How Great Though Art,” sung by the congregation
Gospel, John 15:12-13, read by Senator Lindsey Graham
Homily by Father Edward A. Reese, S.J.
Musical Reflection, “Danny Boy,” sung by Renee Fleming
The Lord’s Prayer
The Prayers
Concluding Prayer, led by The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington
Anthem, “America the Beautiful”
The Commendation, led by The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral; The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington; and Father Edward A. Reese, S.J.
The Blessing by The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington
The Dismissal by The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral
Postlude, “Final,” from Symphony I, OP.14 and Piece d’orgue, BWV 572

Vice President Joseph Biden
Actor Warren Beatty
Bloomberg CEO Michael Bloomberg
Secretary William Cohen
Sen. Gary Hart
Businessman Stephen Dart
Pegasus COO Richard Davis
Eudy Company President Carla Eudy
Sen. Russ Feingold
Sen. Phil Gramm
Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom Chairman Vladimir Kara-Murza
Gov. Tom Ridge
Former Chief of Staff Mark Salter
FedEx President Fred Smith
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

He will be laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Saturday, the Maricopa High School Marching Rams traveled to Chase Field as part of the annual Diamondbacks Band Night. The Marching Bands performed the National Anthem among bands from Tombstone High School, Desert Mountain High School, Ironwood High School, Raymond S. Kellis High School and Rancho Solano Prep. The massed band was led by Rebecca Robinson, band director from Tombstone High School. Following the performance, the band enjoyed watching the first-place Dbacks take on the Seattle Mariners.

The Maricopa High School Band was honored to be part of this event and would like to thank Rebecca Robinson for her leadership of the group as well as Tom Demeter and the Arizona Diamondbacks for coordinating this event and making this opportunity possible.

The Marching Rams will be back for Homecoming on Sept. 14 and open their competitive season at the AzMBA Millennium High School Show on Sept. 22.

By Julia R. Gusse

Julia Gusse (submitted photo)

It is with great pleasure that I provide Leon Potter with my full endorsement as he seeks election onto the City of Maricopa’s Council. Mr. Potter is running as a write-in candidate and I have had the pleasure of serving with him on our City Council. I am of the belief that our city is headed in a good direction, but has stalled along the way. Furthermore, it is my opinion that change is needed to push and accelerate our progress. He has proven to me, and to this community, that he does not go along to get along and does not subscribe to the status quo of our current leadership. For those reasons, I am happy to provide him with my endorsement and I wish him nothing but luck and good will as he pursues a seat on our city council.

Julia R. Gusse is a member of the Maricopa City Council.

This week’s activities include Game Night and a Labor Day Pool Party. Below is a reminder that Tuesday is Primary Election Day. For details on these and other listings, visit


Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Senior Bowling is at 10 a.m. at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center, 16000 N. Maricopa Road.

A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) meet at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Behavioral Health Services, 21300 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 103.

Maricopa Healing Rooms are at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Healing Ministry, 19997 N. Justin Drive.


Election Day, polls open 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Seniors play Pinochle at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Seniors play Canasta at 1 p.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

MHS Boys’ Golf is at 3 p.m. at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, 48456 W. Hwy. 238.

Celebrate Recovery Coffee & Karaoke is at 5 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

MHS Volleyball is at 6 p.m. at Maricopa High School, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.

Art & Sip is at 6:30 p.m. at True Grit Tavern, 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 101.


Creative Sisterhood is at 9 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Babytime is at 9:30 a.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

Harrah’s Club 777 Toastmasters meet at 3 p.m. at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 Maricopa Road.

S.M.A.R.T. Kids meet at 3:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

Maricopa Police Explorer Post Meeting is at 5 p.m. at Maricopa High School, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.


Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Seniors play Farkel at 9 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Seniors play Canasta at 1 p.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Family Story Time is at 4 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is at 7 p.m. at Ak-Chin Social Services, 48227 W. Farrell Road.


Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Multigenerational Game Night is at 6:30 p.m. at Copper Sky Multigenerational Center, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Strength & Hope Al-Anon Meeting is at 7 p.m. at Community of Hope Church, 45295 W. Honeycutt Ave.

Pathway Football starts at 7 p.m. at Pacana Park, 19000 N. Porter Road.


Labor Day Weekend Pool Party is at 6 p.m. at Copper Sky Aquatic Center, 44345 W Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.


A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

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Senior Isaiah Crawford takes the ball downfield for the Maricopa Rams.

In a messy, dusty Game 2, Maricopa High School’s football team lost at Millennium, 26-21. That evened the Rams’ record at 1-1. The Tigers took a 12-7 lead over Maricopa in the first quarter. After pushing that to 26-7 in the third, Millennium did not score again. With both offensive lines showing vulnerability, the quarterbacks were under pressure all game and Maricopa coach Brandon Harris began rotating his QBs, Jordan Huddleston and Daxton Redfern, with mixed results. In the third quarter in the middle of a full-blown dust storm, Maricopa used a 70-yard kickoff return by Isaiah Crawford to set up a 12-yard touchdown run by Jacob Cowing. With time running out near game’s end and little official attention to the play clock or game clock, Mister Chavis ran in from the 6 for the final score. Harris told the Rams he was proud of them for never quitting despite being down. Maricopa next plays a non-region game at Apollo Friday at 7 p.m.

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Jeff Kramarczyk is closing the doors of Crate Coffee this week but will still be in business. Photo by Mason Callejas

By Fran Lyons

While many home-based businesses in Maricopa are trying to build their way into a storefront, others are taking the opposite route.

Crate Coffee Market, the highest-rated coffee shop in Maricopa according to Yelp reviewers, had a retail space for five years on Hathaway Avenue. But owner Jeff Kramarczyk has opted to close the doors Aug. 26.

“The virtual marketplace has presented an opportunity to expand more globally while still meeting and developing our goals,” he said.

In a press release announcing the closing, Kramarczyk said Crate had fallen short in one of five goals: “Build a wholly unique, economically viable, retail business on word of mouth only.”

The primary reason for leaving the storefront is to focus attention, time and effort on the virtual side of the business.

“For many customers, locally and across the U.S., Crate Coffee has only ever been a virtual market,” Kramarczyk said. “Our business began in 2013 with 60-70 percent focus on the distribution side and 30-40 percent on the retail storefront side.”

Photo by Mason Callejas

The expanded business plan does not lessen the number of hours he works. “I don’t consider hours to be relevant in the virtual market,” he said. “It’s 24/7.”

The biggest challenge, he said, “is to continue the relationship aspect with people and the personal experience they had in the store and translate it into the virtual experience. We want to engage people and enable them to interact socially online.”

Despite closing the storefront, his business plan, he said, remains the same.

Echoing that are the co-owners of CrossFit Stand & Battle, which also left its storefront space with its high overhead to literally go home in what was termed a restructuring.

Natalie Richardson and Nate Maxcy of CrossFit Stand & Battle opted to move into garage gyms. Submitted photo

“Bringing it home has its benefits,” said Natalie Richardson, co-owner and director of operations. Her garage in The Villages was converted into a CrossFit gym in July.

The change allows the team to provide the classes and hours to meet the needs of their schedules as well as the clients they coach, she said.

Their business is an affiliate of CrossFit, Inc., an internationally known elite fitness regime designed to define fitness in a measurable way. The workout goal is fitness and health through functional movement and stability.

The business plan, structured on the CrossFit model, is unchanged. It’s just the location that is different.

“Our members are our community,” said co-owner Nate Maxcy, director of coaching. “We truly believe that the relationships we develop and the care and consideration of each other is how we motivate and support each other. We work together as a group.”

Formerly CrossFit 347, Stand & Battle operated out of Suite B102 at 21576 N. John Wayne Parkway. Richardson began her fitness career in pre-natal and post-natal fitness for moms with Stroller Strides. Maxcy has trained as an athlete with CrossFit for years and is also a captain with the Maricopa Fire Department.

When asked why they left the brick-and-mortar store, Maxcy and Richardson said it fit their lifestyle and budget, and the garage gym concept aligned with their philosophy of hands-on instruction. Making the decision to take the business home came as they were approaching a deadline for a new lease agreement. They were no longer willing to put their families at financial risk.

One challenge of moving from a storefront to a virtual or home-based site is convincing customers to come along, too.

Maxcy told clients he would understand if some of them were not comfortable with a garage-gym format while he knew others were introduced to CrossFit in a home gym.

Crate Coffee’s clientele was also disappointed to lose their community spot.

