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Gilbert Town Council Candidates

Hi friends ūüôā

I wanted to send a quick reminder out that early voting has started today (for the primary election).
The regular (go to the polls voting) is on Aug 26th.
Last day to register to vote for the GENERAL election is Oct 9th
General Election is November 4th.
Many of you know that I am active in politics and for the last few years have been a precinct committeeman for our local district. ¬†Hence the reminders ūüôā
I have opinions (some are louder than others) regarding most of the races, but wanted to share a little info on the 7 (I believe only 7 now) that are running for the Gilbert Town Council. ¬†I believe that if we really want to change anything in the country, you absolutely have to start with local government. The Gilbert Town Council has been relatively “conservative” over the years. ¬†As Gilbert has grown, the town has enacted some bigger government policies as that was believed to be necessary for proper growth.
Here are the 7 candidates (for 4 open positions):
*  Eddie Cook (currently on council and serves as Vice Mayor), website is
“moderate to conservative” type of conservative
Cook works for international technology firm NetApp in its Scottsdale office and has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Arizona State University. He has lived in Gilbert for 28 years.
*  Victor Petersen (currently on town council), website is
limited government type
Petersen works as general manager for his family’s homebuilding company, VIP Homes,and has lived in Gilbert for 23 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University.
*  Jordan Ray (currently on the town council), facebook page is
“moderate to conservative type of conservative
Ray works for inData Corp. in Gilbert, a company that provides legal software and consulting. He has a degrees in information technology and law. Ray has lived in Gilbert for five years.
*  Jason Cvancara Рwebsite is
newcomer – seems conservative.
A Phoenix police officer and US Air Force Reservist.
Cvancara owns Serialtrak, a small business that provides home-protection services, and has a master’s degree in international security from University of Arizona. He’s lived in Gilbert for five years.
*  Brigette Peterson Рwebsite is
Newcomer – More moderate conservative.
Currently not employed.
Peterson has lived in Gilbert for 18 years and serves on the board of directors for the Gilbert Leadership program. She has served for about 14 years on the Planning Commission, taking on additional responsibilities as the zoning hearing officer.
*  TJ Tillman Рwebsite is!background/csgz
Newcomer – moderate to conservative type of conservative
Tillman studied finance at Capella University, an online education provider, and previously worked as a banker for JPMorgan Chase.
*  Tim Rinesmith Рfacebook page is
Newcomer – don’t know much about him.
Rinesmith has a degree in business administration from University of Phoenix and has lived in Gilbert for 11 years.
I personally will be voting for Victor Petersen for two main reasons:
1 РHis voting record is very close to mine Рmore of a limited government and let the people run their own lives kind of guy.  
2 – He (along with Jared Taylor who is currently on the council and who’s seat is not up) have brought up very good points and many things to consider that many on the council had not considered. ¬†I have a number of “moderate” friends that have said, how much they appreciate the different perspectives that they bring to the council.. even though they often disagree with them – after bring up some of those points, they have seen value and have somewhat changed their perspective.
If interested for any of my personal thoughts (or who I may be voting for) for this race or any of the other races, just shoot me an email.
Happy Voting!!