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Kenneth Weise, Chair
City of Avondale
Jenn Daniels, Vice Chair
Town of Gilbert
City of Peoria
City of Chandler
City of Mesa
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Huellmantel and Affiliates
City of Goodyear
City of Tempe
City of El Mirage
City of Maricopa
Vice President and General Counsel,
Vulcan Materials Company
State Transportation Board
David N. Smith
City of Scottsdale
City of Phoenix
City of Glendale
City of Surprise
Kenneth N. Weise was appointed Mayor in June 2014. Prior to his mayoral appointment, he served as an Avondale City Council Member beginning in January 2006 when he was initially appointed to a vacant council seat. He was subsequently elected to the City Council in September 2007 and, during his tenure, served as Avondale’s Vice Mayor from 2008 to 2010.
Mayor Weise currently serves on the National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Committee, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, Chair of the MAG Transportation Policy Committee, member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s Board of Directors and the Southwest Valley Chamber’s Board of Directors. A true public servant, he has also served on several other committees including the Charter Review Committee, the Contributions Assistance Council Subcommittee and as Chair of the Western Maricopa Enterprise Zone (WMEZ). As a strong supporter of education and youth, Mayor Weise is currently a member of the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable. Mayor Weise is a current member of the National League of Cities (NLC) and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.
Mayor Weise is a Corporate Sales Manager for the Wigwam Resort and previously served on the Board of Elders at Trinity Lutheran Church. He volunteers for various organizations and feels strongly about giving back to his community. He studied Business Administration at Moraine Valley College in Illinois. He and his wife, Shari, have two daughters and have called Avondale home since 1995.
Jenn Daniels has been serving on the Gilbert Town Council since 2009. On July 19, 2016, the Gilbert Town Council elected Jenn Daniels as Mayor, replacing John Lewis. Jenn was then elected by the voters to a full term as Mayor beginning January of 2017. Jenn is the founder of Operation Welcome Home, a program honoring returning men and women and their families from overseas deployments. As the liaison to schools, redevelopment, planning and in other assignments while on the Council, Jenn has worked to ensure Gilbert’s success now and into the future.
Jenn is a member of several statewide and regional boards including the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Executive Committee and General Administration, Human Resources and Elections Policy Committee, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, the MAG Transportation Policy Committee, the Kyl Center for Water Leaders Roundtable, the AZ Bioscience Steering Committee and currently serves as Chair of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority.
Jenn has a B.A. in Humanities from Brigham Young University and is married to Eric Daniels. They have three sons and one daughter and spend lots of time in parks, on bikes and enjoying Arizona.
David C. Berry is the Vice President of Phoenix based Swift Transportation, the nation's largest Truckload Carrier. Mr. Berry is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in finance. He has been a resident of Phoenix for 42 years and is an active member of the transportation industry. He serves as Director of the American Trucking Association (ATA) and Chair of the ATA Tax Policy and Communications committee. Other transportation activities include serving as Director of the Western Highway Institute, Chairman of the Arizona Highways Users Association, Director of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Governor's CANAMEX Trade Corridor Task Force.
Bridget Binsbacher was elected to the Peoria City Council in March of 2015, representing Peoria’s largest and fastest-growing district. She was recently elected by her fellow council members to serve as Peoria’s Vice Mayor.
Vice Mayor Binsbacher has served the community as a civic leader and involved parent for more than 20 years. She joined the Peoria Diamond Club as a Board member in 2006, and led the organization to new heights after they named her Executive Director in July 2008.
Binsbacher has lived in the Northwest Valley for nearly 30 years. She has an extensive background in the financial industry with a wealth of experience in operations management, sales management, and business development. She has been on the board of the Alzheimer’s Association and various parent and athletic clubs in the Peoria school district.
Currently, Binsbacher serves as Vice President of Business Affairs and Treasurer for the Arizona Cactus League as well as the Chairman of the Board Development Committee for the Peoria Chamber of Commerce. Her husband, Jon, is a firefighter/paramedic in the Northwest Valley, and they have four children: Kyle, Ryan, Kady and Clay.