“Many folks are sad that our familiar location will no longer be available,” said Kramarczyk, who, though excited about the new business platform, described his own feelings as mixed. “Thank you to everyone that has crossed Crate Coffee’s threshold. My hope is that we take our shared experiences with us for the rest of our lives and look back on them fondly.”

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Murray Siegel

By Murray Siegel

Sequoia Pathway has two principals, one for the elementary grades and one for the secondary grades.

Last year’s high school principal, Dr. Alfonso F. Alva, was promoted to assistant superintendent. The new secondary principal is Diane Silvia, who grew up in New York and started her career in retail management. Seeking a slower pace and better climate, she and her family moved to Arizona, where she discovered a passion for teaching. She earned a master’s in educational leadership and joined Pathway in 2009, holding various teaching and administrative positions.

Last year, Pathway piloted several new programs to enhance the quality of curriculum and instruction, such as Galileo and Alpine Data Management Systems. Silvia believes these programs will continue to improve the school’s effectiveness. When asked about the new school year, she stated, “I am excited about spearheading our mission at Pathway, which is to cultivate a community of excellence through pride and appreciation for our surroundings, education and self.”

The elementary principal is Rachael Lay, who grew up in Houston, Texas, and holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from NAU and a master’s in administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix. She has been in education 13 years and has been principal at Pathway for seven years.

Lay points to the introduction of the Galileo set of academic tools and assessments this year, which has enhanced the daily classroom instruction. She looks forward to the new academic year due to the departmentalization of teaching in grades four through six and the addition of intramural sports.

Mat Reese is the principal at Leading Edge Academy (LEA) and was raised in Niagara Falls, New York. He left New York to attend ASU and received his undergraduate degree there. He received a master’s degree in administration from NAU. Reese was a teacher, coach and principal in public schools for 32 years. He joined LEA as its first principal in 2008.

He points with pride to the student- and parent-friendly nature of the campus, and he has an open-door policy that allows parents to see him without an appointment. His excitement for the new school year is the same anticipation he has each new year, watching students grow academically.

At Legacy Traditional School (LTS), the principal is Amy Sundeen. She grew up in Chicago and received a B.S. from Northern Illinois University. She moved to AZ in 2006 and decided to pursue a career in education through the post-baccalaureate program at Rio Salado College and obtained a master’s degree in educational administration. Joining LTS in 2008 as a special education teacher, she became school principal in 2016.

Sundeen believes in the success of the back-to-basics curriculum which is combined with a fine arts program. She is looking forward to continued success with the new VEX Robotics program this year.

This column appears in the August issue of InMaricopa.

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Lucy Everingham and Rick Gibson, Governing Board President cut the ribbon at the Mel A. Everingham Student Union. Submitted photo


By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

Central Arizona College officially celebrated the opening for the new Science Building and Mel A. Everingham Student Union at the Signal Peak Campus on Tuesday, Aug. 21. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at each building.

CAC welcomed Lucy Everingham, wife of the late Mel A. Everingham, and her family for this special occasion. Everingham served as CAC president from 1973-1984.

Jackie Elliott, CAC President stated, “Students will experience TRUE Learning opportunities in the state of the art learning spaces of our science building and the Mel A. Everingham Student Union will be a destination for our students and community members.”

The new science building features nine teaching labs and associated prep spaces, a Maker Space/STEM classroom, faculty offices, support spaces and student gathering areas.

Austin King with DPR Construction shared unique features of the building. “Prefabricated panels were used for the exterior skin, providing greater quality control and faster construction times than conventional methods.”

Daniel Childers of Architekton exclaimed, “The efficient and functional learning space of the science building is designed to draw and engage students in a 21st Century education atmosphere.”

The Mel A. Everingham Student Union is home to the Vaquero Lounge, meeting rooms, campus bookstore, public safety offices, a café and dining hall, and outdoor stage that opens to the green space.

Childers said, “The Student Union’s centralized location and easy access will make it an icon on campus; a welcoming home to all students, faculty and athletes to socialize and relax.”



The Maricopa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and City of Maricopa host the first roundtable luncheon and open discussion on current challenges small-business owners face growing their business.

The event is Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Arizona Community College. Deadline to RSVP is Sept. 10.

The luncheon is free.

“Small businesses are important influencers of economic growth keep our economy moving,” Business Development Specialist Ayesha Maxwell said. “Maricopa has a large population of small businesses and we would like to focus on scaling those businesses to capacity and working with organizations like SBDC to help facilitate technical assistance.”

Organizers want stories and feedback from Maricopa business owners regarding their goals and obstacles they face. A better understanding of the experiences of Maricopa small-business owners will help to create strategic programming and educational workshops specifically designed to develop businesses.

The college is at 17945 Regent Drive. Click to register

Stay tuned for workshops on:

  • Marketing
  • Access to Capital
  • Financial Business Planning
  • Capacity Building Training
  • Business Planning
  • Business Certifications
  • Google: Get your business online

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Christine Dickinson


By Christine Dickinson

In November of 2016, the voters of Maricopa passed a maintenance and operations override for our school district. Voters were educated on the three main goals of this override:

1. Lower class sizes through the hiring new educators

2. Increase instructional technology

3. Allow for expanded instructional programs including an alternative high school program at Maricopa High School.

No one worked harder on the override campaign than Councilmember Vincent Manfredi.

Vince arranged for weekly meetings, which were often attended by fellow Councilman Henry Wade and Constable Bret Roberts (candidate for LD11 House seat), but meetings were just the tip of the iceberg for this campaign. Councilmember Manfredi organized fundraisers, phone banks, social media coverage and neighborhood canvassing. Vince sacrificed time with his family to help Maricopa organize and run an effective campaign.

The override positions were filled prior to the beginning of the 2017 school year and helped to lower the class sizes in MUSD and provide for support positions within the District. Nearly 600 student laptops were purchased and ready to use on the first day of the school year. RAM Academy was also up and running for students seeking an alternative program for graduation within Maricopa Unified.

None these accomplishments would not have been possible without the hard work of Councilman Manfredi and the team.

I was proud to be the staff liaison for the election that year and see the countless hours that Vince put into the campaign. I am proud of the partnership that City Council has formed with our schools to strengthen community involvement in our schools. I am also proud to see Councilmember Wade at nearly every School Board meeting I attend.

With all of this said I am so proud to see two of our councilmembers being so involved in our schools in so many facets. In case you did not know, they have also served on our annual MUSD20 District Budget Committees, attend many extra-curricular activities and donate time to our schools.

I am proud to vote for incumbents Henry Wade and Vincent Manfredi for Maricopa City Council and ask everyone to do the same.

Christine Dickinson is a technology integration specialist at MUSD.



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By Julia Gusse and Derek Jeske

Maricopa American Legion Baseball Post #133 has been in existence since 2012. This is the only program in Maricopa for young men (ages 13-19) that is free of charge and ran by veterans and civilian volunteers. American Legion baseball prides itself on strong ethics and developing Americanism amongst our players. On Fourth of July we had the opportunity to play our third annual Community Softball Game (Community Leaders vs. Legion Baseball team), an opportunity for us to have fun and collaborate with our home town community.

In the past years our Legion players have enlisted in the military; Axel Uriarte (Army), Jacob Owings (Air Force) and in a few weeks Kevin McDill will be headed out to Marine Corps basic training. Last year for the first time in our program’s history one of our players, Jackson Stensguard, went off to play at Winona State College in Minnesota; he remains on that team as a sophomore this fall.

Our small program has been developing these young men throughout the years to represent Maricopa and it is with great pride that we announce our four Legion players that have committed to play college ball this Fall; Mason Williamson (Northeastern Junior College, Colorado) Taylor Belcher and Tyler Belcher (Colorado Mesa University, Colorado) and Andres Gusse (Manhattan Christian College, Kansas).

We want to thank all our local sponsors and especially our coaches for their leadership and dedication to these young men. On behalf of the Bernie G. Crouse, American Legion Post 133, we want to wish these young men a successful military career and college baseball year.

Julia R. Gusse is Post #133 Legion Baseball Coordinator
Derek Jeske is Post Commander

Kevin McDill. Submitted photo
Andres Gusse. Submitted photo

Bark for Life is set Oct. 6 at Copper Sky Dog Park.

By Trisha Paige

According to the American Cancer Society, one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime.  For the past eight years, Maricopa has been doing its part to try to bring that number down by participating in the Relay For Life of Maricopa.

