Name: Brigette Peterson
Educational background: High school graduate
Current employer/job: Did not answer.
Immediate family: Mark and 1 grown, married daughter
Organizations: Valley Metro/RPTA Board of Directors, Valley Metro/RPTA Audit and Finance Committee, MAG Human Services and Community Initiatives Committee, Council liaison to Chandler Unified School District,Gilbert Sister Cities Board, Gilbert Feeding Families andGilbert Planning Commission; immediate past chair of Gilbert Leadership Board of Directors.
Year you moved to Gilbert: 1995
Last book read: “Mastering Civility” by Christine Porath
Why are you running for or seeking another term on Town Council? To continue being a very active and involved member of the Town Council. I believe one of the things that makes Gilbert special is that the Mayor, Vice Mayor and Town Council members attend events, ribbon cutting, meetings etc.
Briefly explain your three most significant accomplishments.
Merged Design Review Board with the Planning Commission, accomplished September 2016, creating a shorter process for applicants, saving everyone time & money.
Bringing in-person interviews for Board & Commission positions back to the application process, it’s important to meet potential volunteers in person.
Over the last 3.5 years, 10,079 jobs were added in Gilbert, another 10,022 jobs announced by Gilberts Office of Economic Development. Including an announcement by Deloitte, first phase of 1500, advance technology jobs. Construction began on Parking Structure 2 in the Heritage District (paying cash), broke ground on the new Gilbert Regional Park & Rittenhouse Basin park.
How can the Town Council promote commercial-residential balance in Gilbert? The Town is just beginning our next General Plan update for the next 10-20 years and this will be a very important process for the community. Good planning is the best way to balance the future needs of Gilbert. A strong commercial base is important to the future of Gilbert and I know will be a main topic with stakeholders in the process.
Gilbert has several large public projects in the works, including Gilbert Regional Park and the public safety training facility. How should the town approach paying for these types of projects?
Responsible financial management is key, aggressively paying down debt and saving money has improved credit bond ratings. Responsible financing for the projects we can’t pay cash for such as the Public Safety Training Facility (PSTF), when the bond passes in November, this will allow us the opportunity to borrow money at the lowest possible rate. We’ve negotiated land deals paying $10 for Chandler Heights Basin, identified a better piece of property for the PSTF with a much lower economic value. Doing so allows us to sell the excess property with a higher economic value to use funds for PSTF.
What role should public funds play in the redevelopment of the Heritage District moving forward?
Redevelopment requires investment in infrastructure. An initial investment in infrastructure created the development we are seeing in the Heritage District. We should continue with the formula we’ve used to achieve the success that we are enjoying today. As presented at our recent spring financial retreat, because of the early vision, the town is seeing a return on investment of $3 for every $1.
What is the biggest challenge facing Gilbert over the next five years?
The closer we get to build-out the more we need to focus on the loss of construction tax dollars. We need leaders with experience, good planning backgrounds and a logical sense of fiscal responsibility. Those leaders need to protect and enhance our business districts and employment corridors. The focus needs to be on increasing our tax and employment base.
What are your three primary goals if you are elected?
Work diligently on the General Plan update for 2020 that will cover the next 10-20 years. Balancing commercial and residential needs as we focus on build-out. A strong focus on infrastructure throughout the community. There are different needs in different areas. Continue to work closely with Public Safety on the needs of the community for not only the next 4 years but into build-out of Gilbert.
‘I’m fair, honest, logical and an independent thinker’
By Brigette Peterson
Gilbert residents and businesses can count on another four years of me being an engaged, active representative in the community.
I’m very fortunate to not work outside my home, and my No. 1 goal for running for Gilbert Town Council is to be actively involved. I attend all Town Council meetings, town events, ribbon cuttings for small, medium and large businesses, and support our education community.
Additionally, I serve as liaison with many groups in Gilbert and in the Southeast valley. I meet with and respond to all residents or make sure someone on our team responds and assists when anyone has a question or issue. When I can, I make connections between residents and businesses or non-profits.
I don’t just talk about statistics. I engage our town employees by joining our public works team in garbage trucks, Gilbert Fire & Rescue at the local stations and as they answer calls, and with the Gilbert Police Department as they serve the residents of Gilbert.