Doug DeClusin is the founder, President and CEO of Sunland Asphalt, a full-service commercial grading, asphalt paving and Heavy Highway contractor. Founded in 1979, Sunland has grown from two to over 350 employees, with offices in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico and revenues reaching $100 million in 2014.
Over the last 35 years, Sunland Asphalt has completed a myriad of projects ranging from highways to parking lots. Sunland Asphalt has completed projects in over 30 states and Mexico. Sunland was named one of the “Top 50 Private Companies in Arizona” by the Phoenix Business Journal. In 2013, Sunland was named one of “Arizona's Fastest Growing Private Companies” and was most recently recognized as a “Top 5 Company in Heavy Construction” by Ranking Arizona, the Best of Arizona Business.
An active participant in the construction industry, DeClusin is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Chapter of The Associated General Contractors where he has been a member since 2007 and is on the Board of Directors for Pantheon Enterprises. He is also an active member of the Executives’ Association of Greater Phoenix. Doug was finalist for Construction Executive of the Year in 2009 by the Construction Financial Management Association and CEO of the Year by Phoenix Business Journal in 2012. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the Boys and Girls Club, Horses Help, the Ronald McDonald charities, as well as the ASU Del E. Webb School of Construction.
Councilmember Nora Ellen has been a resident of Chandler since 2002 and has lived in the Southeast Valley since 1990. She began her tenure on the City Council in January 2013.
She is a real estate investor and full-time multi-million dollar producer at Keller Williams Realty East Valley.
Councilmember Ellen initiated the City's Operation Welcome Home program, which recognizes the dedication and service of military members in our community.
Councilmember Ellen has served as a Commissioner on the City’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee and was appointed on Mayor Tibshraeny’s Four Corner Retail Committee. She was also the ex officio member of the Chandler Airport Commission. She currently serves on the Maricopa Association of Governments, Transportation Policy Committee and is on the Chandler Chamber Board of Directors, Public Policy Committee. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Pregnancy Care Center of Chandler to help women in crisis. In addition, she serves on the Realtor Association’s Government Affairs Committee and the Finance Committee for Keller Williams Realty East Valley.
She has a lifetime of volunteer service and leadership positions through children’s clubs, the Kyrene School Curriculum Task Force, PTO, Christian Services Association, women’s sports, homeless counseling, youth mentoring, fundraising and music teams. She has also assisted in elderly care, orphanage support, the Care 7 Crisis Response Team, Hope for Mexico and has served as a Trustee in her local church.
Councilmember Ellen has a son and daughter-in-law, House of Representatives J.D. Mesnard and Holly Mesnard, and daughter and son-in-law, Juel and Aaron Perry, and one grandchild, Liana.
John Giles was elected the 40th Mayor of Mesa, Arizona in August, 2014. Giles earned degrees from Brigham Young University in Political Science and Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He has managed his own law firm in downtown Mesa for more than 20 years.
In 1996, Giles was elected to the Mesa City Council and from 1998 to 2000, he served as Vice Mayor. After his service on the City Council, he remained active in the community and served on 25 boards and committees. Giles has been very involved in interfaith relations throughout the Phoenix-metro area, including serving on the Board of the Arizona Interfaith Movement. As Mayor, he serves on numerous local and regional boards and committees.
Born and raised in Mesa, he graduated from Westwood High School in 1978. Giles is an active marathoner and triathlete who has completed two full Ironman competitions, 20 marathons and four Boston Marathons. In 2013, he was named “Mesa Man of the Year.” Giles and his wife Dawn have been married for more than thirty years. They have five children and five grandchildren.
Vice President Havier was elected to office in December 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. He strongly supports education for community members, health-based programs and cultural preservation. He currently serves as the chairperson for the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Talking Stick Golf Enterprise and the Salt River Advisory Council for Children and Youth of the community. He also served on the National Indian Health Board.
