BY COURTNEY GILSTRAP LEVINUS, AMA INTERIM PRESIDENT/CEO
Just a few weeks ago, the 53rd Legislature started, and we are off to a fast start. As you have seen in the local news, our Legislature includes a few new faces and we are preparing for a big election season ahead in Arizona. This session, our Phoenix and Tucson Government Affairs Committees have been working on a few key issues including the long standing issue of dealing with a resident’s abandoned personal property.
Around Arizona, we are expecting some major shifts in roles in Phoenix, and at the Federal level. Later this year, we will have at least a few new faces representing us at the national level with an open Senate seat and at least three congressional seats. We also anticipate significant changes at the City of Phoenix with Mayor Greg Stanton resigning soon to run for congress. It is anticipated that Councilman Daniel Valenzuela and Councilwoman Kate Gallego will also both resign to run for the Mayor’s seat creating vacancies in their districts. We are following these changes carefully and will be getting active in races to support candidates who understand and support our industry.
If you’re not actively involved with the Government Affairs Committee, there are still many ways for you to stay involved. I hope you will continue to use our website as a resource for endorsements. Our AMA Political Action Committee (AMAPAC) carefully reviews candidates running for office in our key markets and we make endorsements in those races. Please share this information with your colleagues and friends as well. You can also make investments in our AMAPAC and the Better Government Fund Arizona can take contributions from corporations as well.
I hope you will make time to get involved in our efforts by contributing, attending a special event with us, and voting in the upcoming elections!
Thanks to all of the Tributes judges who are interviewing hundreds of nominees for this year’s awards. It’s exciting to meet so many talented professionals and we are grateful for the commitment of our judges! Thank you for your time and expertise! Congratulations to all of our amazing Tribute finalists, we are looking forward to celebrating you at the Tribute Awards Dinner this year on Friday, May 11.
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