FOR SCOTTSDALE CITY COUNCIL
Meet Tom Durham
Get to know your candidate for Scottsdale City Council, his life, what he stands for, and what his plans are for our beautiful city!
Committed to Smart Growth Which Preserves & Enhances Scottsdale’s Unique Character
RESTORE TRUST IN OUR CITY COUNCIL
I’m running to restore citizens’ trust in our City Council. Our current Council Majority doesn’t listen to the citizens, and more often than not votes in favor of favored developers rather than Scottsdale residents.
Twice in the last two years, citizens have been so frustrated that their voices were ignored that they undertook the expensive, time consuming referendum/initiative processes to overturn City Council actions. Hundreds of citizens worked tirelessly to get two issues on the ballot—not advocating for or against a particular point of view, but simply to allow residents to have a say in the future of this wonderful City.
I am proud to have served as the Treasurer of the Protect Our Preserve PAC and to have helped lead the fight to protect the McDowell Sonoran Preserve from commercial development. I also helped to stop Southbridge II, which many citizens opposed as too massive and too dense.
This is a crucial election, since four seats are open on the City Council. If you elect me and Betty Janik to the City Council, we will have a citizen-friendly majority on the Council who will listen to your voice.
Together, we can fight City Hall—and win!!
GOALS FOR SCOTTSDALE CITY COUNCIL
Encourage thoughtful growth which preserves and enhances Scottsdale’s unique character…
Maintain tourism as one of Scottsdale’s premier businesses and sources of revenue…
Most Scottsdale citizens do not want high rises, more density, and accompanying traffic…
Currently, the four-person majority on the City Council is responsive to developers, but not to citizens…
GET TO KNOW TOM DURHAM
I am running for the Scottsdale City Council to provide citizens with a strong voice on the Council. In recent years, through the Desert Discovery Center, the Marquee, Southbridge 2, Fiesta Ranch, and uncontrolled up-zoning, many citizens view the City Council as out of touch. At City Council meetings, the pleas of citizens are ignored and even insulted. I will reverse this trend if elected to the Council.
I served as Treasurer of Protect Our Preserve PAC, which was responsible for protecting the McDowell Sonoran Preserve by putting Proposition 420 on the ballot and stopping the Desert Discovery Center from desecrating the Preserve. I am proud of my role in supporting Proposition 420, which passed with overwhelming popular support.
I support smart growth which enhances and respects Scottsdale’s unique culture. Scottsdale must continue to grow, but it must do so in a way that preserves the place we all love to call home.
I have been married to my wife, Martha, for over 35 years. Martha is an ordained Episcopal Deacon and serves at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Scottsdale.
Martha and I have two sons, Matthew and Wes. Matthew is a Senior Software Engineer and lives in Indianapolis.
Our younger son, Wes, is a Senior City Planner for the City of Minneapolis.
We have a very energetic two-year old golden doodle named Bentley who loves to swim in the pool during the summer.
Everyone who knows me knows I love to ride bikes. I have completed RAGBRAI (the annual bike ride across Iowa) eleven times, and the last nine times in a row. I do RAGBRAI with a team from Cornell College, my alma mater. I have also biked in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and most recently, Croatia. It is a great way to see small villages and meet the people. I also enjoy the camaraderie of other people on these rides.
Scottsdale is obviously a great place for riding bikes, both in the mountain trails and on the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt, which I frequently use to ride to Tempe and back.
I love history and enjoy traveling to the places where history was made. This past November I traveled to Guadalcanal and walked the same places as my father, who served on Guadalcanal during World War II. Several years ago, I took my older son on a trip to the beaches of Normandy, where, on the anniversary of D-Day, we met a British paratrooper who landed on D-Day. I think it is very important to keep this history alive.
I have visited the small village in Germany where my sixth and seventh grandfathers were born and baptized, and I walked under the village gates they walked through on their way to the New World in 1723. In 2016, I visited their graves in a beautiful church yard outside of Philadelphia. It fills my mind with wonder to think about why they chose to leave Germany and the struggles they must have faced on their way to the New World.