Martin and his wife Toni are the proud parents of five children, three granddaughters and five grandsons. When not working he is involved with community events and family, he is also an avid sports fan.
Clint Hickman, a fourth-generation Arizonan from one of the West Valley’s most prominent families and businesses, is the Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. He was first appointed to the Board on March 21, 2013, and was elected in 2014 to finish out former Supervisor Max Wilson’s term. Hickman vowed to emulate Wilson’s integrity, decency and fairness – and to serve “as a real taxpayers’ friend.” On the board, he represents District 4, which serves Avondale, Buckeye, Circle City, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Morristown, Peoria, Sun City, Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Surprise, Wickenburg, Wittmann, and Youngtown.
Hickman brings energy, enthusiasm and enormous business and community experience to public service. He is vice president of sales and marketing at Hickman’s Family Farms, Arizona’s largest egg producer, a West Valley landmark business that started in 1944 on Grandmom Nell’s backyard porch with 50 hens. Hickman Farms now houses four million hens.
Hickman has 25 years in the business. And other than four years at the University of Arizona, he has spent his entire life in the West Valley. Like his predecessor Max Wilson, Hickman comes to politics after long service in community affairs and charitable causes. He is a former Honorary Commander of the 69th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, a member of the Hunger Project, the Arizona and Maricopa County Farm Bureau and board member of the Arizona Food Marketing Association. He was appointed and served as one of the few civilian members on the Arizona Meth Project. Most recently Supervisor Hickman was elected President of the County Supervisors Association for 2015.
Hickman and his wife Jennifer have two sons and a daughter. They live in Goodyear.
Georgia Lord was elected to fill a two-year unexpired term as Mayor of the City of Goodyear in March of 2011, was re-elected to serve a second term as Mayor in 2013, and was elected to serve her final term in 2017. She has served on the Goodyear City Council since 2005 before resigning her position as Vice Mayor to run for Mayor.
Mayor Lord represents Goodyear on the Maricopa County Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, Transportation Policy Committee, and Economic Development Committee. She serves on the WESTMARC Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the West-MEC Bond Committee, and is an Ex-Officio member of the West Valley Arts Council Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Arizona Mayor’s Education Roundtable, Arizona Town Hall alumni, and previously served as Vice Chair of the Arizona Municipal Tax Code Commission. Mayor Lord is currently the Co-Chair of the Luke West Valley Council, and is actively involved with the West Valley Partners and the Luke Forward Campaign, which played a key role in bringing the F-35 Mission to Luke Air Force Base.
Mayor Lord is a member and past Chair of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Ambassadors Steering Committee. She also serves on the GPEC International Leadership Council, and the GPEC Board of Directors. GPEC awarded Mayor Lord the Certified Ambassador Award in recognition of her promotion and advancement of economic development in greater Phoenix. Previously she served as Chair of the Goodyear City Center Technical Advisory Committee which was responsible for crafting Goodyear's new downtown strategy. In 2008, she was a member of the citizens' team that brought home the All-America City Award to Goodyear. Her goals are to continue to develop a sustainable downtown in Goodyear, attract new business and clean industries, enhance public safety services, and to keep Goodyear an All-America City.
Mayor Lord, who received her Real Estate certification from Arizona State University, has extensive experience in real estate sales and as a trainer for a national home builder. Her real estate experience gives her insight into how to create high quality, attractive communities. She also graduated with fluency in German from the State Department Institute for German Language before joining her husband overseas during his diplomatic tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force. A graduate of the 2003 Southwest Valley Citizen Academy, Mayor Lord is involved in her community and previously active on the Board of Directors of the Three Rivers Historical Society, the Purple Ribbon Council on Domestic Violence and the New Friends of the Goodyear Branch Library.
Married to Ron Lord, USAF Colonel retired, Georgia raised four children and also has five grandchildren.
Mark Mitchell is a third-generation Arizonan with deep roots in the Tempe community. Before being elected Mayor in May, 2012, Mitchell was elected to the City Council in March of 2000 and served three four-year terms.
