AZ Republic: Schapira, Kuby Enter Tempe City Council Race

Tempe Republic, Wednesday, January 15
By: Dianna M. Náñez

Former Arizona Sen. David Schapira and longtime Tempe political activist and community leader Lauren Kuby are entering the race for Tempe City Council, according to a news release sent to The Arizona Republic today.

Although the council race is non-partisan, the duo are considered powerful Democrats, who would likely draw avid support from the party. Their candidacies also could attract similarly high-profile Republicans to enter the Tempe election.

“I love Tempe. It’s my home, and it’s where I’ve chosen to raise my family, which is why I care so much about the kind of leadership we have on our City Council,” Schapira said in the release.

“I spent six years in the Arizona Legislature fighting to improve education and to create opportunities for our community because I knew that was what my constituents sent me there to do. Tempeans are looking for someone who will work for them every day to create jobs and keep our city’s streets safe, and that’s the kind of council member I’m going to be.”

Schapira is the assistant superintendent of the East Valley Institute of Technology and a Governing Board member of Tempe Union High School District.

Kuby, a 25-year resident of Tempe and a long-time community leader, has worked with the Tempe Community Council and Tempe Leadership Class XXV and advocated for human services and the homeless. She manages events and community engagement for Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability. Kuby has championed urban sustainability practices.

“I’ve been connected to ASU for nearly 20 years, and I know how important our nation’s largest university is to our community. Not only is it the economic engine of Tempe, it’s a source of culture and at the core of what makes Tempe one of the most unique cities in Arizona,” Kuby said in the release.

“My experience with the Global Institute of Sustainability and the Tempe Community Council has taught me how the decisions we make on the City Council will impact our community for generations. Now, more than ever, we need to double-down on the progress we’ve made in Tempe on energy efficiency and other initiatives and work with ASU to improve our environment and lead the Valley’s new, sustainable economy.”

Harry Mitchell, a former U.S. Congressman and longtime Tempe mayor, will serve as Kuby's campaign manager. Mitchell is Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell's father.

The primary election is Aug. 26, and the general election is Nov. 4.

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