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Glendale councilman denies he’s involved with PAC pushing pay hike for politicians

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By Jen Fifield | Arizona Republic

A newly formed political action committee in Glendale is pushing voters to approve salary increases for the city’s elected officials, and a council member who stands to benefit financially from its passage may be involved in the effort.

Diane McCarthy, a longtime Glendale resident and former state lawmaker, organized the “Best of the West” PAC on Oct. 2, according to the committee’s organizing document on the city’s website.

McCarthy said Monday morning that while she is the chairwoman, other people are running the PAC’s activities. She said she didn’t have specific details about the flyers and text messages the PAC has sent to voters so far.

She said she is getting information about the PAC’s activities from Glendale Councilman Ian Hugh and others.

Hugh was one of the four council members to vote in support of placing the salary increases on the ballot.

Reached by phone Monday afternoon, Hugh said, “I am not in charge of the PAC, I haven’t contributed to the PAC.”

“I know who the chairwoman is, and that’s Diane McCarthy.”

He said that he hasn’t provided any information to McCarthy about the PAC’s activities.

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