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Press Release: Schapira, Kuby Running for Tempe City Council

For Immediate Release
January 15, 2014
Contact: Randy Keating

Tempe, Ariz. – Today, former Arizona State Senator and Senate Minority Leader David Schapira and long-time Tempe community leader Lauren Kuby announced their candidacies for Tempe City Council.

“I love Tempe. It’s my home, and it’s where I’ve chosen to raise my family, which is why I care so much about the kind of leadership we have on our city council,” said Schapira. “I spent six years in the Arizona legislature fighting to improve education and to create opportunities for our community because I knew that was what my constituents sent me there to do. Tempeans are looking for someone who will work for them every day to create jobs and keep our city’s streets safe, and that’s the kind of councilmember I’m going to be.”

Schapira is currently the assistant superintendent of the East Valley Institute of Technology and a governing board member of Tempe Union High School District. He has previously served as the Arizona Senate Minority Leader (2011–2013), a member of Arizona’s House of Representatives (2007–2011), an instructor at ASU, a high-school teacher and a small-business owner.

Schapira has been recognized by The Arizona Republic as one of “Tempe’s Exemplary People,” a “Lawmaker Who Made a Difference” and an “Emerging Leader Worth Watching.” Throughout his career in the legislature, Schapira was praised as a top legislator by the American Cancer Society, the Arizona Students’ Association , Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Arizona Technology Council and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.

Schapira is a Valley native who first moved to Tempe in 1984. He and his wife, Rosemary, an educator in the Tempe Elementary School District, live in central Tempe where they are raising their two young daughters, Elliot and Sydney.

Lauren Kuby is a 25-year resident of Tempe and a long-time community leader who, in her work for the Tempe Community Council and Tempe Leadership Class XXV, has served as an advocate for human services and the homeless. As manager of events and community engagement for ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability, Kuby has championed urban sustainability practices.

“I’ve been connected to ASU for nearly 20 years, and I know how important our nation’s largest university is to our community. Not only is it the economic engine of Tempe, it’s a source of culture and at the core of what makes Tempe one of the most unique cities in Arizona,” said Kuby. “My experience with the Global Institute of Sustainability and the Tempe Community Council has taught me how the decisions we make on the city council will impact our community for generations. Now, more than ever, we need to double-down on the progress we’ve made in Tempe on energy efficiency and other initiatives and work with ASU to improve our environment and lead the Valley’s new, sustainable economy.”

Kuby was named by The Arizona Republic as one of the “Top 5 People Who Made a Difference in Tempe.” Former US Congressman and Tempe Mayor, Harry Mitchell, will serve as chairman of her campaign.

Lauren Kuby lives in Tempe with her husband, Mike, an ASU geographer and urban-planning professor, and their two daughters, Nora and Olivia.

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