Jerry Bien-Willner

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Incumbent

Background

Jerry Bien-Willner graduated from Claremont McKenna College with honors and dual majors in Government and Literature. He then received his law degree from University of Arizona College of Law. He worked in Bernstein Litowitz Berger and Grossmann LLP Law Firm where he practiced complex litigation. Bien-Willnger is currently an investor and entrepreneur and continues to be a licensed attorney in Arizona and California. He first served the city when he was appointed to the Town of Paradise Valley Planning Commission in 2012. Bien-Willner then served as town council member and vice mayor until being elected mayor for the first time in 2018 [1].

Key Issues

Community

Bien-Willner supports preserving Paradise Valley’s scenic beauty and large one-home-per-acre lots. He values the town’s core identity and character and wants to maintain the highest property values and per capita income [1]. As mayor, he was able to improve roads and remodel the Post Office and Community Room [4].

Public Safety

Bien-Willner wants to maintain Paradise Valley’s status as the safest place in Arizona. As mayor, the Paradise Valley Police Department met over 175 “best practice” standards through the Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ALEAP) [1].

Housing

Bien-Willner wants to maintain Paradise Valley’s quiet and scenic residential character by solving short-term rental properties and party house issues and preventing unwanted commercialization [1].

Budget

Bien-Willner supports low taxes and water rates and wants to maintain fiscal responsibility. As mayor, Bien-Willner led Paradise Valley to create its first Strategic Revenue Plan [1].

Endorsements

Hon. Scott LeMarr, Former Paradise Valley Mayor; Hon. Vernon Parker, Former Paradise Valley Mayor; Hon. Ed Winkler, Former Paradise Valley Mayor; Hon. Ron Clarke, Former Paradise Valley Mayor;  Hon. Ed Lowry, Former Paradise Valley Mayor; Hon. Kent Wick, Former Paradise Valley Mayor; Hon. Mary Hamway, Former Paradise Valley Vice Mayor; Hon. Dave Sherf, Former Paradise Valley Vice Mayor; Hon. Dan Schweiker, Former Paradise Valley Vice Mayor; Hon. Jini Simpson, Former Paradise Valley Vice Mayor; Hon. Scott Moore, Former Paradise Valley Vice Mayor; Hon. Anna Thomasson, Current Vice Mayor; John Wintersteen, Retired Paradise Valley Chief of Police; Larry Ratcliff, Former Paradise Valley Interim Chief of Police; Russ Mosser, Deputy Town Marshal & Former Council Member; Jim Rose, Current Planning Commission Chair; Rick Mahrle, Former Planning Commission Chair; Bill Nassikas, Paradise Valley Planning Commissioner; Hope Ozer, Paradise Valley Board of Adjustment Chair; Patty Beckman, Former Scottsdale Unified School District Board President/Current Board Member; Allyson Beckham, Former Scottsdale Unified School District Board President & Former Member; Joy McLean, Former Paradise Valley Council Member; Kate Brophy McGee, former State Senator for Paradise Valley; David Ortega, City of Scottsdale Mayor; Ginny Dickey, Town of Fountain Hills Mayor; Les Peterson, Town of Carefree Mayor; Bill Plummer, Former Paradise Valley Water Board Member, former Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources; Diplomatic Corps of Arizona (Honorable Enrique Melendez, Honorary Consul Republic of El Salvador, Executive Director)

Sources

1 Jerry For Mayor

2 LinkedIn

3 Arizona Progress Gazette

4 Twitter