John Crane

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


Crane obtained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Villanova University in 1978. He also earned a master’s degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1985. Crane previously served as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. Crane has worked in sales in the semiconductor industry for about 36 years, including as owner of JH Crane & Associates Inc., a manufacturers’ representative company [2].

Crane previously served on the Town’s Subdivision Committee, as well as on the Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Crane also sits on the Maricopa County Association of Government Economic Development Committee and the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission [1]. Crane has been on the Town Council since 2013, and is currently the Vice Mayor [1]. In 2018, Crane was to hit a term limit set by the Town, but he still wanted to run–Crane sued, and the court found that Carefree’s term limits were unconstitutional [6].

Crane also served 12 years as president and board member of the Carefree Foothills Homeowners’ Association and is the Desert Foothills Land Trust Vice-Chair [1]. He is an Arizona Site Steward monitoring Native American archeological sites in the Cave Creek/Carefree area [1]. He received the Medal of Honor from the Black Mountain Foothills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution [1].

Key Issues


Crane wants to maintain good water quality and accessibility for Carefree residents [3]. He wants to explore ground water recharging and creating greater public water conservation awareness and behavior [4]. Crane also wants to integrate all Carefree homes into the Carefree Water Company system.


Crane wants to strengthen the current sales tax base in order to avoid a property tax. He also wants to promote economic development within the Town core, the northeast corner of Carefree Highway, and Cave Creek Road [3]. Crane seeks to practice conservative fiscal management of Carefree’s finances [4].

Public Safety

Crane believes in addressing security and traffic needs through the Maricopa County Sheriff services [3].


  • Individuals
    • Les Peterson, Town Mayor
    • Cheryl Kroyer, Town Councilwoman
  • Organizations
    • Scottsdale Association of Realtors


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3 carefreetruth2 
4 Sonoran News
5 AZ Central
6 AZ Central