Additionally, I am very thorough in my job by meeting with stakeholders, making phone calls, and attending extra meetings with town staff to ensure our residents are being effectively served.
I am endorsed and supported by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, SEVRAR (South East Valley Regional Association of Realtors), Police & Fire Associations among many members and leaders of our community. I’m fair, honest, logical and an independent thinker!
I’m here to serve, not only as an elected official but as a proud member of this community. I want to make sure this great town maintains its wonderful attributes, the reasons we all love to call Gilbert home.
Please visit my website at VoteBrigettePeterson.com. Also, you can find me on Instagram @votebrigettepeterson and Facebook @votebrigettepeterson
Peterson: Citizens have a true representative in me
By Brigette Peterson – Aug, 05 2018
As a candidate for re-election to the Gilbert Town Council, I want the residents of Gilbert to know you have a true representative in me. I serve Gilbert every day. I promote Gilbert in every activity. I love and believe in this community and live that commitment every day.
I work hard to demonstrate that commitment by being actively involved in the required Town Council meetings but also at events, ribbon cuttings, on social media and as Gilbert’s liaison to schools, businesses and in regional representation. I pride myself in being very responsive to the Gilbert citizens when they reach out with needs or concerns.
In the past 3.5 years as a sitting councilmember, one of things of which I am most proud is to have merged the Design Review Board with the Planning Commission, accomplished in September 2016. This resulted in creating a shorter process for applicants, saving everyone time & money.
As a former volunteer, originally appointed by the Town Council to the Planning Commission, it was important to me to bring interviews for board and commission positions back to the application process. I believe the mayor and council should meet potential volunteers in person and I am glad that is back in place.
Working as part of a team with the other Councilmembers and Town Staff, 10,079 jobs were added in Gilbert, and another 10,022 jobs announced by Gilbert’s Office of Economic Development – including an announcement by Deloitte, with a first phase of 1500, advance technology jobs in the Rivulon project.
Construction began on Parking Structure 2 in the Heritage District. We broke ground on the new Gilbert Regional Park & Rittenhouse Basin park. Park University Gilbert was announced to take up residence in the University Building on Vaughn Ave.
I believe all these things are good for Gilbert.
But, I’m not done.
My next commitments include: working diligently on the General Plan development update for 2020 that will guide the next 10-20 years, balancing commercial and residential needs as we focus on build-out, a strong focus on infrastructure throughout the community (we have different needs in different areas), and continuing to work closely with Public Safety on the needs of the community for not only the next 4 years but into the build-out of Gilbert.
There’s a lot to do and I look forward to getting it done. I appreciate your vote.
‘Every decision I make is with the future in mind’
By Brigette Peterson – Aug, 12 2018
What’s next for Gilbert?
We will be celebrating Gilbert’s centennial in 2020. We’ve come a long way from being the “hay capital of the world.”
What does Gilbert want to be known for in the future? We earn so many accolades on a regular basis such as “Most Prosperous City,” “2nd Safest City in the U.S.,” “Best Place to Raise a Family in Arizona” plus many more. By using these great accolades, great parks and education along with a AAA Bond rating bring new businesses.
How do we ensure a strong tax base for our future when the construction comes to an end? We invest in ourselves which makes businesses want to invest too.
Over the next few years, significant investment of public funds to update infrastructure within the Heritage District. This investment in infrastructure will be a boost to the booming downtown.
There will be a focus on buildout and long-range planning. I won’t be looking at the first 100 days in office or even the four-year term, I’ll be looking at 10 to 20 years out.
Every decision I make is with the future in mind. I’m also a strong believer in you need to know where you’ve been to know where you are going. I have a strong historical perspective in Gilbert over the heaviest growth years from 2000 to today.
The next General Plan update will be on the ballot for your vote in 2020. Let’s work on the plan together, be involved, follow along on the towns social media channels and website and be involved. Attend the open house events we will have, answer surveys and be part of the process!
Vote for me to help plan the future of this great community. Vote Brigette Peterson on your early ballot or at your polling place on 8/28. Visit my website for more information: votebrigettepeterson.com