Relay For Life is the single largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and has been hosted in many cities all over the country and even internationally.  Throughout the years, our community’s event alone has raised well over $350,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Though Relay For Life of Maricopa is still our cities largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society they have decided to branch out for the dog lovers in our city.  A new feeder event is in the works for Maricopa called Bark For Life.  This event will take place in and around the dog park at Copper Sky Recreational Complex on Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hosting this event will make Maricopa stand out in the cancer fighting crowd. In 2017 there were only two active Bark For Life events in the entire state of Arizona, neither one in Pinal County.  The Rely For Life of Maricopa committee hopes that this event will be the first in a long line of outside the box ideas to bring Cancer awareness to our city.

The registration fee will include an event bandana for your dog, entry into several contests for prizes and a luminaria bag that can be decorated and displayed at the Relay For Life of Maricopa event on Nov. 3 also at Copper Sky.  Among other things, there will be food trucks, pet related vendor tables, contests, demonstrations and pet adoptions. Proceeds will all go to the American Cancer Society by way of the Relay For Life of Maricopa.

If you would like additional information about volunteering or registering, go to the event website at or contact Rio Hicks or Kevin Paige at

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Longtime resident Rick Brower is a mix of Arizona's past and future. Photo by Mason Callejas

By Fran Lyons

Rick Brower has stories steeped in Arizona history, especially Maricopa history.

He’ll tell you his philosophy for life is, “Keep it simple. Be close to nature. Be close to what matters most to you.” While not necessarily living “a simple life,” his easy-going style and relaxed attitude give credence to his words.

Brower and his family have lived in the Maricopa area for 30 years. His life has been one of ranching, military service, ministry and now biological compounds.

“I remember when 347 was a two-lane highway and the only place to shop was the mercantile store,” he said. “Napa Auto was here, and there were three tire stores. Of course, we had the Headquarters Restaurant, to boot. This was a time when Maricopa had a population of about 1,500 people. Things have changed since then.”

Brower is the archetype of the Western Man. Maybe he’d even admit to being a cowboy.

Born back east, he moved with his family to the West when he was a small boy. They settled a 40-acre ranch between Black Canyon City and New River, where they raised cattle and horses. Brower grew up working on the ranch and living on a beautiful expanse of land. This is where he became an Arizonan, he said. The western life suited him well.

He entered the Army in 1980 ready to serve his country and spent the first two years of service in the infantry. His military career provided the opportunity to travel and explore the world. He became part of the Quartermasters Corps as a staff sergeant and army engineer working in logistics.

“I had to overcome my shyness when I became a military instructor,” he said. “The military trained me to become a professional educator.”

In the winter of 1990, Brower was deployed to Operation Desert Storm, where he functioned as an engineer/operations manager paving roads, opening supply routes and advocating humanitarian efforts in support of the mission. He returned from ODS in June of 1991.

He retired in 2002. Among the awards Brower earned for his service are a Bronze Star, four Army Commendation medals and 1986 Army Soldier of the Year Commendation. In the 35 missions he was involved in, no lives were lost.

Nestled within this framework of time, Brower met his future wife, Mary Wickes, an Army demolitions expert/engineer. They decided on living in Maricopa and married in the old Court House before settling in Hidden Valley in 1988.

“I love the weather,” he said, “like living local and being in the central desert.”

Between them, Rick and Mary have five children and 20 grandchildren. All their kids went to Maricopa High School. The love of family and friends is natural for the Browers, as is the love for animals and mother nature herself.

Rick is ordained and known to the locals as the “Marrying Minister,” There is a two-story gazebo with a dance floor on their property. It is a family hub where weddings, holidays and graduations are celebrated in a grand, western, traditional style.

Since 2008, he has worked as facility general manager in organic biologics to improve crops, the latest in a life of changes.

Brower loves to read books by the western author Louis L’Amour, who summed up the cycles of life Brower himself embodies: “There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.”

This story appears in the August issue of InMaricopa.


Submitted by Rep. Mark Finchem

Mark Finchem (submitted photo)

On Aug. 15, a news release was circulated by the City of Maricopa that claimed, “The Arizona Legislature Increased your Taxes,” going on to say, “the Arizona Legislature passed and the Governor signed Senate Bill 1529, which significantly changed school funding in selected districts across the state.” At least the press release got that part right, but a significant element of the truth was conspicuously missing.

For decades school districts have received “Desegregation supplemental funding” from both local property taxes (by way of the Primary Property Tax) and from the State General Fund. SB 1529, moved the desegregation supplemental funding from the Primary Property Tax load, to the Secondary Property Tax load, making those school districts who have been collecting Desegregation supplemental funding from the state, accountable for the use of the money to school district residents affected.

When the Legislature first began supplementing local school districts with gap-funding it was an arrangement to ease the strain on local budgets caused by the taxpayer approved 1 percent Property Tax Cap, and the arrangement was to be temporary. Over the years, the urgency to solve segregation was replaced with a sense of entitlement continuation, even though the money was intended to end segregation. In the case of MUSD, the only reason the State has funded desegregation is to address Maricopa’s property tax collection, that is over the 1 percent tax cap. Those school districts that are not over the 1 percent Property Tax Cap, and are under an OCR order to desegregate have never received money from the State, (Phoenix Union is an example). This a problem because the Pinal County and City of Maricopa governmental bodies have made it a problem with their spending habits.

During the 2016 Legislative Session, LD-11 Representatives Vince Leach and Mark Finchem asked about questions generated by the State Auditor General posed to then MUSD School Superintendent Steve Chestnut, “Where is $1,000,000 annually sent to MUSD going; what are you spending it on since after all of these years you have not achieved ‘unitary status’ (desegregation?” His response was short and illustrative of the condition of financial management in many school districts. He simply said, “I don’t know.” In fact, the Superintendent had to check with the Office of Civil Rights to find out how the money was supposed to be spent.

If desegregation has not ended, one is left to ask the tough question, why not? Is it a lack of political will? Or is it that desegregation has been achieved, but the school districts want to keep the tap open and taxpayer money flowing without accountability?

The News Release [also] claims, “The State Legislature passed a law that instituted a secondary property tax without putting it to a vote of those affected, which we believe is illegal and unconstitutional.” This is not a new tax, it is a tax moved from on funding source to another, putting the responsibility for funding on the community that uses the school system, and not other communities that do not have a segregation compliance problem with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

The truth is that with SB 1529, Arizona’s poorer, rural counties are no longer be asked to pay for the inability of allegedly segregated school districts to achieve desegregation, called “unitary status’ by the DOJ, OCR. It is important to emphasize, the money has been set aside for the highly specific purpose of desegregation. And while the News Release claims, “The responsibility for this new tax lies with the State Legislature and the Governor,” the real responsibility lies with the body that spends the money, not with the one that provides the funding.

The salient question for the residents of the City of Maricopa to ask is, “Why has MUSD desegregation not been achieved, is it because of a lack of political will to make the changes needed to desegregate?” Could it be that desegregation has already been achieved and the money is now redirected to another use? Or is it just shear incompetence on behalf of those who are supposed to be stewards of the public funds?

SB 1529 has corrected an inequity, namely taxation without representation. Arizona City residents don’t want to pay MUSD taxes for desegregation when they have precious few dollars for their own children education. It is indeed curious that the Board of Supervisors should have been told by their staff that not all the Desegregation Districts have a 1-percent cap tax problem, and that no state money flows to them thru the supplement, but only to those districts that are evading the vote of the voters that came from SB 1080, a vote to limit taxation on property to 1 percent.

Might it have something to do with the county rate of 3.75 percent (among the highest in the state) and the City of Maricopa at 5 percent (very high if not the highest city rate), leaving only 1.25 percent for CAC and MUSD to fight over?  We, of course, know they don’t–so all collectively go over the 1 percent cap-leaving the shortage for the rest of the state taxpayers to make up.  And the State gets the blame because local taxing jurisdictions can’t or won’t curtail spending?

The time has come for residents of the district to hold their locally elected school board officials, City and even County elected officials accountable for what they are doing with the tax dollars that they have been entrusted with.

Additional information can be found at

Mark Finchem, a Republican, represents LD 11 in the Arizona House of Representatives.

By Ralph Atchue

Ralph Atchue

The City of Maricopa is letting its citizens know that Arizona’s governor and state Legislature has instituted a secondary property tax without a vote by those affected.  The city’s (8/15/18) press release sounds the alarm that they believe the action “is illegal and unconstitutional.”  The city also cites the threat of “serious financial penalties” for noncompliance.

I find it amazing that these GOP elected officials were too afraid of tarnishing their NRA ratings to take any steps toward protecting schools.  They couldn’t find the time to continue funding health care for Arizona’s low-income children.  They didn’t take even a moment to meet with the #RedforEd teachers – instead closed their doors and ran down the back stairs.

