Mesa council candidates talk economic development

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 “What types of jobs does Mesa need; and what is your plan for economic development?”

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.

Darla Trendler

Darla Trendler, 49, is a small business owner. She has lived in Mesa for 22 years.What types of jobs does Mesa need; and what is your plan for economic development?: Mesa is poised to add more technology sector based jobs. Because of the Elliott Tech Corridor, Mesa already has the things high-tech manufacturers and technology companies are looking for such as infrastructure, an educated workforce, zoning, and transportation options including air, rail and roads. Technology companies and entrepreneurs will create high-paying jobs that allow people to live and work in Mesa.

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