April 7 - Paradise Valley Town Council race set for August primary election - CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE
Ms. Pace is also running for her second term on Paradise Valley Town Council, where she is currently serving as vice mayor. Ms. Pace says she is running for re-election to continue fighting for the town’s quality of life.
Ms. Pace has lived in Paradise Valley for 18 years, and has provided public service in leadership positions for over 28 years, in addition to being a 25-year employment and OSHA lawyer.
“I have a strong compass for protecting our unique and special community,” Ms. Pace said. “I have a solid background in both business and legal as an employment lawyer with college degrees and deep experience through good times and recessions.”
Ms. Pace says she is financially savvy, fiscal conservative, and a “doer” who is creative with solutions and results oriented.
“I am proud of making a difference for our town and have done so many times in my service as vice mayor and a councilmember,” she said.
During her first campaign, Ms. Pace was passionate about preserving the town’s scenic views, mountains and unique residential character --- she says she has more to do on that front.
“This election is critical regarding development issues and the General Plan,” Ms. Pace said. “The higher density development and short-term rental pressures are high. My voting record is strong on preserving quality of life. I will integrate those views into the General Plan.”
Ms. Pace says residents must act now to support councilmembers whose voting record lines up with town values.
“Our current mayor and core council members are good at pushing back on development that residents do not want to see. Residents may not realize how much we do behind the scenes to avoid projects that do not fit our town. There is a difference between those who want to see our town turn into Scottsdale and rent short-term rentals and sale condos, and myself who want to hold the line and keep what is the paradise in Paradise Valley,” Ms. Pace said.
“When the economy turns around, our town will confront more requests for variances, condos, and denser projects. Residents will need to choose who will roll over for developers and who will stand strong for our town values and responsible development.”
May 27 - Pace: A tribute to the men and women who serve in our armed forces
By Julie Pace
On Memorial Day, the Town of Paradise Valley was able to participate and honor the military veterans and all those who have served in all branches of service, along with their families, who sacrificed and did so much to provide the freedoms, democracy and integrity for our country.
As town residents are likely aware, every Memorial Day, there is a special Memorial Day service that occurs at the Camelback Cemetery on McDonald Drive across from Kiva School in Paradise Valley.
Because of COVID-19, the traditional Paradise Valley Memorial Day service was postponed and moved to the military statue honoring veterans located in front of the Scottsdale City Library, primarily because there would be more space available for physical distancing for attendees, along with shade under the trees.
Many people came. The Color Guard posted the flag, the military guard fired a salute, taps was played on the bugle, and two wreaths were laid on the statue to honor veterans.
American Legion Post 44 led the efforts to host this event in conjunction with the City of Scottsdale and many veterans.
I was privileged as vice mayor to represent Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner and the Town of Paradise Valley and speak at the event to show our council’s united support for our military. The following are some excerpts from my presentation.
June 11 - Ask the candidate: What is the future of development in Paradise Valley? - CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE
Paradise Valley has remained committed to a low-density, residential community since its inception --- however, the four individuals running for a seat on Town Council say elected leaders need to actively protect the town’s character. Those seeking election in the Aug. 4 primary election are incumbents Scott Moore, Julie Pace and Mark Stanton --- and newcomer Jonathan Wainwright --- who has been a longtime town volunteer. There are three seats to be filled. Town Council members serve four-year terms, while the mayor serves a two-year term.
Leading up to the August primary, Independent Newsmedia is providing a question-and-answer series for residents to better understand the perspectives of the four Town Council candidates.
Read below to see what they had to say.
• If elected to Town Council, how will you balance proposed development projects while maintaining Paradise Valley’s commitment to residential quality of life?
My initiatives and voting record demonstrate my passion for preserving the quality of life in Paradise Valley. I voted against a resort expansion that included three story high balconies directly overlooking and adjacent to one-acre family homes. When reviewing development projects, I have a strong compass for our Town’s heritage. I also will integrate these views and my legal expertise into the upcoming general plan process to protect our town.
I will continue to be a watchdog for our residents on quality of life issues. I seek re-election because I have more to do to preserve our scenic views, mountains and unique residential character of our town. Our town will confront more requests for variances, condos, and denser projects. Residents will need to choose who will roll over for developers and who will stand strong for our town values and responsible development.
Many of our residents have fatigue about the increased traffic, increase in construction density, and short term rental issues that have plagued some neighborhoods. I want to stop short-term rentals and stop party houses. I want to protect medians and the center turn lane on McDonald Drive, implement ways to reduce cut through traffic, and protect the one house per acre residential character of our community. Working with residents, together we have the voice and the power to preserve our town values and withstand dense development and short-term rental pressuresthat continue to line up against our one house per acre residential character.
• What are your views on town density as it currently sits? What do you think density will be like in years to come?
Density will increase in the years to come if pro-development candidates are elected to council.
There are some dense projects already built in our town that residents are frustrated about and do not want to see more of. Paradise Valley is a gem and can be degraded very quickly. Studying candidates and reviewing voting records is critical. Residents need to be wary.
A pro-development council will:
The town would never be able to return to what it was. If bad deals are made and increased density occurs, that bell can’t be unrung. The higher density development and short-term rental pressures are high.
There will be many continued pushes to Town Council, Planning Commission, Hillside Committee and Board of Adjustment for variances, density, parking exceptions and special use permits (SUPs). It matters who is elected to Town Council and who is appointed to these positions.
