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After a long ‘runway,’ Hartke eager to fly

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Lynne and Kevin Hartke have been married 37 years and have four children and four grandchildren, the youngest arriving this past November. Lynne is an author and blogger who in 2017 published a book detailing her and her late mother ‘s bouts with breast cancer. / Special to the East Valley Tribune


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.


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