Yet, this governor and state representatives found the time and energy to get together in the basement of the capital and stick it to the homeowners and small businesses of the city of Maricopa.  Led by Rep. Vince Leach, at the last possible minute, under the cover of dark, the GOP snuck into the budget a property tax increase for Maricopa Unified School District.  This action was taken after they vowed to not raise anyone’s taxes.

I not only support the city and residents of Maricopa in calling this action “illegal and unconstitutional,” I call on all LD11 voters to join in this fight.  It’s time to stop voting for legislators who fail to stand with those they were elected to represent.  I urge you to put party affiliation aside and vote to protect your right to honest, open and transparent government.

Ralph Atchue is a Democratic candidate for State Senate – LD11. 

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All of Arizona’s executive offices are up for election in 2018. Most have primary competition. Below learn more about the candidates and see some in action at the Town Hall.


Doug Ducey

Incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has had an eventful four years and has a lush campaign fund to rely on. Border security, the opioid epidemic and the Department of Child Safety have all been heavy issues in which he touts success. But it has been education funding that came to a head this year, and pushback from the #RedForEd movement may have made him vulnerable.

Ken Bennett. Photo by Angelica Ramis

Though Ducey has called him a “fringe” candidate, Republican Ken Bennett was Arizona’s secretary of state for six years and served in the Legislature for eight years before that. But his most recent primary campaigns in 2014 and 2016 were failures.

Democrat David Garcia, a professor who narrowly lost a bid to be superintendent of public instruction four years ago, is coming back as a candidate for governor. He has portrayed the current administration as corrupt and obstructive.

Kelly Fryer. Photo by Alayja Reynolds

Democrat Kelly Fryer of Tucson, the CEO of YWCA Southern Arizona and former minister, calls education a basic human right. She says the state should have a 15-county economic development plan.

Steve Farley is a Democratic legislator and currently the assistant Senate minority leader. A graphic artist with his own business, he says Ducey has mishandled healthcare, education, economy and immigration.

Write-in candidates for governor are Republican Robert Weber, Democrat Fareed Baig and Green Party member Angel Torres.


Michele Reagan

Secretary of State Michele Reagan, a former legislator, has a Republican rival in the primary as she tries to keep her office. Though she’s had success in records-keeping upgrades and improving connections with county recorders since a 2017 falling-out, her handling of election issues has come under scrutiny.

Steve Gaynor

Well-financed with his own money, pro-Trump Republican Steve Gaynor says Reagan’s office has gotten away with breaking the law in its election procedures and needs to stop wasting money.

Katie Hobbs

Facing no opposition in the Primary, Democrat Katie Hobbs also wants to be secretary of state. A social worker and state legislator, Hobbs calls the current office incompetent.

Libertarian Jenn Gray is running as a write-in.


There is no primary competition in the race for Arizona attorney general. Each candidate, including a write-in, are the only nominees in their respective parties.

Mark Brnovich

Republican incumbent Mark Brnovich was previously director of Arizona Department of Gaming. In his first year as AG, he successfully argued for the state in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission before the U.S. Supreme Court.

January Contreras

Democrat January Contreras was an assistant attorney general for Arizona in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section. She was an assistant director at Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System and was a senior adviser to former Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano during the Obama administration.

For the Libertarian party, Michael Kielsky is running as a write-in.


Kimberly Yee

After previous Treasurer Jeff DeWitt resigned in 2018 and left the state, Eileen Klein was assigned to replace him, and she is not seeking election. With no incumbent running, the Treasurer’s Office has drawn the attention of two Republicans and one Democrat.

Kimberly Yee has the been the front-runner, backed early on by the state’s most powerful GOP leaders. A state senator, she spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Her bachelor’s degrees are in political science and English and her masters is in public administration.

Jo Ann Sabbagh

Republican Jo Ann Sabbagh is an accountant residing in Tucson, where she owns her own business and is a past president of the Arizona Association of Accounting & Tax Professionals. She is the only accounting professional who has ever run for state treasurer.

Mark Manoil

Democrat Mark Manoil has no primary competition remaining on the ballot. He is a property tax lawyer. He has said there are solutions to the education funding problem, and it starts with better spending.


Diane Douglas

Republican incumbent Diane Douglas has several in her own party as well as Democrats after her job as head of the Education Department.

There was a movement to recall her before she was even sworn in, an effort that has continued to shadow her. Opponents said she was not qualified and did not understand the job. Disputes with the state education board rose to the level of two lawsuits by the board. A former governing board member at Peoria Unified School District, she seeks to water down the teaching of evolution in public schools.

Bob Branch

Republican Bob Branch, PhD, is a dissertation chair at the University of Phoenix and is director of Parks & Recreation for Maricopa County. He aligns himself with the Tea Party and President Trump.

Jonathan Gelbart

Republican Jonathan Gelbart has a master’s degree in engineering from Stanford University and was director of Charter School Development for BASIS Charter Schools in Arizona.

Tracy Livingston. Photo by Angelica Ramis

Republican Tracy Livingston is a K-12 teacher, member of the Maricopa Community College Governing Board and, like Douglas, a former board member at Peoria Unified.

Frank Riggs

Republican Frank Riggs has been a “gang of seven” U.S. Congressman, a police officer, a school board president and an MP in the U.S. Army. He authored the Charter School Expansion Act of 1998.

Kathy Hoffman

Democrat Kathy Hoffman is an educator and speech therapist at Peoria Unified School District. She has spent her professional career in public schools in Tucson and Phoenix.

David Schapira. Photo by Angelica Ramis

Democrat David Schapira is a former state legislator and Tempe City Councilmember. He taught high school and at ASU. The Mesa native was administrator at East Valley Institute of Technology.


Sandra Kennedy. Photo by Victor Moreno

Two of the ACC’s five seats are up for election, with both Republican incumbents seeking reelection. They are challenged by three other Republicans and three Democrats. In recent years, the ACC has been embroiled in cases of alleged bribery and conflict of interest.

Former commissioner Sandra Kennedy wants to get back on the commission and is running as a team with fellow Democrat and former commissioner Bill Mundell. She

Bill Mundell

previously served in the state Legislature. She says she is running to stop the corruption of the ACC.

Bill Mundell, an attorney, also served in the state Legislature before he served 10 years on the ACC. He was director of the Registrar of Contractors.

Kiana Sears. Photo by Victor Moreno

Democrat Kiana Sears is member of the Mesa Public School Governing Board. She has a master’s degree in public administration. She was a water and wastewater executive consultant for the ACC.

Republican incumbent Tom Forese thought of running for state treasurer but changed his mind. He served in the state Legislature and now chairs the ACC. Before politics, he was director of Link-Systems International.

A Democrat-turned-Republican, attorney Rodney

Jim O’Connor

Glassman was a member of the Tucson City Council and interim town manager in Cave Creek, and served on the board of Arizona Farm Bureau.

Republican Jim O’Connor, at 72, has never run for office before. He is an investment advisor who rewrote California’s investment statute.

Justin Olsen. Photo by Victor Moreno

Republican incumbent Justin Olson is a former state legislator. Ducey appointed him to the ACC after Doug Little resigned. Olson is a tax analyst.

Eric Sloan. Photo by Victor Moreno

Eric Sloan is CEO of Sloan Lyons Public Affairs and worked at Arizona Department of Gaming. He is a Republican precinct committeeman.


There is no primary for the mine inspector campaign, with one Democrat and one Republican on the ballot and a Libertarian write-in.

Incumbent Republican Joe Hart is a former state representative and has first elected inspector in 2006. He was formerly safety inspector for a mining company and a trucking company and owned a broadcast company, working as a broadcaster himself.

Democrat Bill Pierce has worked as an engineer for 40 years and is certified through Mining Safety Health Administration and OSHA. He is trained through the EPA and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He is challenging Hart, he says, because the department needs more oversight.

Write-in candidate Kim Ruff is a Libertarian.

This story appeared in part in the August issue of InMaricopa.

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Amanda Stanford and Scott McKee are vying for the Republican nomination for clerk of Superior Court. No other party has a candidate.

In charge of Pinal County Superior Court records, including juror lists, the clerk of the court is responsible for the organization and knowledge of the state’s public records law.

Both candidates running for the office claim integrity and efficiency. They are also both Republican.

Incumbent Amanda Stanford was first elected in 2014. She opened offices in Maricopa and San Tan Valley in an attempt at more convenience for residents. An accountant by trade, she is a certified trainer for Arizona counties in Minimum Accounting Standards and has proposed more modern procedures for the clerk’s office.

