This week I had the opportunity to shadow Mesa Mayor John Giles.
We had time to visit and I asked him some questions about our community and why he wanted to get involved in municipal government. He said while he initially rejected the idea of running for mayor he now loves the job and said he was announcing the next day his intention to seek re-election.
See his announcement video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al_dlHtCGMo
I attended a meeting with the mayor about Artspace, an affordable housing project coming to Mesa for struggling artists. Then we walked across the street from his office to attend City Council study session, where we heard a proposal for a multi-field soccer and fieldhouse complex in northeast Mesa. Then at City Council meeting I saw him and other city leaders discussing and voting on city issues, including naming the utility building after former City Manager Charles Luster. It was all a great experience!