About Jeff Struble:
I am a candidate for the city council of Apache Junction. The election is being held August 4, 2020. This is an important election for our community. We are sitting on a precipice. We can either go forward or backwards. If we continue to stay where we are, we will get run over by the surrounding communities. The future is ours to grab ahold of and run. This will take fresh ideas to tackle the challenges that we are facing. The old ideas and ways will not get us to a good and prosperous future.
First, a little insight into who I am. I was born and raised in Rapid City SD. I graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen SD Where I earned a degree in accounting and finance with a minor in economics. Right out of college I took an accounting position with the SD Dept of Transportation and later with SD Dept of Health. I then became the Chief Financial Officer for a hospital, NH and medical clinic in Harlowton, MT where I was later promoted to be the administrator. During the next ten years I served in the same position in facilities in Lusk, Wyoming, and Butte, Montana.
In 1999 we moved to the valley where I opened Padgett Business Services. We provide accounting and tax preparations for small businesses and individuals. My staff and I have grown the business into offices in Apache Junction, Mesa and Phoenix. Over the years I have served on a number of boards and committees including Boy Scouts, mental health, church, chambers of commerce and health care associations. While in Montana and Wyoming I was a certified EMT. I have been a member, appointed by the city council in 2013, of the Superstition Mountain Community Facility District #1. Also known as the sewer board.
I see the role of the city council is to set the community vision. The council members share the responsibility to listen, question and decide. This can only be accomplished when the council members make themselves available to the citizens to hear citizen's views and to explain the decisions that were made by the council. This has to be done with the mindset to do what is best for the community as a whole and not to certain segments, groups, or individuals.
If you have any questions about my position on any given issue, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The following are questions and answers by local papers to Jeff Struble:
AJ News - Candidate Questions
Name: Jeff Struble
Education: BS – Accounting, finance and economics; Northern State University, Aberdeen SD
What is your career, business or employment background?
- 1986-1988, Accountant, SD Dept. of Transportation and Dept. of Health
- 1988-1993, CFO/ Administrator, Wheatland Mem. Hospital/NH/Clinic –Harlowton, MT
- 1993-1996, Administrator, Niobrara Cnty Hosp/NH/Clinic, Lusk WY
- 1996-1999, CEO, Silver Bow Comm Health Center, Butte, MT
- 1999-Present, Owner, Padgett Business Services
- 2019-Present, Owner, Fatmans Pizza
What is your contact information and campaign website/social media addresses?
- Telephone: 480-694-5100
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.letsbuildourfuture.com
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Q: Why did you decide to run for this office on the 2020 ballot?
A: I am asking to be reelected to the Apache Junction City Council to continue moving our community into the future. We have made some great strides in the last four years. We developed and instituted a vision and mission statement for the city. We have developed a plan to repair, rebuild and maintain our roads. We have continued the improvement of our water cleaning, storage and transportation infrastructure. We have passed the Permanent Base Adjustment, in place of the Home Rule. We have reviewed and improved a number of our ordinances and zoning/fee structures. We have been working with a number of commercial developers to bring larger businesses into the community. We have worked with the State Land Trust to have the land north of the 24 to be annexed and developed. This will begin the process of further development in the near future. We have been working with Pinal County and the state to plan and implement the North South corridor. This will bring more commercial development to our community. These are things that we will build and do even more over the next four years and continue to build a foundation for Apache Junction’s future.
Q: What are 3 decisions/actions taken by the current council that you strongly support or are opposed to, and why?
- For the last 30 years the council has been granting money to nonprofits. Over the last four years I have been trying to reduce and or eliminate this line item. I strongly support our nonprofit organizations. I do not believe that the government should be funding nonprofits to fulfill their mission for which they are granted nonprofit status. The nonprofits solicit for funds and do not have to pay taxes and donors get a tax break for providing the funds. The nonprofit needs to become less dependent on tax dollars. I believe we can use the funds to further the safety, health, and overall activities for all citizens.
- We formed an Arts Commission for the city during the summer of 2019. The council decided the way to fund it was to implement a 1% fee, tax, on new construction in our city. This is on all new commercial, religious and non-profit entities. I strongly believe that the Arts Commission can research, pursue, and receive grants from other sources. The implementation of the fee, tax, will be detrimental to attracting commercial development.
- We developed and implemented the vision statement in the fall of 2017. This has helped the staff and council to make a plan for our future. We are moving forward on negotiations with the BLM, State Land Trust, developers, the county, and state. It has built a foundation for our community to provide jobs, safety, healthier neighborhoods, better education opportunities, and a place for our families to call home.
Q: If you were faced with a decision, and, after research and discussion, you believed the best move for the future of the community was different from what you were hearing from your constituency, would you vote in accordance with your research, or would you vote to represent the beliefs of your supporters? Why?
A: A government has three purposes, no matter what level It may be; federal, state, county, city, or HOA. They are to provide for the safety and health, promote commerce and provide for public welfare, not private. Leaders who are elected to facilitate those purposes must always consider three things when making decisions. Those three things are servitude, stewardship, and selflessness.
A government has three purposes, no matter what level It may be; federal, state, county, city, or HOA. They are to provide for the safety and health, promote commerce and provide for public welfare, not private. Leaders who are elected to facilitate those purposes must always consider three things when making decisions. Those three things are servitude, stewardship and selflessness.
