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Scott Bartle

Scott Bartle
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InMaricopa’s publisher began his career in sports marketing, producing and marketing Association of Tennis Professionals Tour events in Indianapolis and Scottsdale. He served as marketing coordinator for the Super Bowl XXX Host Committee prior to joining the Maricopa County Sports Commission where he spent four years as its assistant executive director. Since 2000 Scott has served as president of Outside the Box Marketing, Inc. Scott is former president of the Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board and IU Alumni Club of Phoenix and a member of the Knights of Columbus and Sigma Chi Fraternity. Scott is a graduate of Indiana University, Valley Leadership, Project CENTRL and the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy. A native Hoosier, Scott has lived in the Phoenix area since 1977 and in Maricopa since 2004.

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I knew going in receiving criticism is part of running for a high-profile political office (though I’m increasingly glad my mom doesn’t live in our legislative district and subject to the attacks ads that have been mailed). In fact, I was told very clearly if my opponent couldn’t find any “dirt” on me, he’d make it up.

This sentiment was reinforced when I first told my mother about my plans. After telling me what a great legislator I would be, she tearfully likened the upcoming experience of my candidacy to when my brother was deployed to Afghanistan.

What a shame. For at least one mother, the emotional toll of campaigning to be a public servant is akin to going to war.

I get it; it’s a nasty game. But it doesn’t have to be.

The messaging from my opponent, Steve Smith, attacking me started as typical political spin – take a fact and twist it in such a way the meaning changes to your benefit. Then it graduated to disingenuous. Now, it’s littered with egregious lies. (I’d like to credit his desperation with the rapid regression.)

For the record (again):
1. I adamantly oppose ObamaCare and all federal overreach.
2. Low taxes and limited government are principles upon which my decisions in the Senate will be made.
3. I support school choice and local control.

My opponent knows this – we discuss it at every campaign stop – but he advertises the opposite as true nonetheless. He’s trying to take your attention away from the fact that after four years in the Legislature he has not positively impacted the important issues facing our district and state. If he was an effective leader and properly represented his constituents, he would spend his time, money and advertising talking about all the great things he’s done for you and your family.

If this election was based solely on the candidates and the issues, I win in a landslide. I don’t say that out of arrogance; my opponent’s campaign strategy proves it.

You will not see these tactics from my campaign. I told myself and others I would run a campaign consistent with my core values – No. 1 of which is integrity – even if it hurts my chances to win. I will continue to focus on the facts surrounding the issues and candidates’ records (fortunately, I have a lot to work with). I will not stoop to the level of manufacturing lies and trying to deceive voters just to win an election.

Dirty politics exists because we, the voters, let it. Unscrupulous politicians would have to change their strategy if lies and deceit weren’t so effective.

Let’s do our part to make future elections about the people and the issues by voting for those qualified candidates who are transparent and honest; not the ones telling you what they think you want to hear just to dupe you into voting for them.

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Maricopa Police responded to a domestic violence call around 2 p.m. today that turned into a standoff when the subject refused to exit the house. The incident occurred at the east end of the city, near Murphy and Steen roads.

Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said the woman came out of the house when police arrived, but the man, Scott Devine, would not.

“He began to break property within the house. He began to break windows in the house and refused to come out,” Alvarado said.

Police set up a perimeter for close to three hours. Once MPD’s Rapid Response Team approached the house, the suspect came out.

“We used less-lethal shotgun rounds,” Alvarado said. “The individual then was bit by our K-9, Ike, and he was taken into custody.”

Devine, 19, suffered minor injuries and was treated by Southwest Ambulance.

Alvarado said Devine is facing “at minimum criminal damage, and we’re going to see … what other charges we can hit him with.”

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Whose father is the best? readers will decide in its 2014 Father of the Year contest presented by Ace Hardware and UltraStar Multi-tainment Center.

Bragging rights and great prizes are on the line, including a $590 grill package courtesy of Maricopa Ace Hardware. The package includes a Weber Spirit E-310 Grill black, Weber BBQ Seasoning Combo Pack, Weber two-piece tool set and a Weber Spirit grill cover.

UltraStar will provide one of the winning fathers a special UFC Fight Night package with exclusive use of its Luxe Party Room, wings, pizza, soda and laser tag.

Maricopa Ace Hardware owner Mike Richey hopes the Father of the Year recipient will create memories with his kids and new backyard barbeque tools.

“Father’s Day makes me reflect on my own dad and the experiences we shared at the ballpark, fishing … those memories bond families and last forever,” Richey said. “That is what Father’s Day is all about, and it’s more important than ever to honor that.”

Maricopa Ace is also donating a Craftsman 117-piece Mechanic Tool Set.

“One can never underestimate the impact of a great father,” said fellow sponsor Adam Saks, UltraStar’s general manager. “It's important to show the appreciation we have for all those great dads who make a difference in the lives of their children every day."

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Former city councilman Leon Potter, who resigned in March to run for mayor, will not be on the ballot after all. Potter failed to garner the 209 nominating signatures of Maricopa voters required to qualify as a candidate.

Potter was scrambling to obtain the signatures of registered voters and make it to City Hall to file before it closed at 6 p.m. When informed a few minutes after 5 p.m. that the deadline to file was 5 p.m., Potter responded, “I missed it then.”

But Potter’s fight is not over. He pledged to continue his quest for mayor as a write-in candidate.

“I can still put in for write-in candidate and move forward on the recall effort,” he said, referring to his goal of recalling Councilman Bridger Kimball for a 2012 DUI arrest.

“I’m still going to go as far as I can. The main thing is to ask the questions of the mayor on accountability with the DUI situation,” said Potter, who has been critical of Mayor Christian Price’s handling of the Kimball case.

“As a citizen, I’m going to keep it front and center … (Price must) be accountable to it and each other and the public. So, yeah, I’m still going forward,” Potter said.

“I understand it’s more challenging,” Potter said of running as a write-in candidate versus having his name on the ballot. “Anything is possible.”

When asked if he regrets resigning from his seat on the city council, he said “No, because the reason is still the same. … The reason I resigned hasn’t changed. It was to keep the mayor accountable.”

“I truly believe it was my purpose, part of (God’s) plan,” he added.

“I’m not going anywhere. I’m still a citizen involved in the city; I love Maricopa more than I ever have.”

Price is relieved to not have an opponent in his bid for reelection. “It just allows me to keep working as hard as I want to be working (as mayor) during this campaign time, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to continue to do my best to move the city forward,” he said.

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Dozens of wild horses were seen from State Route 347 on the Gila River Indian Reservation just north of the city limits around 6 p.m. today.

Traffic slowed as commuters enjoyed the view, some stopping for pictures – before a DPS officer’s arrival to discourage such activity.

“It was the biggest herd of horses I’ve ever seen,” Tony Debevec said. “There must’ve been at least 70 of them.”