Mayor Mitchell is a native of Tempe, attending elementary and middle school in the community before graduating from McClintock High School. He also earned a Political Science degree from Arizona State University. Mayor Mitchell is currently an Account Manager for DataBank, a Kyocera Group Company, that focuses on Business Process Improvement and Management.
During his time as Mayor, Mitchell has focused on strengthening Tempe’s local economy and the economic recovery by working to attract new businesses and retain current business partners. Since his election in May, 2012, the City of Tempe has added thousands of jobs, and with the addition of such companies like State Farm, Silicon Bank and Union Bank, Tempe is looking forward to welcoming tens of thousands of jobs over the next decade. Mayor Mitchell is also committed to maintaining and improving Tempe’s world-class assets like the Tempe Center for the Arts and Tempe Town Lake, working with law enforcement to ensure that Tempe is made up of safe neighborhoods, and to providing a transparent city government.
As a community member, Mayor Mitchell has served on numerous boards and charitable organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, Tempe Diablos, Tempe Leadership Class XV, Tempe Sister Cities, Tempe Impact Education Foundation, Rio Salado Foundation, and Tempe YMCA. Mitchell is on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and serves as the City of Tempe’s representative on the Maricopa Association of Government’s Regional Council, Regional Council Executive Committee, and Transportation Policy Committee and also serves on Valley Metro RPTA and Valley Metro Rail Boards of Directors. Mayor Mitchell also currently serves on the Executive Committee for the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and is involved with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities.
Mayor Mitchell is continuing his family’s legacy in Arizona politics. His father, Harry Mitchell, was Mayor of Tempe from 1978 to 1994 and served on the City Council for more than 24 years. Harry Mitchell also elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served Congressional District 5 including the City of Tempe from 2007 to 2011. Mayor Mitchell’s great-grandfather, W.W. Mitchell, moved to Tempe in 1945 and served as an Arizona State legislator in the 1940s. He has two daughters that he is raising in his hometown.
Mayor Lana Mook has called Arizona home for more than 30 years. After retiring from approximately three decades in management, training and patient relations in the health care industry, Mook devoted much of her time to volunteering in El Mirage, pursuing her commitment to do everything she could to improve her community. With a number of other community volunteers, she co-founded the People of El Mirage (POEM), a civic-based community organization focused on helping those in need, as well as informing the public on local issues. Under her leadership, the organization promoted local support for Luke Air Force Base, raised funds for local Cub Scouts, and participated in numerous food and clothing drives for the area’s residents in need. In addition, POEM members partnered with local public safety officials to increase safety and awareness in El Mirage neighborhoods.
In 2010, Mook was elected Mayor of the City of El Mirage. She currently serves on the Boards of both Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) and Western Maricopa Coalition (Westmarc). She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns and on the Executive Committee of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG).
Mayor Mook has provided many years of service to a number of organizations including the Phoenix Suns Charities, the Girl Scouts of America, the U.S. Forest Service (Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Fire Prevention Programs), and is a past Vice-President of the Greater Phoenix American Bowling Association.
Mayor Christian Price has been a resident of Maricopa since early 2005. After moving from Chandler with his wife, they purchased their first home and started a family. Mayor Price immediately got involved with his community by running for his HOA Board of Directors and was president for six years. He is very active in the community and volunteers his time whenever possible to non-profits, churches, the food bank and other service organizations. Mayor Price sits on the Maricopa Seniors Board as an advisory member, is a governing board member of For Our City/Citizens Corp and serves as a member of the Arizona Farm Bureau and the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce. He was also selected for Maricopa's first Board of Adjustments commission and served as its vice chair, before resigning to run for Mayor.
Mayor Price is an enormous advocate of networking – meeting new people and establishing relationships with citizens, stakeholders, regional partners, members of neighboring cities, and other government officials. He strongly believes that good working relationships with these groups and individuals will help Maricopa become a strong well-rounded regional player and directly influence the quality of life of the citizens through an enhanced economic development climate.
