OD Harris

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Incumbent

Background

OD Harris earned his Master’s Degree in accounting before he served in the US Army. Later, he opened up an accounting firm and franchised the business. He then created the National Ready Set Go Foundation, which was meant to empower young people to pursue their dreams and reach their full potential. He also became a Best Selling author [1, 2, 4]. He was elected as the Vice Mayor of Chandler in 2021 and has served until the present [4].


Harris also serves on various boards in his position as the Vice Mayor. These include the Board of Directors, the Institute for Building Technology and Safety, the Board Vice Chair, Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority, the Chandler City Council Subcommittees for Economic Vitality, Innovation and Technology, Transportation and Neighborhoods, and many more [2].

Key Issues

Economy

OD Harris hopes to reduce the effects of the pandemic on the economy through specific reforms. He hopes to implement workforce development programs to strengthen future employees [2].

Education

By utilizing city resources to create more Public-Private Partnerships, Harris wants to encourage the usage of workforce development in schools. He supports the expansion of the University of Arizona and Arizona State University to accommodate projected growth, as well as advocating for more career programs to be in place to encourage young students [2].

Public Safety

Harris has previously voted to increase the number of public safety positions through a more competitive hiring process, and advocates for the continuous training of the Police and Fire Departments [2].

Endorsements

Jennifer Jermaine, LD18 State Representative; Cloves Campell Jr., former Arizona State senator; Corey Woods, Mayor of Tempe; Martin Sepulveda, former Vice Mayor of Chandler; Michael Johnson, former Vice Mayor of Chandler; Kathleen Winn, Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board; David Evans, Chandler Unified School District Governing Board Member; Sarah James, Kyrene School District Governing Board Member; Kiana Sears, Mesa Public Schools Governing Board; Gail Knight, Balsz Governing School Board Member [2].

Sources

1 Chandler
2 OD Harris 4 AZ
3 Ballotpedia
4 Chandler City Council
5 Facebook