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A path forward: Freshman Paradise Valley councilwomen discuss priorities

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Newly elected Paradise Valley Town Council members, Ellen Andeen, on left, and Anna Thomasson, on right. /File photos


By Melissa Rosequist | Paradise Valley Independent

Two freshmen Paradise Valley Town Council members will take their seats on Thursday, Jan. 10, and both Ellen Andeen and Anna Thomasson contend they are eager to roll up their sleeves and get to work on the local dais.

In August, Ms. Andeen and Ms. Thomasson were elected to the Paradise Valley Town Council, along with the re-election of councilmember Paul Dembow. Meanwhile, then-Vice Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner ran unopposed for the mayor’s seat.

In a two-part series, theIndependentreached out to the Paradise Valley Town Council to gain insights into the top priorities for the 2019 year. This week’s installment features the council’s newcomers.

Both Ms. Andeen and Ms. Thomasson appear eager to begin their rolls on the local governing board, and list finding a new town manager as a top priority. Ms. Andeen says she wants to continue to build the foundation she started as a Paradise Valley Police Department volunteer and see increased community involvement between the two entities. While, Ms. Thomasson seeks a better understanding of the capital improvement projects process and a mitigation to storm water drainage.

READ ON to see what the two new councilmembers deem as the town’s most pressing issues for this year.

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