Balancing the act of service to the individual and stewardship to the community is a difficult thing to do. They are usually at odds with each other. There are times we have to decide whose liberties are more important than another person. Liberty is defined as being able to do whatever you want with your life, as long as you don’t interfere with another person living their life they want. Each case has to be decided based on the knowledge that you have right at that time of the decision.
No elected, appointed or hired leader should make a decision based on how it will affect their own life. This is where integrity comes into play. In other words, what you do when no one is watching really does matter.
I talk to people. I research the facts of the issue. I draw upon my experience and knowledge. I do not stick my finger up and see which way the wind is blowing. I look out for all people, even those that are working to provide for their families and don’t have time to getting involved in drama.
Q: What is your vision for the future of Apache Junction and what actions need to be taken to achieve this vision?
My Vision for Apache Junction is to be the example of prosperity, compassion, and future thinking for all other communities of Arizona and the nation.
It is important to understand why you do what you do. This is your purpose or vision. Your vision is something that you will endeavor to achieve your whole life. After determining your vision, goals must be developed to accomplish that which will move you and others towards the same vision. The goals will change over time as they are attained and different goals start to develop.
Allow me to explain the vision I have for Apache Junction. This vision consists of three sections: prosperity, compassion, and future thinking.
- Let me explain prosperity. The City has the ability to implement and enforce the proper policies and regulations that will enable businesses to compete in a fair and equitable marketplace. These policies will also allow the citizens to have enough to provide for themselves and others.
- Compassion is defined in the dictionary as sympathy, pity, and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. I like the definition that former Congressman Jack Kemp gave us, "Compassion is not how many people live on the government welfare plantation, but how many of our people are liberated from government dependence."
- Now let us visit the idea of future thinking. The Contrarian Leader, Steven Sample says "thinking free can lead to novel ways of addressing some of the competitive, political, legal, policy, and bureaucratic challenges one must confront."
Q: What makes you the best candidate for this office?
A: I am asking the citizens of Apache Junction to re-elect me to a second term. I have served for the last 3.5 years as a servant of the people, a steward of the community and with selflessness. It is a time consuming job that requires experience, knowledge and a desire to bring about change in the community to move us forward into the future. It also requires the ability to make decisions, create relationships, build consensus and when required, stand up for my principles, even when others disagree. I have shown the ability, desire and fortitude to accomplish all of those things.
I will be honored and humbled to be reelected to the Apache Junction city council. I will continue to serve my community and be a steward to our property and resources. You can learn more about my answers to these questions and others at my website, www.letsbuildourfuture.com, so let’s build our future together.
The Independent News - Primary Questions
Name: Jeff Struble
Education: BS – Accounting, finance and economics; Northern State University, Aberdeen SD (1985)
Q: Previous public office, boards and commissions (and what years):
- Apache Junction City Council – 2016-Present
- Superstation Mt Comm Facility District (Sewer District) 2013-2016
- Apache Junction Parks and Rec Comm 2009-2013
Q: What are your hopes for the City of Apache Junction?:
A: I will continue to work on moving Apache Junction forward as an example to other communities. This will be done by using our vision and the hardworking and forward thinking citizens.
Q: What are your top three campaign issues and why?:
First, we will continue to improve the reputation of Apache Junction so that we can attract businesses and new families. This will help to build our schools, raise property values and increase city revenue, not tax rates.
Second, assist in the economic development for our citizens and business community. We need to do this to create jobs for our families and increase city revenue, not tax rates.
Third, work with the non-profit and faith based entities to service our citizens. We need them to step up and carry out their missions. This will allow the government to focus on its mission of providing for the citizens safety, infrastructure and public welfare, not private welfare.
Q: How would you rate the state of public transportation in the City of Apache Junction? What changes would you recommend?
A: The public transportation in Apache Junction is nonexistent. We are constrained by cost of implementing a bus system in our community. We do not have the ridership to pay for the buses. To extend the routes from Power Rd to Apache Junction is very expensive. The state legislators would like try and get funding for a two or three year period, then it would be left up to Apache Junction to fund the program. We currently do not have the funds and would have to implement an increase in city tax rates to pay for the future funding or cut other services
Q: Name one un-funded or under-funded program or project you would promote as a member of the City Council and why:
A: I have been and will continue to push to move budgeted money from some unneeded line items to fund our police department’s safety and protective equipment budget line items
Q: What types of jobs does Apache Junction need? What is your plan for economic development?:
A: Apache Junction needs manufacturing and distribution jobs that supplement the businesses at the airport and mines. We will continue to work with GPEC and other regional organizations to improve our reputation and infrastructure. We also need to have the state legislature loosen up the strings they have tied upon local municipalities on incentivizing business development opportunities.
Q: What makes you different from the other candidates? How will you make a difference on the City Council?:
A: It is the citizen's job to determine how each of the candidates are different. I will use my experience, knowledge and connections to continue to create and build relationships in our community, our region the state and nation.
Q: If a majority of residents of Gold Canyon petitioned to be annexed into the City of Apache Junction, would you vote yes? Why or why not?:
A: As long as it was a feasible endeavor, I would vote for the annexation. It has to be a win-win situation. Since Apache Junction does not have a property tax it is important that we get people to use our communities businesses to create revenue streams. Therefore, we need to make sure that the annexation has sufficient people in relation to the land mass added.
Q: What opportunities do you see for regional collaboration?
A: We will continue to use our relationships with CAG, MAG, GPEC and my personal relationships with the surrounding city council people. We have to cultivate those relationships because as they say, “rising tides raise all boats.”
A: Jeff Struble for Apache Junction City Council
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