Tom Augherton

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Tom Augherton has a BA, MA, DPA, and Ph.D. Augherton works in government affairs for Arizona. Augherton was the first elected mayor of the Town of Cave Creek, and he has been a town council member, planning and zoning commissioner, member of the board of adjustment, part of the MAG regional council representing Cave Creek, member of the Arizona Judicial Advisory Commission, and member of the Maricopa County Superior Court [1]. Augherton is the former president and chief executive of the Arizona Association of Industries [3].

Key Issues

Water

Augherton wants to lower the cost of water for homes, and provide historic and current costs of municipal water and sewer facilities [2].

Government

Augherton wants to restore the prior protections governing how the mayor and council operate and promote transparency in the council’s budgeting and policies [1].

Public Safety

Augherton wants to install more fire hydrants to increase fire response capabilities and work with Carefree to create a joint force [1].

Budget

Augherton is against the current town debt of $50 million [1].

Infrastructure

Augherton wants Cave Creek to restore its rural appearance in the downtown area. He would like to bury all overhead electric lines, remove all sodium-vapor street lights, replace them with natural gas lamps in a Territorial style, and restore native trees for landscaping. He would also like to remove all roundabouts, speed bumps, traffic calmers, overhead pedestrian bridges, and other urban accommodations, opting for a more horse-friendly town, with horse hitches, watering troughs, and a shaded walking path [2].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 The Foothills Focus

2 AZ Central

3 Phoenix Business Journal