Who’s that knocking on your door on a Sunday afternoon in south Tempe? Hello! It’s Jennifer Adams, candidate for Tempe City Council! Jennifer is ready, Jennifer is experienced, and Jennifer wants your vote. Here’s why you should open that door and sign her petition.
Jennifer Adams is a recently retired 29-year veteran of City of Tempe staff, where she had roles in social services, public works and was most recently Facility Maintenance Manager in Internal Services. Lots of mayors and councils have come and gone during her experience. But for Jennifer one thing never changes: the love she has for Tempe.
Walk, knock, talk. Walk, knock, talk. That’s what Jennifer has been doing these last 2 months as she introduces herself to neighbors and shares her aspiration to represent south Tempe residents on City Council. Yes, it’s HOT…but Jennifer is from sturdy stock, having grown up in a farming community where her father was the local doctor and then the Mayor for many years. Serving her community comes naturally! Adams has both the experience and the skill set to serve Tempe well. Jennifer chose to start her “Walk, Knock, Talk Tour” in south Tempe because she and her spouse live in Buena Vista Ranchos, sharing their household with 3 rescue cats and horses Ginger and Bucky. Adams is aware that south Tempe voters haven’t always felt well-represented on Council. Now that she is retired, Jennifer is excited to begin a new chapter sharing her love of community and contributing her hard-won experience to the City Council team.
Among Jennifer’s strengths is her budgeting knowledge. In her last assignment, she ably managed a $7.5M operating budget, and a $1-5M annual capital budget. Among her concerns is that recent Councils have been less “hands on” with the budget process. She believes that Tempe staff are both capable and smart; but Adams feels that managing the City’s purse strings is the most important responsibility of the City Council, and an area where she can bring her expertise to bear.
“Big picture” thinking also motivates Adams. Rather than concentrate on a “to do” checklist, Adams believes the Tempe City Council should implement a strategic plan based on resident input regarding top priorities for the City. Staff accountability is then readily measurable and course correction can occur routinely under Council direction.
Jennifer was both humbled and delighted when she was chosen 2016 “Most Motivating Supervisor” by her fellow supervisors/employees. Adams believes her advocacy and counseling background is a contributor to the success she enjoyed as a supervisor/manager. She believes this attribute will enable her to effectively partner with other Council members in pursuit of strategic goals.
Jennifer Adams hopes to parlay her City of Tempe experience and skills into an advocacy role on Council that directly benefits residents. Her candidacy embodies fresh ideas and enthusiasm. But right now she needs petition signatures to get her name on the ballot. Open your door wide when Jennifer Adams comes knocking; you’ll be glad you did!