MAY 30, 2012
David Ortega enters Board of Supervisors Race
Long-time Scottsdale architect and former Scottsdale City Councilman David Ortega has filed twice the signatures required to seek the seat of Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, District 2, which encompasses much of the East Valley, stretching from Scottsdale to Mesa Gateway Airport. Ortega submitted almost 1,100 signatures, more than twice the 505 signatures required.
"My plan in District 2 is to reawaken our economy and to bring our seven East Valley cities and two Native American communities together as a vibrant sustainable region,” Ortega said. "Working together to build better collaboration among businesses, local government, and community groups can result in more of these assets and improve our quality of life."
Ortega also announced his campaign will be chaired by Mesa farmer and businessman John Babiarz. "David can help the East Valley cities work together with the county filling gaps as needed, while making vital services efficient to keep our tax burden low,” said Babiarz. “In Scottsdale he streamlined the bureaucratic steps to allow businesses to open quicker. He can do the same at the county."
While serving as Scottsdale councilman, Ortega supported a strong public safety network, worked for seniors, encouraged desert preservation, and resolved transportation issues without raising taxes or giving into monstrous taxpayer subsidies for developers.
During a four- year stint as representative architect on the Arizona School Facilities Board, Ortega made policy decisions and authorized nearly $ 1.3 billion dollars in new construction and renovation for schools across Arizona, including many in the East Valley from Gilbert/Higley to Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, and Mesa. Most recently, as a member of the Scottsdale Development Review Board, Ortega guided numerous successful projects that have created jobs and expanded the city’s tax base.