But opposition to Stanford has been heated from the beginning from some Republicans. Within a year, her office was embroiled in controversy enhanced by uncorroborated personal gossip within the party. Publicly, she accused then-County Attorney Lando Voyle’s office of causing “several hundred” security breaches in court files, an accusation that caused a rift between the two offices. An audit by the Administrative Office of the Courts later determined there had been instances of unauthorized access to files, though fewer than implied.

She has worked in the clerk’s office for 10 years and is working toward completion of the Certified Court Executive Program. She has three children.

Challenging Stanford in the Republican primary is political newcomer Scott McKee, a financial manager who lives in San Tan Valley.

He wants to exceed the minimum standards of efficiency and take full advantage of the Civil Case E-Filing program. McKee has no background with either the clerk’s office or Stanford personally, but was asked to run by other Republicans. McKee is married with six children.

Whoever wins the primary will face no opposition in the general election unless a write-in candidate joins the fray.

This item appears in part in the August issue of InMaricopa.

Jerry Walp speaking to visitors in the garden at the Maricopa Agricultural Center. Submitted

By Julie Olson

Master Gardener Julie Olson

Midsummer is a great time to start planning the fall vegetable garden.

Draw the garden to scale in air-conditioned comfort. A crowed garden won’t yield or grow to potential.

Plant spacing recommendations
Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and brussels sprouts:
Rows 30 inches wide, plants spaced 20 inches apart
Leafy greens like lettuce, chard and kale: 20-inch rows with 5-6-inch plant spacing
Radishes and spinach: 20-inch rows
Peas: 2-3 inches apart if grown on a fence or trellis to provide more garden space

Selecting seed varieties is a fun part of gardening. Check the days to maturity on the packet. The desert season is shorter than normal, so quicker-maturing vegetables are better. Make copies of the seed packet information for later reference.

After drawing the garden plot and deciding what to plant, the next step is removing dead plants and debris. The soil may need amendments of fertilizer and compost if a summer garden was grown. September is a good time to start planting seeds as they like warm soil for germination. If using transplants, wait three to four weeks. Irrigation lines should also be checked and repaired. Watering problems are much easier to fix before planting.

Plants and seeds need to be protected from birds and ground squirrels. It`s very discouraging to find a row of holes where peas were planted. Birds will also eat tender new leaves and stems. A light-weight row cover or netting may be needed. Netting should be high enough to prevent birds from poking through to the plants.

Check daily for insect problems. A strong spray of water on the leaf undersides will knock off aphids. Insecticidal soaps will control many pests. Companion planting is another pest control. Onions and garlic help protect broccoli and cabbage from cabbage loopers which eat three times their weight every day.

Weeds are another garden pest that steal water and nutrients, crowd out and shade vegetables. Don`t forget to mark the rows. Plastic knives with plant names written on them make good row markers.

By mid-October radishes and other short-season crops can be harvested. Vegetables harvested at their peak are most nutritious.

Cut the first leaves of swiss chard when 4 to 6 inches, let the next ones grow 6 to 8 inches. Harvest greens when young and dark green for best flavor. Old leaves will become bitter. Pick broccoli when heads are dark blue green and compact. Cabbage should be firm, crisp and rich green in color.

Enjoy fall vegetables through January and February, then it`s time to plant for summer.


Julie Olson is a Master Gardener and Maricopa resident.

This column appears in the August issue of InMaricopa.



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Bernadette Russoniello

By Bernadette Russoniello

‘Where are you going to college?” “What’s your major?” “Where do you want to go to school?” Unfortunately, these questions are far too common for the average teen. We place incredible pressure on students to pick their college of choice; we even measure or judge students by their college ambitions.

The focus of meaningful college and career-ready conversations needs to shift to career. What career do you want? What major will help you attain your career plans? Where do you want to work?

The entire purpose of post-secondary education is to attain specific skills, knowledge and experiences to better prepare us for a career. At the secondary level, we tend to put too much emphasis on the two to eight years of college we prepare students for, rather than the 40 to 50 years that will span their working life.

We need to shift the conversation from college and career to college FOR career.

Why the push for college? Estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate the average earnings for those with college degrees or certified credentials almost double that of a high school graduate. The same statistics show unemployment rates decrease by the same margins.

What is college? When I speak with students, I explain that college is any form of post-secondary education or training that prepares them for a career. College can take many forms apart from the four-year university, including trade schools, certification or licensure, community college, apprenticeships or the military. I challenge students to first consider what they want from life – what do they value? Is it money? Family? Lifestyle? Purpose? What do they consider a “good income”? Once these questions are prioritized, we can dive into possible directions and pathways for their consideration.

When students consider career options, they need to consider how potential careers match their income needs and how the job fits their lifestyle needs and desires.

There are many resources available online to help provide students guidance and direction in career aspirations. A good starting point is the Myers-Briggs-type indicator. Most universities have some form of an interest profiler and major match available on their websites.

Arizona State offers the Me3 assessment, an online picture-based inventory while University of Arizona offers Degree Search, a clickable interactive checklist of criteria to help match students with their best possible field.

Remember, a goal without a plan is just a wish. Research and set your career goals, determine what school or program will best fit those plans, and start building relevant skills and experiences to achieve your dreams.

Bernadette Russoniello is the Career and College coordinator at Maricopa High School. She can be reached at

This column appears in the August issue of InMaricopa.

A1C Louis Chavez working on an F-16 in Texas. Submitted photo

Two former cadets from the Maricopa High School Air Force Junior ROTC program recently updated current cadets on their military status.

Airman 1st Class Louis Chavez graduated from Aircraft Electronic and Environmental Systems Specialist Technical School at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. He stopped by MHS Monday to talk to the AFJROTC cadets. He is now on his way to his first duty assignment at the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Mildenhall Air Base, England.

Andrew Bounsone is in the U.S. Army. Submitted photo

Andrew Bounsone graduated from U.S. Army basic training. He will become a tactical power generation specialist (91D). He will be responsible for supervising and performing maintenance and overhaul of power-generation equipment, internal combustion engines and associated equipment in mobile and stationary power plants.

Chavez graduated from MHS in 2017, Bounsone in 2018.


Barry Goldman

By Barry R. Goldman


Like the ‘60’s mantra, “Question Authority”, I regularly do.

The Constable is the second elected official in the Justice Court. The public needs to have
confidence in that person. They have to have trust in his competence and honesty. Like the
Justice of the Peace, the Constable requires integrity and good moral character. That’s what I
find in Bill Griffin.

I was interested to see this past weekend’s forum event at Maricopa High School. Sitting on the
sidelines, I watched and listened as the three Constable candidates (two for the Republican
nomination) answered questions. Interesting to note, the one member from the audience who
notably was chosen to stand up and ask questions is the ardent supporter and endorser of the
candidate I find totally unqualified to be Constable.

His candidate provided what was obviously a well-rehearsed answer.

Trust placed in our elected officials is a curious business, especially during a campaign season.
People who want to come into office, endorsed by political insiders, incumbents and other
candidates who themselves leave much to be desired are the most dubious in my opinion. I
question the motives of politicians who have nothing to offer and do nothing in office, but got
there because of their name (“Oh, look, that street is the same name as ours, Honey!”). I
question endorsements that are done in exchange for political patronage, rather than on
qualifications and a desire for the public good.

Like I said, I question authority.

If I put something in writing, I do so because it is truly what I believe. A candidate who gets an
endorsement because he worked on another’s campaign or is friends with a political insider,
rather than on his own merits is not a candidate I would trust.

When I find a candidate who is truly honest, wants to serve the public and has the morals and
integrity to go along with the job, I will support him or her.

My support for Bill Griffin is based on those findings. Bill Griffin is a man who has earned my
trust. The Constable is the second elected official in the Justice Court. That’s a position of trust.
Griffin is the only Republican candidate who has the moral integrity and experience to be our
next Constable, and bring honesty and trust back to the Maricopa/Stanfield Constable’s office.
He’s earned my vote. I hope he has yours.


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Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court may have a new name by the beginning of next year.

Wednesday, Pinal County Board of Supervisors is set to approve renaming four of the six justice courts to comply with a 2017 redistricting plan. That included the creation of the JP1 district in the San Tan area.

The recommended new name for Maricopa/Stanfield (JP4) is Western Pinal County Justice Court. The name would take effect Jan. 1.

The San Tan court’s recommended new name is Pioneer Justice Court. JP2 will remain Casa Grande Justice Court. JP3 over Florence, Eloy and Coolidge will be Central Pinal Justice Court. JP5 over Superior, Mammoth, Kearny and Oracle will be Copper Corridor Justice Court though originally suggested as Prospector Justice Court. JP6 will remain Apache Junction Justice Court.

