Mayoral Q&A: Paradise Valley candidates talk about water issues

By Melissa Rosequist | Your Valley

In the second edition of Paradise Valley’s mayoral candidate Q&A series, Jerry Bien-Willner and Julie Pace answer questions about water, drought management and the recent fight to prevent EPCOR water rates from dramatically increasing.

Bien-Willner and Pace are running for the position of mayor in the upcoming Aug. 2 primary election. Bien-Willner, the incumbent, is hoping to be elected to a third term while Pace is in her second term as a Town Council member. If Pace is elected to mayor, she would resign her seat on council next January.
As the Aug. 2 primary election nears, the Independent is conducting a weekly Q&A series with both mayoral candidates to give readers insight into their platforms and priorities.

Read more about their positions on water issues below.

Jerry Bien-Willner

• Recently, the town fought EPCOR water rate increases for some residents. At the same time, the Valley of the Sun is in a drought. Is the overall topic of “water” something for the town and/or residents to be concerned about?

A healthy water supply is important to our town and indeed our state. The town, along with its partners at various levels of government, has been focused pro-actively on water issues for many years. While there is absolutely no need to worry, town hall also must stay focused on water issues. And our citizens are helping, too.

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