For more than 12 years, Mayor Price has been an entrepreneur and small business owner. He is the managing partner of Pantheon Investments, LLC/NPC, a financial advisory firm. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, he holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in English literature. Mayor Price has also had the privilege of working as a legislative analyst for the Arizona State House of Representatives and has first-hand knowledge of legislative processes and procedures. His family hails from northwest Tucson and he is an Eagle Scout who is fluent in Spanish. As a member of the Maricopa City Council, Mayor Price has a strong desire to work closely with fellow Council members and City staff to find the most economic and efficient solutions to help Maricopa grow and prosper.
Mark Reardon is Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel for Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE: VMC). Vulcan is the country’s largest producer of construction aggregates, with significant aggregate positions in the U.S and Mexico. Vulcan is also one of the nation’s foremost producers of ready mix concrete and asphalt.
Mark has been with Vulcan for 27 years, holding various business and legal positions. Prior to his current role with Vulcan, Mark served as Vice-President of Business Development and Division Counsel for Vulcan’s Western Division, responsible for strategic direction, growth and legal affairs, and as Vice-President and General Manager of Vulcan’s Arizona/New Mexico Region.
Mark graduated with honors from Arizona State University in 1982 and received his law degree from Creighton University in 1985. He also holds an MBA from Arizona State University. Mr. Reardon is admitted to practice in Arizona and before the U.S. District Court for Arizona.
Mr. Reardon’s professional affiliations include the State Bar of Arizona and the Maricopa County Bar Association. He has been appointed by the Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives to serve on the Arizona Mining Advisory Council.
Mark is a life member and past chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Rock Products Association. He is also a past member of the boards of directors of the New Mexico Mining Association and the Concrete Industry Management Program of the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University.
His community involvement has included memberships on the boards of directors of Arizona Special Olympics and the Boy and Girls Club of the East Valley.
Vice-Mayor Jack Sellers has lived in Chandler since 1994. He began his tenure on the City Council in January 2009.
He is the former facilities manager for the General Motors Desert Proving Ground in Mesa. In February 2014, Jack was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer to a six-year term on the Arizona State Transportation Board.
During his time here in Chandler, Jack has been active in the community and in the region with a strong interest in economic development and transportation issues. He served as a member and chair of the Chandler Transportation Commission and chaired the Chandler Transportation Bond Committee. He also served on the Airport Noise Compatibility Study Advisory Committee, represents Chandler on the Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee, and is a member of the MAG Transportation Policy Committee and a member of the MAG Regional Council.
He has also been very active with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council serving on the International Leadership Committee and as a board member and executive committee member. With the East Valley Partnership, he is a member of the board, serves on the Economic Development and Government Relations Committees and chairs the Transportation Committee. Jack is a member of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and participates on the Public Policy Committee. He also served as a board member and chair of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce — having been named Business Leader of the Year in 2004.
Vice-Mayor Sellers is a member of Arizona Town Hall and has served as a board member and participated in four Town Halls, twice as a Delegate and twice as a Panel Leader. He is also a member of the Arizona Mexico Commission where he serves on the Transportation Committee. He has been High School Booster Club President, Elementary School PTO President, Little League coach, Homeowners Association President and a member of the Maricopa Community College Commission on Excellence in Education.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from New Mexico State University. Jack has three grown children and eight grandchildren.
David N. Smith began his first term on the Scottsdale City Council in January 2015.
Councilman Smith has more than 40 years of senior financial management experience, mostly in the public service and not-for-profit sectors.
He served as Scottsdale’s city treasurer and chief financial officer from October 2009 until he retired in July 2013. Prior to that, he served as vice chair of Scottsdale's citizen budget review commission.
Before his service with the city of Scottsdale, Councilman Smith was the chief financial officer (CFO) for Amtrak from 2004 to 2007 and served as the CFO for the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest electric utility, from 1995 to 2003.
