Time for a Change in the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office

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By Aaron Connor, Democratic Candidate for Maricopa County Assessor

This was an upsetting week for Maricopa County residents. In a field where ethical service is the cornerstone, the trust of the fourth largest assessing office in the country was called into question. Such a rapid dissolution of public confidence requires remedy.

The assessor plays a role in the valuation of the over 1.6 million commercial and personal property accounts, administration of exemptions, updating property ownership, and providing the public with assistance on their rights within the valuation process. I filed to run for the Maricopa County Assessor to promote transparency and accountability in the office. My goal is to create an organization that embodies the ideals of fair and equitable valuation for all properties and taxpayers.

We can achieve this by promising a full-time leadership presence. While the current Assessor is incapacitated from serving, there was voluntary absence from the office for years. Leadership in name only dilutes organizational culture and the public’s confidence. That ends with me.

We will provide residents with empowered public servants. We will combat an over 50% staff turnover in the past four years. Such loss takes with it irreplaceable institutional knowledge. This requires filling over 40 positions chronically left vacant in the pursuit of salary savings. With a sharper eye on vendor spending and avoiding outsourcing local government duties to private firms in other states and countries, we can trim fat without cutting muscle. I will develop a culture of service by listening to past and current public servants that keep the office running, work with other Arizona assessors, and listen to the expertise of our County Board in order to build on their wisdom to restore our reputation.

Whether the current Assessor resigns, is recalled, or remains, the strongest message residents can send against this violation of public trust, is a resounding defeat at the ballot box in November 2020. Your presence at the voting booth can help heal what absentee leadership eroded over the past six years. It is time for a change and a time for leadership.

53 days of work in 2019 might be acceptable in the eyes of Mr. Petersen, but not for me. It is time for a change at the Maricopa County Assessor’s office.  I look forward to earning your vote next November. Visit www.connor2020.com to learn more about me and the campaign.

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

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  1. In reality having elected County Treasurers, Recorders, Assessors, Constables, and Clerks of the Court, are throwbacks to territorial days and makes no sense whatsoever.

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