Kevin Hartke is just days away from taking over as Chandler’s mayor, but you’ll have to forgive him if he’s a little impatient to get started.
Once the last of his three possible opponents had dropped out way back in May, he knew the job was his.
“I really decided that I was going to run for mayor two years ago,” Hartke said. “So, in many ways this has been the longest runway to mayor than I could have ever projected.”
After months of waiting – and years in the making – Hartke takes over for longtime mayor Jay Tibshraeny at this week’s City Council meeting. He takes the reigns of a city experiencing its greatest prosperity ever, and he knows replacing arguably the most successful mayors in Chandler history won’t be easy.