Adversity reveals character. The City of Glendale has experienced more than its fair share lately. The residents of Glendale and supporters of the Phoenix Coyotes will not find a better friend that Joyce Clark in the Glendale City Council. She is unwavering in her principals and rocksteady in her beliefs. Ms. Clark approaches the Council position as a full time job. No one on the Council surpasses her intellect and preparedness.
Ms. Clark was first elected to represent the Yucca district in 1992 and served notably until 1996 to care for her mother. In 2000 she had the distinction to be the first successful write-in candidate to win an election in Arizona over an incumbent. She has been a teacher, a business owner, a professional ceramist, and a wife, mother, and grandmother.
Coming onto the Council this November will be a new city manager, a new mayor, two new council members, and a new police chief. Her experience will be an asset as Glendale has fiscal and policy issues that must be addressed immediately. Having a councilwoman with the right kind of experience and beliefs in the issues at hand are of paramount importance. There can be no learning curve. Time is not on the side of Glendale.
If you read the transcripts from the Glendale Council meetings or watch them live, you know this. Joyce comes prepared with the facts and questions. She is a leader and does not back down from a fight. Recently, it was my pleasure to read about her exchange with Mayor Scruggs. Joyce used facts from independent analysis and (my favorite) the opponent’s own words from years ago to make her point and nullify the opposition. Joyce came prepared to the meeting with pages upon pages of documents and was able to prove her point through logic and reasoning. Her experience prepared her for that moment. Something her opponent will never know. Joyce Clark attends the meetings, asks the detailed questions, and has her constituents in mind at all times.
Phoenix Coyote fans have no greater friend at any level of government in the state than Ms. Clark. It is not an understatement to say we would have lost the team it not for the hard work and dedication she has given to this cause. Even last week, Ms. Clark was again defending why the Coyotes are good for Glendale against the outgoing mayor. In the lobby of the 2nd floor offices of the Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Club, there should be a large picture of Joyce Clark right next to one of Shane Doan. The two will save hockey in Glendale. On her website is a full length white paper on why the Coyotes should stay. I’ve provided the link http://www.joyceclark.com/?page_id=19.From Joyce’s words, my favorite paragraph.
“In addition to the 42 plus nights of hockey the Coyotes do contribute to the economic well being of Glendale. They pay a monthly rental fee. There is a ticket surcharge on every ticket sold that goes to Glendale. There is sales tax on everything sold in the Westgate area that is generated from their regular season of 42 nights a year. Additionally during the current playoff extension of activity at the arena both teams, team staff and an entourage of interested fans are generating sales tax by staying at Glendale’s Renaissance Hotel.
Ms. Clark has received endorsements from the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police as well as the Glendale Republic. And now from Howlin Hockey.
To read more about Joyce or how you can help her out, go to her website http://www.joyceclark.com/ Nov 2, 3, and 4th are upcoming dates that she especially can use volunteers to make phone calls and knock on doors.