Rich Vitiello announces his run for city council


Nine-year Maricopa resident Rich Vitiello has announced his candidacy for Maricopa City Council.

He said he will work to find ways to help local businesses become successful and have a “lasting and far-ranging impact on gaining momentum to insure our city’s future.” He said he also is concerned about the State Route 347 overpass issue and wants to make sure local residents “get a fair shake in all aspects of that project.”

Vitiello, a self-employed sporting goods and bicycling equipment consultant, said he brings 27 years of business experience to the city.

Besides working to bring new jobs to the city, the candidate said he will work to attract new residents and work “in balancing the needs of fiscal conservatism and social awareness so that jobs and businesses in Maricopa stay and thrive in Maricopa.”

Vitiello said he has seen firsthand how important local schools and youth programs are because one of his four daughters and her husband and two children live in Maricopa.

He has been married to his wife Joann, a nurse practitioner, for the last 18 years and the couple have four adult daughters and five grandchildren. They moved to Maricopa in 2005.

The candidate manages an adult softball team sponsored by local business Native New Yorker. He coached his granddaughter’s flag football team last season, and spends much of his time caring for his elderly parents.

Vitiello said he “is also personally relieved that the current city council came to their good sense in approving a second stage for the Salsa Festival.”

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