Gary Knight

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Incumbent

Background

Gary Knight graduated from Arizona Western College with an A.A. in Business Administration and Management. Knight is the former business owner of Davidson Marine Supply. Knight was first elected to the Yuma City Council in 2014, and served as Deputy Mayor from 2017 through 2019 [1]. In 2018, Knight was appointed to the State Transportation Board by Governor Doug Ducey [3]. He also previously served in the United States Navy as an electronics technician for 6 years. Knight currently sits on the Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization (YMPO) Executive Board and on the Board of Directors of the Greater Yuma Port Authority (GYPA) for the City. He also represents the city on both the Chamber Transportation Committee and the Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee [4].  

Key Issues

Economy

Knight has stated that development fees should remain the same, as they serve as an incentive for developers to bring in and build new commercial and residential projects. He believes that raising development fees would be detrimental and that the city must maintain as low fees as possible in light of rising costs of labor and materials [2].

 

Community

Knight has expressed support for the construction of a multi-story parking facility downtown. He referred to a $10.6 million federal grant that the city received for a downtown multimodal transportation hub and noted that developers had said they would only invest downtown only if the city got the grant. Knight wants to take advantage of this development opportunity [2].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 LinkedIn
2 Yuma Sun
3 ADOT
4 GYPA