Having said that, responsible development can and does occur in our town. We have creative architects and general contractors who do an excellent job in creating and using their expertise to integrate new construction into Hillside and non-Hillside neighborhoods. Those professionals should be recognized and applauded for their efforts.
August 9, 2016; Paradise Valley Independent: Julie Pace: I will bring added value to Paradise Valley Town Council
By Julie Pace
I am running for town council because I love Paradise Valley and have a passion for preserving our quality of life. As a fourth generation Arizonan and 13-year resident of Paradise Valley, I understand the importance of being faithful to our town’s Heritage.
My top priority on the Town Council will be to preserve and enhance our unique quality of life in Paradise Valley.
Our mountains and residential desert ambiance are what attracted many of us to Paradise Valley, and are also essential to maintaining the vitality of our town’s resorts. The revenues generated from our resorts help us avoid a property tax and support critical town services.
Also, I will work hard to protect the low-density residential character that makes our town unique.
Preserving our unique quality of life in Paradise Valley begins with strong public safety services. Due to the current town council leadership and the outreach efforts of our police department, we have seen significant improvements to our public safety services.
We need to build on these improvements, and as a member of the town council, I will ensure that public safety remains a top priority and work hard to enhance this critical service to keep our residents safe and secure. As your councilwoman, I will focus on finding ways to enhance our public safety services to keep Paradise Valley families safe and secure.
I am a collaborator and problem solver, and have worked under five mayors to make a difference on municipal planning, zoning, design, and execution for more than a decade.
My experience is unique because I have represented both the private sector and local governments in government contracting matters. This is relevant to service on the council because how our town spends taxpayer dollars in procuring goods and services is important for fiscal responsibility and public accountability.
I look forward to using my education and experience to serve on the town council to take real action on the quality of life issues that are so important to all of us.
If given the privilege and honor to serve on the Paradise Valley Town Council, I will be accessible to residents and work cooperatively with the mayor, council, and staff to preserve our quality of life, enhance public safety, and address drainage and infrastructure issues while continuing to avoid a property tax.
PACE stands for Passion, Action, Commitment and Execution. Learn more about my campaign for Town Council at www.PaceForPV.com or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would be honored to have your support and ask for your vote by early ballot or on Election Day, Tuesday, Aug. 30.
February 20, 2020 - Pace: I fight for the quality of life in Paradise Valley - CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE
By: Julie Pace
I am proud to currently serve as your vice mayor. I am running for re-election to Town Council because I love Paradise Valley and have a passion for preserving our quality of life.
May 28 - Paradise Valley Town Council Candidates Talk Purpose of Political Campaigns - CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE
Why you are running for Paradise Valley Town Council?
I want to be re-elected to continue to fight for our town’s quality of life and protect our mountains. I am proud of making a difference for our town and have done so many times in my service as the current Vice Mayor and councilmember. I have more to do to preserve our mountains, scenic views, and unique residential character.
My strength and experience in business, and as an employment and OSHA lawyer, has allowed me to benefit the town and preserve its quality of life. I handle risk management issues successfully. Legal matters often arise, and my understanding of contracts, law and litigation has allowed me to serve effectively to benefit town residents. I was able to use my depth in COVID-19 related issues to assist our mayor and town manager.
I am a problem-solver who thinks out of the box, and I enjoy working with my peers to address town issues.
I like serving our residents and making things better for the current and next generations, while reducing risk and liability. I have more to do regarding drainage and stormwater issues. And, I focus on safety in our community whether on the streets, in the home, or on hillside.
I am privileged to work with the Paradise Valley Mountain Preserve Trust (PVMPT) and will continue to support their efforts to preserve land.
I am fiscally conservative and financially savvy and will continue to work to ensure there is no property tax in Paradise Valley and that we continue to pay down the police pension trust fund. I support our world-class resorts and their employees as they evolve out of a difficult time period.
I will continue to strongly support our excellent chief of police and the concierge police department that partners with our residents to increase safety and security in our community. I was honored to serve as ACOPS chair for over two years. I value and enthusiastically back our police officers and respect their commitment to this community.
What do you want to accomplish?
I want to be active with our upcoming general plan update to protect our town’s quality of life. Many of our residents have fatigue about the increased traffic, increase in construction density, and short term rental issues that have plagued some neighborhoods. I want to stop short term rentals and stop party houses.
My voting record is strong on preserving quality of life and I will integrate those views into the general plan, including protecting medians and center turn lane on McDonald Drive, implementing ways to reduce cut through traffic, and protecting the one house per acre residential character of our community.
As the economy turns around, our Town will confront more requests for variances, condos, and denser projects. Residents will need to look closely at voting records to determine who will roll over for developers and who will stand strong for our town’s values and for responsible development.
Working with residents, together we have the voice and the power to preserve our town heritage and withstand dense development and short term rental pressures that continue to line up against our one house per acre residential character.
What do you want to change at Town Hall?
Items to change or improve include:
Establish customer service feedback so residents and third parties who engage with the town can answer surveys that can help our town manager ensure high quality experiences;
Develop and implement better aesthetics for the ugly utility boxes that permeate our town landscape;
Identify ways to reduce traffic;
Address drainage and stormwater issues and projects to help neighborhoods with localized issues;
Continue to preserve mountain lands, open space, and scenic views --- which are under attack; and
Identify and eliminate loopholes or vagueness in the Town Code and make it a level playing field for everyone.
For more information, visit paceforpv.com. Please vote on August 4.