Mayor could face challenge in Gilbert's 2020 election

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Statements of Interest in running for Gilbert Town Council or mayor are due Jan. 2. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Statements of Interest in running for Gilbert Town Council or mayor are due Jan. 2. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels could face opposition in town elections later this year in response to development efforts in the Heritage District.

Political newcomer Sandra Reynolds, founder of the Gilbert Archery nonprofit club, filed a Statement of Interest in the mayoral position in December and said she will begin to collect signatures this month.

Reynolds, 58, said she decided to run after a series of developments she opposed in the Heritage District were passed despite citizens' concerns. Those concerns include a modified sign ordinance and the approval of an up-to-five-story mixed-use building.

“I feel that the town has taken away the people's voice,” Reynolds said. “Every time they ask for public input or have public meetings, the public gives their input, and the town does the exact opposite. So I think there needs to be a change.”

In addition to the mayor's seat, two seats on Town Council are open this election. The seats are held by Jared Taylor and Scott Anderson. Taylor is not running for re-election.


The deadline to file Statements of Interest with the city is Jan. 2. Daniels has filed her statement for the mayoral position. For council, the town has received such statements from Anderson; Kathy Tilque, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, who is resigning that position to run; Tyler Hudgins, who was chairman of the Heritage District Redevelopment Commission; and political newcomers Busola Abayomi and Monique Keberlein.

The candidates may begin circulating nominating petitions to qualify for the ballot after they each file their Statement of Interest. The candidates have until 5 p.m. April 6 to file the petitions with enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.

The primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 4. If a runoff is needed, it will be held on the general election date of Tuesday, Nov. 3.
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By Tom Blodgett

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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