Want to get into Southeast Valley politics? City and state politicians share the good and the bad

Jill Adair, Special for The Republic | azcentral.com

If you’re looking to local politics as a great place to get involved and serve your community, you may want to consider other, more difficult, areas of the job that will include compromise on issues, bickering partisan politics, repercussions of voting outside your party’s caucus, long hours, dealing with budget constraints and persistent lobbyists seeking to turn your vote.

“It’s the hardest job that I absolutely love,” said Kevin Thompson, Mesa City Councilmember from District 6, speaking to our recent Mesa Leadership class.

Coleman Sherwood Thompson
Addressing Mesa Leadership class about the local legislative process is State Rep. Doug Coleman, R-Dist. 16 (at left), State Sen. Andrew Sherwood, D-Dist. 26 (center), and Mesa Councilman Kevin Thompson.

At our class – focused on city and local government – we learned that while public service is commendable, it does have considerable challenges.

Candace Cannistraro
Mesa’s Budget Director Candace Cannistraro gives an overview of the city’s budget.

For the rest of the story, click here: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa-contributor/2016/03/14/behind-scenes-local-southeast-valley-politics/81671492/

Eric Emmert
Lobbyist Eric Emmert explains what he does to influence policy-making.




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