Paradise Valley incumbents receive nod from voters

Posted 8/12/20

Paradise Valley’s Town Council will remain the same for two more years, as Julie Pace, Scott Moore and Mark Stanton were all re-elected in the Aug. 4 primary election.

Additionally, Mayor …

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Paradise Valley incumbents receive nod from voters


Paradise Valley’s Town Council will remain the same for two more years, as Julie Pace, Scott Moore and Mark Stanton were all re-elected in the Aug. 4 primary election.

Additionally, Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner was running unopposed for a second two-year term.

Official results show each candidate received:

  • Mr. Bien-Willner: 3,723 votes;
  • Ms. Pace: 3,091 votes;
  • Mr. Moore: 2,537 votes;
  • Mr. Stanton: 2,351 votes.

Challenger Jonathan Wainwright, fell just short of being elected to the council, receiving 20 votes less than Mr. Stanton, with 2,334 votes.

Town Clerk Duncan Miller says there will be no run-off election or recount. The canvass of the election will be at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, on Zoom.

A continued Town Council

The three winning candidates all expressed their excitement to have residents’ support.

“I am very pleased that my record in support of protecting our iconic mountains, preserving the town’s heritage with low density and its unique residential character and preserving our quality of life resonated with voters and that my voice and initiatives represents the larger voice of our town residents,” Ms. Pace said.

Ms. Pace is honored to receive the largest number of votes, and reports her numbers are the widest margin of victory of any Town Council candidate going back 25 years.

“I will work to continue to earn the trust and confidence of town residents as I work with the mayor and my peers to address issues, maintain fiscal stability and promote public safety, and solve challenges that may arise while preserving our quality of life,” she said.

Mr. Moore says his volunteer service to the town has been rewarding, stating his voting record during the past four years is in lock-step with the municipality’s values.

“Being re-elected means I’m addressing issues that are most important to our residents,” Mr. Moore said. “I will continue to serve our town and to honor our unique values, keeping both at the forefront of my decisions.”

Pointing out the pandemic, Mr. Moore says he’s grateful to see Mr. Bien-Willner re-elected and supports his leadership for the next two years.

“His role as mayor during the pandemic has been remarkable,” Mr. Moore said. “I can work with anyone that wins a seat on Town Council. However, being familiar with my two colleagues who also won re-election brings certainty in knowing we as a group will be able to work together and navigate these rough times for he enrichment of our residents.”

Mr. Stanton agrees, stating continuity is always a positive aspect.

“I think continuity is always beneficial, especially with the creation of the updated general plan on the horizon, which our residents will ultimately review and consider for approval,” Mr. Stanton said. “We have important tasks ahead, and I’m fully prepared to help meet those challenges and opportunities with my fellow council members.”

Mr. Stanton says he is grateful for the opportunity to continue serving on the Town Council.

“I greatly appreciate the support and encouragement to seek re-election,” he said.

The town issue heard most while on the campaign trail this summer? Mr. Stanton and Mr. Moore agree it is the issue of short-term rentals.

“Federal and state laws are affecting the quality of life in our town, which is predominantly a quiet, safe, low density residential community. Pop-up speakeasies, event houses and party houses that have become the norm for short-term rentals have become the number one issue I hear about,” Mr. Moore said.

Mr. Stanton called short-term rentals “serious issues” and it will remain an important priority for himself and the entire council.