Mesa council candidates explain how to balance rural, urban lifestyles

By Richard Dyer | YourValley

A primary election is Aug. 2 for candidates in Mesa City Council districts 4, 5 and 6, with terms expiring in January 2027.

Candidates filing for a seat in each district are:
District 4: Jenn Duff (incumbent), Trista Guzman Glover and Nathaniel Ross;
District 5: Alicia Goforth;
District 6: Scott Somers and Darla Trendler.

As the primary election nears, the Independent is conducting Q&As with each council candidate to get their opinion on various topics having to do with the city of Mesa. In this installment are the answers to “How can the city balance the needs of residents with horse property and a rural lifestyle and those who prefer a more urban lifestyle?”

As the election gets closer, keep an eye on yourvalley.net/mesa-independent and the print edition of the Mesa Independent for more from the Q&A series.

For the following, candidate Alicia Goforth didn’t respond to emails.

Scott Somers
Scott Somers, 54, is a firefighter, paramedic and professor of practice. He has lived 27 years in Mesa District 6.

How can the city balance the needs of residents with horse property and a rural lifestyle and those who prefer a more urban lifestyle?: Unique neighborhoods are part of what makes Mesa a dynamic city that can fit the needs of any sort of lifestyle and people of all ages from retirees to students and young families. During my time on council, we worked for two years with residents to create a new general plan that builds diverse neighborhoods like Eastmark, Lehi and the Desert Uplands. Whether urban or rural, my focus is maintaining safe, clean, and vibrant places for people to live.

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