Cactus district Councilmember and Vice-Mayor Ian Hugh announced during a July 15 campaign launch he will seek re-election for the council seat.
Making his announcement before a standing-room-only crowd, Hugh said he is focused on returning Glendale to a profitable city.
“I think the citizens of Glendale want better roads and more services,” Hugh said. “We have parks that are brown because we can’t afford to turn the water on. We have libraries that are barely open and community centers that we can’t open because we have no funds to do it.”
Facing a possible recall election in March, Hugh said it will not change the way he will run his campaign.
“I will be running my campaign regardless of the recall situation,” Hugh said. “I will work for the best interest of Glendale citizens and help this council correct the mistakes of the past.”
Hugh said his campaign will begin right away gathering the necessary signatures to be placed back on the ballot. Hugh said he is planning to run on increased transparency and turning around the city’s finances.
“Anybody that doesn’t think this new council is not transparent, I believe our actions are showing that,” Hugh said. “What you are going to get from me is what the facts are. Some people don’t like hearing it, but I believe this council and myself are trying to be as open as possible.”
He said any citizen that wants to contact him can and he answers all calls, emails and letters he receives.
“My goal is to always side with the citizens of Glendale,” Hugh said. “I will always do what I can to help the people of Glendale be able to live and enjoy their town with as many services as we can get to them.”
While the city is facing a possible legal fight against the Coyotes hockey team and the council cancelling the arena management deal, Hugh said there are many more issues on which the city needs to focus.
“While we are ready to battle the Coyotes, and that was done because we believe the deal violated state law, there are many issues we need to tackle in this city,” Hugh said. “We have Camelback Ranch; lack of programs for the citizens; the libraries are barely open and we can’t maintain our parks. We have lots of work to do and I want to be able to fight for the citizens.”
Hugh said he is more focused this time after gaining knowledge about numerous issues over the past three years. He said he has read thousands of pages of contracts and continues to check everything that he can that will improve the City of Glendale.
“I have gained so much knowledge over the past three years and there are things that need to be researched,” Hugh said. “When (the previous council) voted to approve Camelback Ranch, it was told it would not cost the city one dime. Now we are on the hook for over $356 million. The citizens deserve better and I want to help them.”
Hugh said while he is eager for another term, he is still focused on improving things for all citizens.
“I think we have a lot of work to do and I am ready to get my hands dirty,” Hugh said. “One thing I think this council has shown is that we are not going to put up with any shenanigans.”