2016 Queen Creek Town Council candidate Stacy Portonova, part two

Stacy Portonova

Stacy Portonova

 

Stacy Portonova is one of eight candidates running to fill one of three seats on the Queen Creek Town Council in the Aug. 30 primary election.

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Queen Creek Independent: Why should voters vote for you for town council?
Stacy Portonova: Voters should vote for me for town council because I want to be their voice. I’m interested in working together with other council members and town leaders, but all with the voice of the people in mind. Town council should be an extension of its citizens and should therefore work with citizens rather than for citizens. I support transparency between town government and its people and a community that is always well-informed about what its town government is doing on their behalf.

QCI: Queen Creek’s Town Center has been a hub of activity and new businesses. While very welcome in the community, most are chain stores and restaurants that can afford pricier retail centers such as Queen Creek Marketplace and QC District. How do you propose encouraging the opening of new businesses outside of the Town Center and keeping the price of doing commerce in Queen Creek affordable for mom and pop businesses?
SP: Addressing roads and infrastructure in all areas of the town will definitely help new businesses outside of the Town Center. Additionally, we have numerous trails and washes that could be connected so local small businesses are accessible to the trails and washes. We have a large equestrian community as well as a cycling community utilizing these trails and washes, many of whom love to stop for restaurant breaks, breakfast, lunch, etc. If you want small business to prosper it is very important to consider the wants and needs of long-standing residents of the community and the history and foundation of the community.

QCI: The town recently announced plans for the 30-acre West Park at 196th Street and Appleby Road, near Ocotillo and Sossaman roads. What role does parks and recreation play in the well-being of a community and which amenities do you believe are most needed during the next few years?
SP: I believe parks and recreation play huge roles in the well-being of a community as they have the ability to offer so much to the residents and a way for residents to feel connected and active in their community. I believe that, specifically, multi-use parks are the best option in our community as we have a varied and diverse population and parks and recreation need to consider what benefits will be derived from these various populations.

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