Mayor Scott Smith, Arizona Republican candidate for Governor, today received the endorsement of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, one of the most respected conservative leaders in the country on immigration and economic development. Governor Brewer's support gives Mayor Smith's campaign a huge boost of momentum going into the final weeks of the race.
"Our next Governor must tell Arizonans the truth about where we stand and be able to make the tough choices to move our state forward," stated Governor Brewer. "As Mayor of Mesa, Scott Smith has proven he will be honest with Arizonans and bring people together to face our greatest challenges. He has my full support in this campaign and I ask voters to join me in casting a vote for Mayor Scott Smith by early ballot or on August 26th at the polls."
"I'm incredibly honored to have the support of a conservative leader and truth-teller like Governor Jan Brewer," stated Mayor Smith. "It was her leadership that led Arizona out of the Great Recession and into the beginning of the Arizona Comeback. I will work tirelessly to use the foundation she has left behind to unite all Arizonans and build a better Arizona together."
With less than 20 days to go until the Primary Election Day, Mayor Scott Smith has gained the support of Governor Jan Brewer, Maricopa County Board Chairman Denny Barney, 19 current and former Mayors from across the state and the Mesa and Chandler Chambers of Commerce. To learn more about Mayor Scott Smith's campaign, visit www.votescottsmith.com.
About Governor Jan Brewer:
Governor Brewer became Governor in January 2009 following the resignation of Governor Janet Napolitano. Governor Brewer would call upon each of the lessons from her upbringing and the entirety of her experience in public service.
Governor Brewer took control of a State budget crisis deemed the nation's worst, as well as an economy bleeding jobs by the tens of thousands. She vowed to bring Arizona back from the brink. And she did.
Her formula: Conservative leadership, free-market principles and a willingness to make tough decisions.
First, Governor Brewer and the Arizona Legislature shrank government to a size the State could afford. But she knew the key was not just to make government smaller. It needed to be more effective.
Governor Brewer instituted critical reforms to programs like Medicaid and the State personnel system. She raised the bar of expectations for Arizona teachers and students with the Arizona Ready education program, and oversaw a sea change in investigative policies and procedures designed to ensure that Child Protective Services does a better job living up to its name and mission.
Governor Brewer has been focused on economic growth, as well. Knowing private business is the key to a strong economy, she recruited some of Arizona's top business leaders to participate in the new Arizona Commerce Authority. She has also kept State regulations lean and worked with legislators to trim taxes and incentivize the creation of quality jobs, helping Arizona stand out in the worldwide competition for capital investment and corporate relocation.
About Mayor Scott Smith:
Mayor Scott Smith is a fourth-generation Arizonan who has distinguished himself in both Arizona's private and public sectors. Twice elected as mayor of Mesa, the 3rd largest city in Arizona and 38th largest city in America, he also served as President of the United States Conference of Mayors. He was the first Arizona mayor to ascend to that position.
Prior to his career in public service, Smith ran a local home-building company. The business was small and struggling financially when Smith took over, and under his leadership, the company became one of Arizona's largest real estate and development companies, with over 350 employees and $200 million a year in annual sales.
In 2008, Smith was elected Mayor of Mesa, defeating two incumbent members of the city council. He was unopposed in his re-election to a second term in 2012.
When the city of Mesa was faced with a $62 million budget gap, Mayor Smith oversaw the largest reorganization of city government in Mesa's history, slimming the city workforce by 10 percent and finding new efficiencies that enabled the city to do more with less. Mesa overcame the impact of the recession with a balanced budget every year Smith was Mayor, while raising service levels. One measure of success: today, major crime in Mesa is at a 40--ear low and FBI statistics show Mesa is the third-safest big city in America.
Mayor Smith also led a resurgence in economic development in a city long considered to be an underachiever. The city was named the most business friendly city in Arizona after committing to a success-driven, business-first culture referred to as 'Facilitate, Don't Regulate.' Billions of dollars in new investment were brought to Mesa from companies such as Apple, Able Engineering and Banner Health, and thousands of high quality jobs were saved and created. Mayor Smith also worked to accelerate the construction of State Route 24, a road that provides important freeway access to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. By building this much-needed road during the recession, the city saved taxpayers nearly $100 million and opened up a vital area in the region for economic development.
Mayor Scott Smith was born and grew up in Tucson and moved to Mesa in his youth. He and his wife Kim have been married over 35 years and have three children and five grandchildren.
Smith earned a degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University, and MBA and Juris Doctor degrees from Arizona State University.