Gilbert mayor makes second call for town to listen during unrest

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Mayor Jenn Daniels called for Gilbert to show empathy during the current unrest. (Courtesy town of Gilbert)

Mayor Jenn Daniels called for Gilbert to show empathy during the current unrest. (Courtesy town of Gilbert)

Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels reiterated her message from the June 2 Town Council meeting in her June 3 weekly video message: that town must be listening during this period of unrest.

“In Gilbert, we’re going to do everything we can to be empathetic, to be compassionate, to uphold the law,” Daniels said. “Our effort really is to support each other. We have a community of kindness. I hope that never, ever leaves.”

Daniels continued to support the town’s public safety teams while calling for empathy.

“While we support our public safety teams and I am incredibly proud of the work that our teams have been doing, we also have an obligation and a desire to serve each other,” she said.

As she did at the June 2 council meeting, Daniels suggested the town would be setting up opportunities for listening and for getting and giving support, but she did not have details. Daniels said the town hoped to be able announce something soon.


“We want to take action,” she said. “We want to take swift action, and we also want to take a really thoughtful approach that really does start with listening.”

COVID-19 updates

Daniels also defended herself against charges that she has been using the video updates, which regularly start off with her reporting the latest state data on COVID-19, to fear monger about the virus.

“Your power comes in knowledge and a comprehensive understanding, so I’m doing nothing other than reporting the numbers, and we are letting our citizens decide how they want to handle that,” Daniels said. “Particularly if you have a vulnerable family member or someone who is at risk, you will want to know these things very, very in depth.”
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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