Previously, he was vice president of finance at LTV Corporation, a diversified company with interests in steel, aircraft component manufacturing and energy and defense products. Earlier corporate positions include assistant treasurer, director of corporate finance and vice president of corporate planning.
He and his wife Diana owned and published the Scottsdale Airpark News from 1986 to 1997.
Councilman Smith earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting from Northwestern University and a master's degree in finance from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.
Since taking office in 2012, Mayor Greg Stanton has worked tirelessly to build a modern economy that works for every Phoenix family. By boosting trade with Mexico, investing in the biosciences, and lifting up local small business, Stanton is leading the way to create an innovation-based, export economy built to last.
Stanton is committed to making our community a more welcoming and open place. Under his leadership, Phoenix became the first U.S. city to end chronic homelessness among veterans. Phoenix also earned national recognition as a leader on LGBT issues, and became the first Arizona city to earn a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's municipal equality index.
Stanton attended Marquette University on the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan. Before he was elected to his first term mayor in 2011, Stanton served nine years on the City Council and as Arizona's Deputy Attorney General.
In 2015, Stanton won reelection and also successfully led one of the most ambitious transportation initiatives in the country – a plan that will triple Phoenix's light rail system over the next 35 years. In his second term, Stanton will continue to shape an economy that works for everyone—one rooted in innovation and focused on growing exports.
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers is a husband, father, grandfather and devoted public servant who has spent his adult life owning and operating successful businesses, volunteering with non-profit organizations, and serving his community through public service. He and his wife Sandy have been married for 33 years and have lived in Arizona since 1966. Together, they have one daughter and two grandsons. A battle with cancer as a young man gave Mayor Weiers an outlook on life, focused on service, creative problem solving, and enjoying life to the fullest. It is with these values that he diligently serves as Mayor of Glendale every day.
Since taking office in January 2013, Mayor Weiers has actively worked to bring new economic and community activity to Glendale. In just his first year, Mayor Weiers helped the city obtain more than a million dollars in grants for public safety and local non-profit groups, established an annual event to help military veterans, and welcomed many new businesses to Glendale as the City strives to be the most business friendly community in Arizona.
Prior to taking office in Glendale, Mayor Weiers served four terms in the Arizona State Legislature. During that time, he chaired the Natural Resources, Military Affairs and Public Safety, and Rules Committees. Mayor Weiers also served Arizona on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Military Sustainability Task Force.
Throughout his life, Mayor Weiers has been devoted to serving his community. His long and impressive record has earned him recognition for his work on behalf of sportsmen, motorcyclists, and military veterans groups, to name a few.
Mayor Weiers is also an accomplished pilot as well as a member of the Civil Air Patrol with over two decades of flying experience. He owns a hangar and flies out of his home base at the Glendale Airport.
Mayor Sharon Wolcott was elected November 2011 on a platform calling for creating more jobs, providing new education options and addressing traffic congestion in Surprise. But priority one was to straighten out the financial mess that had built up over a decade, and to bring about fiscal accountability and transparency at City Hall. The city balanced its budget and restored its reserve in just one year. That good news was followed by the rating agencies restoring their faith in Surprise bonds. Under her leadership, the city council has also restored and enhanced its economic development team, and along with it the prospects for new business development in the City. 300 new businesses and 1,000 new jobs is just the beginning for Surprise’s next chapter.
Mayor Wolcott’s hands-on style of leadership is expected to help drive solutions to some of our community's most pressing and important challenges and opportunities. She breathed new life into a plan to address one of the worst performing intersections in Arizona, and has set her sights on connecting Surprise to the regional transit grid.
Sharon discovered Surprise in 2003. Her first opportunity to serve here came in 2008, when she was appointed to the Surprise Transportation Commission, serving as Vice-Chair. She was elected to the Surprise City Council in 2009.
Before coming to our community, Sharon previously served on the city council in Newport, MN and as a state legislator in both the Minnesota House and Senate.