The names were proposed by the Judicial Redistricting Committee and sent to the Facilities Review Committee.

Oak & Fork at Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino. Submitted photo

Wine Spectator magazine announced Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino’s Oak & Fork restaurant won the 2018 Award of Excellence.

According to Wine Spectator, the Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Ranging in size from 90 selections to several hundred, these lists are well-focused and tend to emphasize discovery.

“When we opened Oak & Fork earlier this year, we set a goal of achieving this important milestone from Wine Spectator,” said Nate Kinstlinger, beverage operations manager of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino. “And we couldn’t be more proud of our team for this recognition.”

Oak & Fork and was opened as part of a multi-million-dollar expansion of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino & Hotel.

This item appears in the August issue of InMaricopa.

submitted photos

Today is the grand opening of the newest restaurant at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino.

Chop Block & Brew has dining and a lounge. The design was influenced by an art and design committee appointed by Ak-Chin Chairman Robert Miguel.

submitted photo

“The Community’s history and culture is depicted in the architecture, artwork and colors throughout the restaurant,” said Robert Livingston, general manager and regional president of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino.

The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, with gourmet burgers, steaks, prime rib and seafood. The full bar has more than 30 draft and bottled craft beers, cocktails and premium whiskey and scotch.

Livingston said the restaurant “offers the perfect blend of an upscale dining experience with the first-class customer service our valued guests have come to expect here at Harrah’s Ak-Chin.”

One of its signatures is a wood-burning mesquite grill.

Harrah’s Ak-Chin is part of Caesar’s Entertainment. The casino continues its multimillion-dollar expansion. That expansion has already included the opening of a parking garage, Oak & Fork restaurant and a pedestrian bridge to UltraStar Multi-tainment Center. It will soon include a spa and conference center and 200 more hotel rooms.

“We take pride in offering our guests a comfortable and inviting entertainment experience,” Livingston said.

At 3,454 square feet, Chop Block & Brew has seating for 159. It features Native American-inspired artwork and design elements that highlight the culture and traditions of the Ak-Chin Indian Community.

Chop Block & Brew service schedule:

Restaurant Hours:
Thursday through Sunday: Noon-3 p.m.

Sunday through Thursday: 4-9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 4-10 p.m.

Lounge Hours:
Sunday through Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – midnight

By Steve Gillingham

Having a background in the financial industry, a candidate’s financial record-keeping is one of the items I consider when choosing a candidate. Compliance to the financial rules and deadlines speaks volumes on the candidate’s integrity, transparency, accountability, attention to detail and the ability to read and follow instructions.

Any candidate committee with financial activity is required to file quarterly financial reports, including schedules of activities. All reports are deemed filed under penalty by perjury by the committee treasurer and the candidate. These reports are easily viewed online by the public.

I believe a constable must possess the highest integrity, have good record-keeping habits and pay attention to details. I reviewed the finance reports filed by the committees for the three candidates for Pinal County [Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court] constable and I was surprised by what I found.

LaFond filed as a committee in November of 2017. A fourth-quarter 2017 financial report was filed on time and included a committee number. They reported an income $430 in loans but did not list the source or amounts of the loans on the detail page. The first quarter 2018 report was filed on time but failed to list the ending balance from the fourth quarter 2017 report as the starting balance for the first quarter 2018. Where did that money go? They report spending about $538 but list no detail as to where it was spent or for what purpose.

A second-quarter 2018 report was filed on time and again they failed to list the $1,991 ending balance from first quarter as the starting balance. They apparently did not follow the instructions on the form and duplicated the income from the first-quarter on the second quarter form, instead of listing just the income for the second quarter. The committee spent over $2,800 but none of these expenses are detailed. What was the money spent on? They are required to include details.

Morrison’s committee filed on June 20, 2017. Since the filing was so late in the quarter, there was no requirement to file a financial report for second quarter. They filed financial reports for third quarter 2017, fourth quarter 2017, and first and second quarter 2018. All were filed on time. All reports have a committee number. All reports list the income and expenditures in detail, listing the source of the income, and what the expenditures were used for.

All reports list the ending balance from one quarter as the starting balance of the next quarter (a proper accounting procedure). Income from each quarter is listed separately on the proper form and the source is documented. They attached a listing of all the donors, including their addresses and occupations.

The Griffin committee filed on 6/30/17. They too had no requirement to file a second quarter financial report. There was a financial report submitted for third quarter 2017, but the box for the committee number was not filled in and they did not check the proper box indicating which period the form was filed for. There is no filing date stamp from the county. The fourth-quarter 2017 form was filed on time, but again, no committee number and they did not check the proper box indicating which period it is filed for. The first quarter 2018 report was filed late – one day past the required reporting period. This time they did indicate which reporting period the report was for, but still did not enter the committee number. The second-quarter 2018 report was filed on time and again had no committee number. The glaring problem with all of this committee’s reports is that the “no financial activity” box was checked on every cover page, and the committee reports no income and no expenses since June 30, 2017. Is this possible? I wonder where the funds came from to pay for all the signs, literature, and giveaway items I have seen. He had a booth at two events that I know of, which he would have had to pay for.

It is easy to see that of the three committees, the Morrison committee has been the most diligent in preparing these forms, complying with the rules and instructions, been the most transparent, and paid attention to detail – all of these characteristics are very important in my choice for a constable.

I want someone who I can trust, and will follow proper procedures, rules, and regulations. I am certain I do not want to go back to the way it was during the term of Judge Sulley!

Steve Gillingham is a resident of Maricopa County.

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Candidates for the state House of Representatives in LD11 are (from left) incumbent Mark Finchem (R), Bret Roberts (R), Hollace Lyon (D), Barry McCain (D), Howell Jones (R)and Marcela Quiroz (D). Photo by Alayja Reynolds

Three Democrats and three Republicans are running for two seats in the state House of Representatives in Legislative District 11. Meet the candidates:



Mark Finchem (incumbent)

Mark Finchem (submitted photo)

City of residence: Oro Valley
Years in the District: 10
Previous cities: Detroit and Kalamazoo, Michigan
Occupation/previous occupations: Legislator, Realtor, software manufacturing, firefighter/law enforcement
Family: Married with 4 children
Political background: Currently serving second term as representative for Legislative District 11.

Mark Finchem supplied the following information:
As a two-term Representative in LD-1 Mark Finchem has stood firm for personal freedoms, economic security, quality education and a debt-free future for constituents. Originally from the mid-west, Mark has leveraged his work experience in law enforcement, computer software security and real estate to serve people in many different ways. As the front runner for House Majority Leader in the coming legislature term, he will give southern Arizona a seat at the leadership table.

Howell Jones

Howell Jones (submitted photo)

City of residence: Rural Pinal County (Maricopa)
Years in the District: 5
Previous cities of residence: Phoenix
Occupation/previous occupations: Retired carpenter
Family: Four grown daughters and grandchildren.
Political background: None
Other community service: Served on the Michigan City Urban Enterprise Board of Directors.

How will your election benefit the residents of Maricopa?
I am the outsider who owes no one anything. I am able to act in the best interest of the people to promote growth in the area.

What do you think was the best accomplishment of the most recent session of the Legislature and why?
I know the budget was a big issue but for me it would have to be S.B. 1394. I am pro-life and anything that can be done to save one I think is very important.

What was your biggest disappointment in the most recent session of the Legislature and why?
The reason I am running is to stop the Legislature from putting out bills that look good on the surface but do nothing to fix the problem they were meant to address.

In the wake of the #RedForEd movement and the education bill, how would you describe the current relationship between Legislators and Arizona teachers?
From what I have seen in the news the relationship is not very good.

What is the greatest change you would like to see in any department of Arizona government?
I believe there is always room for improvement in all departments but I think ADOT could use special attention. They are doing a good job but without constant improvements thing can get decline quickly.

How are you more qualified for a House seat than your Primary Election rivals?
I am not saying I am more qualified but that I bring a different perspective to the seat and I believe in term limits.

How will you stay connected with the concerns of your constituents during your term?
I will encourage people email me with their concerns and problems. I will also be looking at town hall type meetings if I can get enough people to participate.

