Your Turn: Scottsdale’s Prop. 420 on the preserve united the city

Tuesday’s election results proved beyond a shadow of doubt that Scottsdale citizens love their preserve, want to protect their preserve, and even more, want a voice via vote on what happens to their preserve. 

The election also clearly showed residents concern about the direction the city is taking as voters elected the two resident-friendly City Council candidates by wide margins over the other three (two of whom were incumbents). It showed they are concerned and want council members who represent them, not developers who want to profit off Scottsdale’s desirability at the expense of our quality of life.

Thankfully, our voters weren’t duped by a well-funded campaign to kill the charter change at the ballot box by creating a lot of confusion and misinformation or by the-well funded campaigns of the three council candidates who had the most money but got the fewest votes.

These results have renewed my faith in Scottsdale and my pride in its residents, who care deeply about their city and their preserve and rose up to protect both.

The real story was residents rising up

But the real story behind Proposition 420 was the number of residents from all over the city who stepped up to gather enough signatures to put the charter change on the ballot and the Herculean effort they produced to make it happen, both getting it on the ballot and getting it approved by the voters.

Over 300 of your fellow citizens, including a core group of about 20 who were area captains, officers of Protect Our Preserve and the Protect Our Preserve PAC, along with the expanded reach of NoDDC social media, or those who contributed their talents to handle many of the tasks that had to be done to succeed, are the real heroes of this effort.

This was the biggest grassroots team effort I have ever witnessed and everyone involved deserves a load of credit for the end result. It truly could not have been successful if so many people didn’t pitch in, donating their time and money to see it through. Shows we have a lot of special people in Scottsdale.

I feel such gratitude to the citizens of Scottsdale who did their homework and got out to vote for their preserve and their city.

Inspired by unified voice

I have never been more proud of a community than I am now of Scottsdale, and that is saying something given the previous effort to form the preserve and raise money to buy the land, which were significant.

I have never seen Scottsdale residents more united than this year with Prop. 420 and electing two good people to the council. Citizens of all different ages, races, religions, genders, political affiliations and areas of the city came together and agreed on what they needed to do for their preserve and their city — and did it.

Let’s carry this momentum into the future.

Howard Myers is a Scottsdale resident, a longtime preserve volunteer and the founder and president of Protect Our Preserve.

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