Barry Graham

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Graham graduated from Boston University with a degree in economics and international relations and has a Master’s Degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts [1].

Graham was a commissioner on the Scottsdale Planning Commission. He also served as chairman of the Transportation Commission and chairman of the Building Advisory Board of Appeals [2], along with previously being elected Treasurer of LD 23 Republicans. He currently works for ‘one of the most prestigious accounting firms in Arizona’.

Graham graduated from the Scottsdale Leadership Program in 2014. He also grew up in North Scottsdale and now resides in South Scottsdale [1].

Key Issues

Environment

Graham wants to avoid “creating an urban ‘heat island’ and wants to add open spaces and more trees to combat the sweltering Arizona heat. He believes there’s too many solid, heat-trapping surfaces that entrap air pollution and can cause respiratory problems in Scottsdale [1].

 

Economy

Graham wants to remain competitive with neighboring cities in recruiting businesses. He wants to achieve this by maintaining low taxes and minimizing bureaucratic obstacles. He states that potential employers are also attracted to places where employees can afford to live and wants to continue efforts that can achieve that [1]. In regards to financial efficiency, Graham plans to analyze city spending to ensure taxpayers are getting more efficient city government [3].

Environment

As part of the city council, he wants to protect Scottsdale’s “character” by preserving and protecting notable sites such as the streets of Old Town and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, along with Scottsdale’s businesses and malls. He wants to work with residents to help guide Scottsdale to continue to be “visitor-friendly”[1]. He believes that preserving the city’s character prevents out-of-control development [3].

Government

He hopes to expand the citizen outreach process to include more emphasis on resident input. He is also concerned about the lack of current resident outreach [3].

Endorsements

Graham is endorsed by the Arizona Corporate Commissioner Jim O’Connor; Scottsdale Planning Commissioner Barney Gonzales; Scottsdale City Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield; Scottsdale City Councilwoman Betty Janik; State Representative Joseph Chaplik; Former Scottsdale City Councilman Paul Messinger; President of Protect Our Preserve Howard Myers; and Development Review Board Member Michal Joyner [1].

Sources

1 BarryGrahamResidentsFirst 

2 Scottsdale.org | Scottsdale City Council Election 

3 Scottsdale.org | Barry Graham