That goes double for Ortega

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David Ortega

It wasn’t grandstanding, according to supporters of architect and former Scottsdale City councilman, David Ortega, who’s entered the race for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in District 2. It was simply an indication of what the guy is capable of when he sets his mind on something.

The Ortega fans are referring to how the former councilman collected twice the necessary number of signatures required in his ballot quest for the election. 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 says. “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 already has support from many District 2 voters. The District, which encompasses much of the East Valley from Scottsdale to Mesa Gateway Airport, is among those that have benefitted from Ortega’s services. “In Scottsdale, he streamlined the bureaucratic steps to allow businesses to open quicker,” says Mesa farmer and businessman, John Babiarz, who is chairing Ortega’s campaign. “He can do the same at the county level.”

During his four-year tenure as representative architect on the Arizona School Facilities Board, Ortega made friends and popular policy decisions that resulted in more than a billion dollars in new construction and renovation for Arizona schools. It won’t hurt his campaign that many of those schools are located in East Valley towns and cities, including Gilbert, Higley, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills and Mesa. He’s likely to remind voters that his work as a member of the Scottsdale Development Review Board created numerous jobs for locals and expanded the city’s tax base besides.

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