Bret Roberts

Bret Roberts (submitted photo)

City of residence: Maricopa
Years in the District: 9.5
Previous cities of residence: Gilbert, Chandler & Tempe
Occupation/previous occupations: Pinal County Constable
Family: Married with 3 grown children and a two-month-old baby girl.
Political background: I am a Precinct Committeeman, State Committeeman and have been State Delegate, Presidential Elector, Sgt. At Arms for the Pinal county Republican Committee as well as the District 4 Vice Chair
Other community service: 2013 Graduate of Maricopa Leadership Academy, the second person to achieve Platinum Status in the Maricopa Advocate Program. I have also volunteered for the F.O.R. Food Bank, For Our City Maricopa, Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society & The Streets Don’t Love You Back a charitable organization.

How will your election benefit the residents of Maricopa?
First and foremost, my family and I have lived in the city of Maricopa since January of 2009. I have been serving, (pun intended) the city of Maricopa and the surrounding area as your elected Constable for going on four years now. As much as I can I intend to serve the constituents as equally as possible however, as a resident naturally you are a little more in tune with your immediate surroundings. Once elected I will continue to serve Maricopa’s residents in what I believe to be a more impactful position as their Representative at the legislature.

What do you think was the best accomplishment of the most recent session of the Legislature and why?
I am a supporter of education, and truly believe that education is one of the most critical issues in this state especially when it comes to economic development. Seeing that the legislature was able to get considerable additional revenue into Arizona’s education system with out raising our taxes is an impressive accomplishment.

What was your biggest disappointment in the most recent session of the Legislature and why?
One of Arizona’s most critical issues going on right now is most likely going largely unnoticed by most individuals outside of the agricultural community. To start it is a very complex issue, there are careers made on this one issue alone. For one reason or another one could say it doesn’t have that media spark to it like firearms or immigration. However, it is extremely important and only getting more so as time goes on. That issue is, water. We all need and use it. Even though I would like to have seen this issue resolved. It is a good thing that the proper time, care and consideration is being given to it. As the old saying goes “Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting.”

In the wake of the #RedForEd movement and the education bill, how would you describe the current relationship between Legislators and Arizona teachers?
It’s a work in progress. I believe that almost all of us care about education. Where we may have a difference of opinion is how do we go about achieving the goal.

What is the greatest change you would like to see in any department of Arizona government?
This is a personal issue for our family and I would like nothing more than to find a way to make it easier, even if it’s only a small percentage of the approximately 17 thousand children in the foster system in Arizona.

About two years ago we attempted to adopt a child from an out of state family member. Unfortunately it didn’t work out. During that time, we were told that we were not closely enough related to avoid all the red tape even though the mother was willing. Essentially, we had to go through everything like we were strangers. I understand the system must look out for the welfare of the child, however if there is a family member willing to take a child even if they are ten times removed I believe they should be able to do so and be allowed to complete all the needed details after. Especially if this will keep the child or children with family instead of being placed in the foster system.

How are you more qualified for a House seat than your Primary Election rivals?
My diverse background which includes past business ownership, the financial sector, transportation and currently your elected constable will all afford me the opportunity to see the issues that come across your representative’s desk with the capability of seeing these issues from many different perspectives. I believe this will be an advantageous skill set to a legislator. I am involved all year round and not just when the election seasons rolls around. You see me at Fry’s and at Native Grill. I am a part of this community as much as it is a part of me.

How will you stay connected with the concerns of your constituents during your term?
I have been involved in the Maricopa community in many ways for several years now. I intend to continue to do so. Naturally, I have broadened my involvement to include the rest of legislative district eleven and I Have been to Marana, Oro Valley, Saddlebrooke, Arizona City & Picture Rocks numerous times over the past year. All while maintaining the responsibilities of my current role. I will continue to make myself available once elected.


Hollace Lyon

Hollace Lyon (submitted photo)

City of residence: Pinal County with a Tucson address
Years in the District: 10
Previous cities of residence: All over the U.S. and in Belgium
Occupation/previous occupations: 7th grade math teacher, Retired Air Force colonel, IT consultant
Family: Married, no children, care for my 90 year old mother
Political background: Previously ran for the AZ House in 2014
Other community service: Co-founded and ran for four years, a charity golf tournament which raised over $60K for a Tucson non-profit. Member of Oro Valley American Legion, Post 132, member of NAACP.

How will your election benefit the residents of Maricopa?
Maricopa is a great community growing by leaps and bounds. Challenges are inherent with such rapid growth and the state must provide the investments in public education and modern infrastructure to help deal with those challenges. I will work to ensure real fiscal responsibility, where the taxpayers get what they are paying for, so that Maricopa has what it needs to manage its growth.

What do you think was the best accomplishment of the most recent session of the Legislature and why?
The increases to funding for public education. The continuance of Prop. 301 ensured our schools weren’t facing another cliff of lost funding in 2021, and the nine percent raise for teachers helped to begin to more appropriately compensate the most critical in-school factor for student achievement.

What was your biggest disappointment in the most recent session of the Legislature and why?
The inability of the Governor and Legislature to make any progress on dealing with our water crisis. Arizona is now in its 21st year of drought conditions, our mountain watersheds had the driest winter on record, flows in the Colorado River are well below normal this year, and Lake Mead is now reportedly less than two years away from hitting the 1,075 foot level which will drive significant cuts to the water supply for Pinal County agriculture and the state water bank.

Instead of actually working the solution, by refusing to develop an in-state plan with all stakeholders and not being fully engaged with the Western States Water Council, we risk not being at the table when decisions are made. Our state must speak with one voice and collaborate as a good partner with our neighbors to ensure we will have water when we need it.

In the wake of the #RedForEd movement and the education bill, how would you describe the current relationship between Legislators and Arizona teachers?
Teachers have a much better understanding of why our schools are still underfunded. They also know which legislators care about public education and which ones don’t, and they intend to hold those who don’t, accountable.

What is the greatest change you would like to see in any department of Arizona government?
If government is to do the work it needs to do, it must operate in an ethical manner with full transparency and accountability. That’s why I intend for my first piece of legislation to be about ethics reform.

How are you more qualified for a House seat than your Primary Election rivals?
I served 26 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Colonel. I commanded twice, taught war planning and while serving at NATO, and negotiated the deployment of nuclear planning assets between Turkey and Greece. While assigned to the Pentagon, I also negotiated a worldwide deal with Microsoft, which saved the Air Force $200 million and was lauded by the U.S. Senate as a model for our federal government.

I am a proven leader who knows how to reach across the aisle to get things done. I also understand the meaning of service and want to continue to serve, for the people of Maricopa and LD 11.

How will you stay connected with the concerns of your constituents during your term?
I’m glad you asked this question, because this is important to me. If elected, I will never forget that I work for my constituents. I intend to make myself available and responsive to my constituents in a variety of ways such as meetings on a rotating basis each Friday in LD 11’s various communities, regular email campaigns to keep constituents informed. I will also have an open door policy that encourages constituents to visit me at the Capitol.

Barry McCain

City of residence: Arizona City
Years in the District: 12
Previous cities of residence: Chandler
Occupation/previous occupations: Registered lobbyist for Arizona Veterans with Disabilities, U.S Navy (retired)
Political background: Ran for LD 11 in 2014 as a write-in candidate
Other community service: Pinal Partnership Transportation Committee

Barry McCain supplied the following information:
My name is Barry McCain. I am a born, raised and drafted out of Chandler High School. After a Navel Career I returned to my Arizona roots. Now, I am a Clean Elections Candidate for The Arizona House of Representatives in LD11; a Registered Lobbyist for Arizona Veterans With Disabilities and made sure the 347 was funded’ with the Mayor, at the State level because it is important to Maricopa. I also participate in Water and Transportation issue for the state.

Marcela Quiroz

Marcela Quiroz (submitted photo)

City of residence: Maricopa
Years in the District: 12
Previous cities of residence: Glendora and Colton, California
Occupation/previous occupations: Optician, Bank Teller, Substitute Teacher, SEI Teacher Coach, ELL Coordinator, Teacher.
Family: Married for 14 years, two adult children, a ten year old and legal guardian for special needs sibling.
Political background: N/A
Other community service: Religious Education teacher for 4 years. Volleyball Coach, Track Coach, and Club Sponsor. FOR volunteer. Maricopa Food Pantry Volunteer. Volunteer at Our Lady of Grace.

How will your election benefit the residents of Maricopa?
As a resident, I’m more than aware of the problems we face with the 347 and not having a 24-hour emergency room. I will support legislation that allows for 347 expansion, as well as legislation that creates opportunities for more medical businesses to come into Pinal County.

What do you think was the best accomplishment of the most recent session of the Legislature and why?
I’m a huge fan of Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, who sponsored senate bill SB 1390 renewing Prop. 301, a six-tenths of a percent sales tax for public schools.

