(Tempe, Arizona) Businessman and candidate for Tempe Mayor Michael Monti has received a key endorsement. The Tempe Chamber of Commerce endorsed Monti following his impressive performance at a January 30th debate co-sponsored by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Republic.
Monti not only discussed his background as owner of Monti’s La Casa Vieja, he also laid out his innovative plans to help Tempe go from good to great.
Monti stated, “It takes an endorsement just like this to overcome a self acknowledged career politician. I respect Councilman Mitchell’s service but Tempe can do better to fill Mayor Hallman’s big shoes. I appreciate the Tempe Chamber of Commerce recognizing this and encouraging someone from the business sector to move Tempe forward.”
Michael Monti, owner of Tempe’s historic Monti’s La Casa Vieja, co-founded Local First, Arizona. He is also active in the Tempe Diablos Charities, and is the youngest inductee in the Arizona Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame.
His campaign is based on bringing private sector ideas to government, fiscal responsibility, civic involvement, economic opportunity, and innovation. His proposals include:
- Financial incentives for city workers who save tax dollars
- The creation of the Tempe Community Corps to increase volunteerism, and aid Tempe neighborhoods
- Partnerships with ASU and the business community to bring more jobs to Tempe
- The creation of a public swimming beach at Tempe Town Lake, paid for by the private sector
- Partnerships with the ASU College of Nursing to aid Tempe seniors
Encouraging businesses to embrace eco-friendly projects such as the Blink Car Charging Stations at Monti’s La Casa Vieja
A ban on texting while driving in Tempe
Arizona leaders and organizations that have endorsed Michael Monti include:
Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman
Tempe Council Member Onnie Shekerjian
Tempe’s first elected Mayor, Rudy Campbell
The Tempe Chamber of Commerce
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne
Congressman David Schweikert
Former Tempe City Council Member ‘Hut’ Hutson
Former State Rep. Laura Knaperek
Tempe Democrat Carl Hayden