GILBERT TOWN COUNCIL
Vote Eddie Cook
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As a business leader in corporate America, I recognized immediately that the Town is a billion-dollar corporation and needs to be run as such. This requires leaders that have enterprise corporate experience, management skills, and corporate vision. I have those skills and have successfully demonstrated leadership in moving the Town of Gilbert to the next level of efficiency. The Town is now on solid fiscal footing: providing top-notch services with a sustainably balanced budget while paying off debt. It’s been a great honor to serve our community and I will continue to do so fairly and enthusiastically if re-elected.
One of the greatest strengths as a leader is to “Dream Big”. My greatest hopes and dreams are to help inspire or stir the soul of individuals to believe there is a vision ready to be discovered in Gilbert. A vision that will be contagious and draws families closer together. I envision a culture that values creativity, diversity and civility in our community. I would love to see that this momentum we have created together will continue to excite the next generation of residences and business owners to make Gilbert a destination and a legacy for the future.
As I see Gilbert approaching 100% of build-out, we will have 330,000 residences living in Gilbert. We will be the known as the “Best Place to Raise a Family” in the US. Ranked “#1 Best City/Town to Find a Job” in the US. Ranked the “Safest City/Town” in the US. Ranked “#1 Best Place to Live in America”. Ranked the “#1 Happiest City in America”. Ranked “1st Prosperous City in the Nation”. Ranked “1st Best City to Start a Business” in the US. Ranked the “Highest concentrations of graduate and professional degrees among US cities”. All of this while maintaining the lowest cost in operating local government and providing the highest level of services to our citizens and business owners in the US.
I ran for Council in 2011 after realizing that I could better serve my community by bringing business ideas to the town’s government. I could not be more excited to work with a team whose hearts are about service for our community. The transformation of the town into a higher performance government guided by corporate best business practices and changing the culture to reflect a "One Team" spirit has been remarkable. I'm extremely pleased with the progress of the Town during my two terms and am excited to continue our efforts to “Build a Legacy for Gilbert” during my next term.
Assuring Fiscal Responsibility and fostering Economic Development are my top two priorities. As a team the Council has developed the Town of Gilbert Strategic Plan to identify six strategic initiatives to guide our efforts for the next five years. They are focused on the following areas: Long Range Financial Planning, Long Range Infrastructure Planning, Driving Economic Development, Implementing an Efficient High-Performance Government, Becoming a Technology Leader, and Community Livability (Clean, Safe and Vibrant). I have and will continue to bring corporate best business practices into our local government to provide the highest level of services at the lowest possible cost.
We must prioritize and balance the cost of services with the revenue streams that we will have available. Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development will lead us there. A great challenge for the Council has been forecasting what it will cost to run the Town of Gilbert as a business after build-out. The Town of Gilbert Strategic Plan is the blueprint that will guide us as a team to reach that goal. It is critical as a Councilmember to truly understand that cost and then to develop the necessary strategic plans for revenue generation through economic development while containing our costs.
I’m very grateful and humbled to have served on the Council these past 7 years. I look at this role as an extension of my “community service” that I’ve done for years here in Gilbert and the region. I gladly accept the responsibility to represent all of Gilbert. I enjoy meeting with residences, business owners, faith leaders, town employees and educational leaders. I will continue to represent my stakeholders by embracing the practices of transparency and listening and sharing of ideas as we learn from each other.
Coming from a large business environment, this is a strong point of mine. I have now been through six budget cycles as a Councilmember, working with the Town’s executive management team and staff. My business background and experience allowed me to facilitate the Town adopting the enterprise business practice of “Zero Based/Priority Based Budgeting” so that we fund only those things that should be funded. This process has transformed the Town of Gilbert to become a very efficient and high performance business-like entity. The results have awarded the Town of Gilbert two AAA bond rating increases from Finch and Moody. The financial benefits for the Town and its citizens will be felt for years to come.
I’m extremely grateful to the wonderful partnership the Town of Gilbert has with the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. I’ve had the pleasure in serving as the Town Council liaison to the Chamber. I value my relationship with Kathy and her staff, the Chamber Board of Directors and all the businesses and business owners who are members of the Chamber. I look forward to the ongoing collaboration and partnership that make Gilbert the best place to have a business.
7. How would you propose to interact with the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and how do you see your respective roles on issues that may come before the Town Council?
6. What experience do you have with complex budgets?
5. If elected to the Town Council, who would you consider to be your stakeholders and how would you propose to represent them?
4. How will these priorities further the long-term sustainability and economic growth of Gilbert and tie into your future vision for Gilbert?
3. What are the top two (2) priorities you would push to accomplish during your term as a member of the Council?
2. What is your vision for Gilbert in 20-30 years?
1. Give three (3) of your qualifications/skill sets that make you a leading candidate for Town Council. Explain why these qualifications make you a better candidate than your opponents.