Glendale resident Ian Hugh announced he will be running for city council to represent the Cactus district. Hugh previously served on the council when he was just 32 years old, in 1986. He served from 1986 until 1991.
Phillip Lieberman is the current representative from the Cactus district.
Hugh describes his decision to run again as a back-and-forth transition. He is the presiding president of the governing board for Glendale Union High School District.
Hugh and his wife, Sharon, run the family business, Ian Hugh Tire and Auto Center, at 5104 W. Glenn Drive. They joke back and forth with each other as Sharon works at the computer, and their two Yorkshire terriers walk back and forth across the office floor, occasionally getting up from their nap.
Sharon and Ian attended Glendale High School together, though they jokingly dispute the date; Sharon correcting Ian that she attended several years after he. The couple first opened the store in 1977 and have seen many changes in Glendale's surrounding area.
Hugh has lived in Glendale his entire life and both of his daughters, now in their thirties, attended Apollo High School.
"I've lived in Glendale my whole life, and we've lived in the Cactus district close to 32 years, so it's an easy transition," he said. "I've always been involved with the city, or the community, one way or another."
When asked if he believed the city council needed a change, Hugh agreed sometimes change is a natural progression, rather than abrupt disruption.
"I think it is beneficial to have a change or different point of view on any governing board," he said. "It always has a positive effect."
It doesn't hurt that Hugh has experience previously serving on the council and knowing the area he would represent.
"I was on city council and then left, and now, I'd like to come back again," he said. "Being on the council is very enjoyable to do and it really allows you to get to know all of your neighbors and citizens."
Hugh said he has been a member of Glendale Rotary Club for more than 30 years. Also a member is Vice Mayor Steve Frate.
Hugh said that all of the services and facilities the council oversees throughout the city, including, water, utilities, trash pick-up, police, and fire services, is what brings council the closest to the citizens.
"That's what I enjoyed most about serving on city council," he said. "Working with your neighbors to better improve facilities, like parks and libraries.
"Whether it's making sure that their trash is picked up, or that they feel safe in their neighborhood, just taking care of the citizens is just a pleasure, and I enjoy talking to people that live in the area and seeing what it is they want to see changed."
Hugh seemed poised and ready for whatever the future election will decide.
"We've already sent out a notice to voters in the Cactus district, letting them know that I would be running, and I've been in campaigns before, so I kind of know what to expect," he said. "We're ready."
When asked if he thought there were any major issues that needed to be changed in the area, or in the Cactus district, Hugh replied simply.
"Everyone pretty much wants the same thing," he said. "They want to be able to go for a walk in their neighborhood at night and get out and enjoy the neighborhood.
"That's what the local government does: they make the community a better place."