Pace Priorities


Paradise Valley


Paradise Valley's future is bright! I will be privileged to continue to put my experience and qualifications to work representing you.

Please vote to Re-Elect Julie Pace to the Town Council to Set the Pace for Quality of Life in Paradise Valley!

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The primary election is August 4, 2020 and mail-in ballots will be sent or you can go to Town Hall and vote in person.

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Julie Pace for PV Council

  • Protecting the scenic beauty, mountain vistas and desert ambience that are unique to our Town.

  • Prohibiting dynamiting our mountains.

  • Enhancing the safety and security of residents through innovative technology, community outreach and support for the Police Department, as well as during construction.

  • Addressing drainage, erosion and infrastructure,  including assessing the impact on neighbors of proposed building projects and town improvements.

  • Continuing Leadership to Improve the Hillside Ordinanceprocess by monitoring the effectiveness of amendments I spearheaded to include safety plans for construction and boulder stabilization and respect for our natural environment.

  • Operating an efficient, economical and transparent limited government.

  • Avoiding any property tax through sound budgeting and fiscal discipline and controls.

  • Adopting a Town ethics and disclosure policy ​to increase transparency.

  • Protecting property rights.

  • Working together to improve the way we live and enjoy our low-density Town without any property tax.

My roots, devotion to, and love of Arizona are deep.  My ancestors came to Arizona in wagons in the late 1800's, and the family still has a ranch in Navajo County.  I have lived here my entire life, attending Mesa public schools and ASU for a B.S in Business Administration, magna cum laude,  and J.D., cum laude.  I worked as a sales manager in the securities and insurance industry in Scottsdale before attending law school.  

I love Paradise Valley, having made it home for more than 18 years.  I have served on the Town Council for more than 3 years, and currently serve as Vice Mayor of Paradise Valley.

I have a passion for preserving the quality of life in our Town.  I have been active in civic affairs in the Valley for more than 30 years.  Information about my professional and civic experience is described on the Home Page of this website.  I would like to share on this page some highlights about my background and share some of my philosophy and approach to problem-solving.  

I am running for Town Council because a group of neighbors in the Stone Canyon area on the north side of Camelback Mountain had a series of neighborhood get togethers to socialize and to discuss common issues and concerns, such as protecting the mountain views and ambience, addressing drainage and runoff issues, questions about Town government, and other concerns to preserve the unique quality of life in Paradise Valley.  

These grassroots neighborhood gatherings resulted in a consensus that requested that I run for Town Council.  To demonstrate their support, these same neighbors -- all of whom are very busy people -- went out and obtained more than 300 signatures on nominating petitions for me, substantially more than any other candidate for Town Council.

I will continue to approach my service on the Town Council with the commitment, energy and passion that I have devoted to other endeavors during my career.  Here are some highlights:

  1. More than 3 years of service on the PV Town Council.
  2. Currently the Vice Mayor of Paradise Valley.
  3. Chaired the PV Advisory Committee on Public safety (ACOPS) to support and improve Police Department service and effectiveness.
  4. Reinvigorated the Paradise Valley Mountain Preservation Trust to protect the mountains that make PV unique.
  5. 28 years as a successful employment, OSHA, and litigation attorney representing companies, and State of Arizona, and local governments.
  6. Sales manager, securities and insurance, for 6 years.
  7. Recognition by Arizona Business Magazine as one of Arizona's 10 most influential lawyers.
  8. Judge Pro Tem, Arizona Court of Appeals.
  9. Receiving the Rio Salado Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)  Community Vision Award for contributions to the built environment.
  10. Former Chair and Member of the Mesa Downtown Redevelopment Commission, Redevelopment Advisory Board and Downtown Vision Committee for 10+ years, serving under 5 mayors, handling planning, zoning and board of adjustment responsibilities, nonconforming uses, variances, design, architecture, public infrastructure and working cooperatively with Council regarding funding sources, allocations and policy action items.
  11. Served on Mesa's General Plan Update Committee.
  12. Named Mesa's Outstanding Young Woman of the Year.
  13. Served as Cochair, Rio Salado Crossing ($1.8 billion convention center/Cardinals stadium/commercial/residential proposal).
  14. Cofounder, East Valley Economic Forum.
  15. Vice President, Economic Development, East Valley Partnership.
  16. Vice President, Soroptimist International.
  17. Cofounder, Southwest Shakespeare Company.
  18. Desert Landscape School Certification, Desert Botanical Garden.
  19. Interviewed by and quoted in numerous media and professional publications, including:
    • Wall Street Journal;
    • Business Week;
    • The New York Times;
    • CNN;
    • NPR;
    • FOX News;
    • Associated Press;
    • Forbes;
    • American Bar Association Journal;
    • USA Today;
    • HR Magazine;
    • L.A. Times;
    • Arizona Republic;
    • Paradise Valley Independent;
    • East Valley Tribute;
    • Arizona Daily Star;
    • Tucson Citizen;
    • NPR
    • Arizona televisions stations.
  20. Active in many other civic and professional organizations, including:
    • Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry;
    • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB);
    • Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA);
    • American Subcontractors Association of Arizona (ASA);
    • Arizona Landscape Contractors Association (ALCA);
    • Arizona Roofing Contractors Association (ARCA);
    • Home Builders Association of Central Arizona (HBACA);
    • The Phoenix Symphony;
    • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America.

Although I am a lawyer, my approach is to think of the profession as being in the problem-solving and conflict-resolution business, not the litigation business.  I try to think outside the box to attempt to find mutually satisfactory solutions to the conflicts that divide parties.  I have engaged in trouble-shooting services for private businesses, industries and trade associations, as well as State and local governments to resolve issues.  

If given the privilege and honor to serve on the Paradise Valley Town Council, I will be accessible to Town residents, will listen and give thorough consideration to everyone's views, and will seek solutions that are a win-win outcome whenever possible.  I will bring skills and experience to collaborate and solve concerns to benefit residents of Paradise Valley.   

PACE stands for Passion, Action, Commitment and Execution.  I welcome your views, comments, suggestions and support.  Please contact me through this website or at paceforpv@gmail.com or 480-985-2613.