What was your biggest disappointment in the most recent session of the Legislature and why?
My biggest disappointment was that the 20 by 2020 Teacher pay increase is not a permanent solution and was short sighted in how it defined a teacher, with no impact to everyone that works in public education, like district employees, front office staff, para professionals, therapists, coaches, or bus drivers.

In the wake of the #RedForEd movement and the education bill, how would you describe the current relationship between Legislators and Arizona teachers?
I think voters, not just teachers are ready to embrace legislators that are not working for special interest groups. Teachers have been open minded all along but are also now paying attention with eyes wide open.

What is the greatest change you would like to see in any department of Arizona government?
I would like to make sure departments other than the governor’s office are well paid as well as fully staffed, particularly in the area of corporate auditors.

How are you more qualified for a House seat than your Primary Election rivals?
I don’t see any of the candidates as rivals. I think we’re all very qualified. We’re all good people.

How will you stay connected with the concerns of your constituents during your term?
I will stay in contact as much as possible with the different LD11 Clubs and use google forms when I can to get feedback, but mostly, I would talk to the people.


By Gary Miller

Through our common ground to help better shape our local & state government to improve citizens’ quality of life, I have had many opportunities over the last six years to work with Vince Manfredi on the Pinal County Republican Committee, Board of Adjustment, Maricopa, AZ – Teenage Republicans and on the MUSD Override Committee.  Indeed, experience is why I will vote to re-elect Councilmember Manfredi to continue to serve this great city that we live in that is on a path to excellence.  His knowledge, experience and passion to serve & lead are transparent through all the hard work and dedication he has for the people of Maricopa and to his family.

Family First – Vince and his family are active in our community from working with nonprofits to youth sports. Vince and his wife Tina have raised three wonderful young adults. When you talk to him about his family you can sense he cares more for them than anything else.

As a City Council member, he has served on the City of Maricopa Zoning Code Re-write Task force, Central Arizona Governments Regional Council, Arizona League of Cities and Town Transportation Infrastructure and Public Works Committee and serves as an alternate member on the Pinal County Regional Transportation Authority. Over the years, he and his family have supported the success of many local organizations such as the Maricopa Little League, MHS Booster Club, Maricopa Food Bank, Maricopa Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Streets Don’t Love You Back, Maricopa American Legion and the Relay for Life to name a few.

You may not know this, but Vince was the first person in 2014 to encourage me to run for a seat on the MUSD Governing Board.  My faith in Vince’s leadership, his hard work and dedication for the success of MUSD, the students and their families, I personally asked him to chair the 2016 Override Committee. A lot of hard work went into the Override Committee and his “boots on the ground” approach was successful in passing an override after numerous unsuccessful attempts.

His quality leadership did provide students with more opportunities to achieve academic excellence, while competing with districts that already have an override in place. The Override added new instructional technology for students, hired 47 additional teachers to help lower class size (7 of which created the RAM Academy) and added Elementary Counselors.

His website ( does an excellent job of engaging with the community.  Also, to meet people where they are he sponsors Facebook Live Thursdays ( ).

I do believe Vince’s leadership has made a positive impact on people’s lives here in Maricopa. He also embraces what good leadership and hard work is about. I will be following the advice of Mayor Christian Price when he said, “I will be voting for Vincent Manfredi and I want the rest of Maricopa to join me!”

Gary Miller, Ph.D., is a Maricopa resident, a member of the Board of Adjustment and a member of the Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board.

By Robert Taylor

I am a Maricopa resident since 2009 and a law enforcement professional since 2006 with multiple commendations, including a medal of valor and three lifesaving medals. I am writing this as my personal endorsement for Glenn Morrison for the office of Constable.

As a member of the Sheriff’s Office Posse, Glenn has been my personal backup on many serious and stressful situations where without his interpersonal and de-escalation abilities, the incident would surely have escalated and become much more dangerous. I would not hesitate to enter into any dangerous situation with Glenn as my partner.

Posse members are often the only back up to patrol Deputies and are utilized and viewed as sworn personnel. When Posse members arrive on a scene to assist Deputies, the general public usually cannot tell the difference between Posse and a sworn Deputy. The public is not concerned with a shoulder patch, they simply want and need the help the Posse Member is there to provide in that moment of crisis. Posse members are expected to uphold the same level of integrity, training and abilities as a sworn deputy.

For individuals that want to contradict this, I strongly encourage them to conduct their own research and participate in a ride along with the program. Posse members put themselves at the same risk of injury and death as any other member of law enforcement and do so without compensation.

Over several years working with Glenn in the field, he has earned my respect, trust and confidence. He is a man whose word you can trust and is a dedicated public servant who serves not because it is his job, but because it is his calling and passion. After having researched both of the other candidates, I can without doubt say that Glenn Morrison is the very best candidate for Constable in Maricopa.

Robert Taylor is a resident of Maricopa.

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Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Senior Bowling is at 10 a.m. at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center, 16000 N. Maricopa Road.

Maricopa Historical Society meets at 5:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) meet at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Behavioral Health Services, 21300 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 103.

Maricopa Healing Rooms are at 7 p.m. at 19997 N. Justin Drive.


Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Seniors play Canasta at 1 p.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Celebrate Recovery Coffee & Karaoke at 5 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

City Council Work Session is at 6 p.m. at Maricopa City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.

Art & Sip is at 6:30 p.m. at True Grit Tavern, 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 101.

City Council Regular Session is at 7 p.m. at Maricopa City Hall, 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.


Creative Sisterhood is at 9 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Babytime is at 9:30 a.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

Harrah’s Club 777 Toastmasters meet at 3 p.m. at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 Maricopa Road.

S.M.A.R.T. Kids meet at 3:30 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

Maricopa Police Explorer Post Meeting is at 5 p.m. at Maricopa High School, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave.

MUSD Board Meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Maricopa Unified School District, 44150 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.


Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Seniors play Farkel at 9 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Seniors play Canasta at 1 p.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Family Story Time is at 4 p.m. at Maricopa Public Library, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

Maricopa Healing Rooms are at 6:30 p.m. at 19997 N. Justin Drive.

A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is at 7 p.m. at Ak-Chin Social Services, 48227 W. Farrell Road.


Seniors play Pinochle at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Cruz Elementary School, 19845 N. Costa del Sol Blvd.

Strength & Hope Al-Anon Meeting is at 7 p.m. at Community of Hope Church, 45295 W. Honeycutt Ave.


Councilmember on the Corner/Coffee with the Chief is at 9 a.m. at Global Water, 22590 N. Powers Parkway.


A Ray of Hope meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is at 7 p.m. at Maricopa Community Church, 44977 W. Hathaway Ave.

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Considering Arizona’s abundant sunshine, rooftop solar panels are an appealing feature for homebuyers looking at a resale home.

Market indications show that the value of solar panels is often less than sellers hope for when selling, however. In the last 12 months, over 2,000 homes were sold in Maricopa through MLS. Of those, only 87 (4 percent) were listed as having solar panels; 63 were leased and 24 were owned.

According to – based on two ZIP codes in Maricopa – let’s consider two scenarios: owned solar panels and leased solar panels.

Owned solar:
A residential 5kW solar system will save a Maricopa resident up to $111 per month. A 10kW system will double your savings. That’s significant given the dramatic increase in electrical power consumption in summer months due to A/C usage. Rising electricity costs and higher-than-average electricity usage means more opportunities for savings with solar even as rebates and incentives have decreased over the years. The average cost for a new system is $18,000–$20,000. When selling, the added value to the sale price amounts to only about $10,000. Nonetheless, it still only takes about four or five years to break even if you factor in the annual savings on electricity.

Leased solar:
Leased solar panels are technically not part of the home. Anyone buying the home may have to qualify with the solar company. Buyers may need a higher credit score than even the mortgage company requires to assume the lease, which may still have 15 years remaining. Homes with leased solar typically sell slower than homes with no solar, and may even sell for less. Furthermore, leased solar does not add value on the appraisal and lease payments often increase annually. Also, with most lenders, it increases a buyer’s debt-to-income ratio and, thus, decreases a buyer’s purchasing power.

Tips for selling:
Emphasize how much money you save. (Don’t be afraid to brag!) Provide buyers with written documentation on annual savings to help them understand kW and panel efficiency; they are more likely to see value if you can quantify the savings. Is it $100 per month? Three hundred? Include info in the MLS or leave a copy of recent electric bills on kitchen counter.

Help buyers recognize the value over the long term.

Dayv Morgan is a Maricopa Realtor and owner of HomeSmart Success. He can be reached at

This column appears in the August issue of InMaricopa.