2018 SAAR Candidate Endorsements

Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® Endorses Candidates in the 2018 Primary & General Elections | Scottsdale – Fountain Hills – Cave Creek – Carefree

Scottsdale, Ariz. – The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR), through the REALTORS® of Arizona Political Action Committee (RAPAC), today announced the endorsement of several City Council candidates.

“In support of its more than 9,000 members, SAAR’s advocacy agenda is focused on supporting private property rights, creating vibrant communities, preserving our quality of life and our ability to conduct business free from burdensome regulations and ordinances hindering the pursuit and enjoyment of homeownership,” said Becca Linnig, 2018 President of SAAR. “In speaking with each of the candidates, we looked to recommend candidates whose ideals most closely aligned with our policies, and chose those whom are working to encourage economic vitality and ensure Scottsdale and its surrounding communities are places where people want to live, work and play.”

SAAR’s Candidate Review Committee interviewed candidates from Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Cave Creek and Carefree.  In addition to assessing the viability of each candidate’s campaign, they were evaluated based on their knowledge and understanding of the needs of their communities and the goals and direction they intend to pursue once in office, in relation to their support of real estate-specific issues as set forth in SAAR’s Policy Platform.

“We are pleased with the number of candidates that took the time to meet with our Candidate Review Committee and share their knowledge of and passion for their communities.  We look forward to continued dialogue with these committed public servants,” said Rebecca Grossman, CEO of SAAR.

From these interviews, the SAAR Board of Directors approved the endorsement of the following candidates:


For Councilmember –

Bill Crawford
Linda Milhaven    (incumbent)
David Smith         (incumbent)

Fountain Hills

For Mayor –

Cecil Yates

For Councilmember –

Alan Magazine     (incumbent)
Mike Scharnow


For Mayor –

Mike Farrar

*In Carefree it is an unopposed race for all candidates running for the position of Councilmember.  SAAR wishes to congratulate all the Carefree councilmember candidates and we look forward to working with them in their coming term in office.

Cave Creek

For Mayor –

Ernie Bunch         (incumbent)

For Councilmember –

                Susan Clancy          (incumbent)
Tom McGuire           (incumbent)
Kathryn Royer
Ron Sova                 (incumbent)

For more information on SAAR’s advocacy priorities, visit www.ScottsdaleREALTORS.org/advocacy/ .

Fountain Hills, Cave Creek, and Carefree Town Council primary elections are slated for August 28, 2018.

Scottsdale City Council elections are slated for the November 6, 2018 general elections.

About Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS®

The Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR), formed in 1963, is a voluntary Association of more than 9,000 REALTORS® from more than 1,000 firms and more than 500 Affiliate members. As the largest trade Association in Scottsdale, the Association has earned a reputation as the voice of real estate for the Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Carefree and Cave Creek areas.  Further information about SAAR can be found at www.ScottsdaleREALTORS.org.

REALTORS® is a registered collective membership mark which may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.

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