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Celia Barotz

Celia Barotz

What's your educational/professional background?
Educational background:
Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont, cum laude, and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law.

Professional background:
I have practiced land use and real estate law in Connecticut. As a professionally trained mediator, I held the position Coordinator of the Coconino County Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program for two years and have served as an arbitrator in commercial disputes. I hold an Arizona real estate license (currently inactive) and have handled both commercial and residential transactions in Coconino County. Currently, I co-manage a portfolio of residential and commercial real estate investments in the northeast and manage special projects for the Museum of Northern Arizona.

How long have you lived in Flagstaff?
14 years.

Why did you decide to make Flagstaff your home?
I considered many factors before deciding to move to Flagstaff, including the ‘quality of life’, which means different things to different people. For me it means Flagstaff’s small town feel, easy access to outdoor recreation opportunities, the spectacular landscape and fabulous climate, and the sense of community. However, what influenced my decision the most were the people I met and got to know before I moved here.

Why are you running for city council?
I am running for re-election because I believe I represent the values that are important to many people who live in Flagstaff.

How do you think as member of council you can help improve our community’s economic outlook?
I believe I can continue to help improve the community’s economic outlook by maintaining support for the city’s strategic investments in programs to help grow existing businesses, support existing ones, and attract new ones.

What do you see as being the biggest hindrance to strengthening Flagstaff’s economy? How would you fix it?
I believe that efforts to derail the City’s Economic Vitality Division and its various strategic investments designed to help small businesses grow (NACET), support those that are already here, and attract new businesses to Flagstaff (ECONA) are counterproductive. I think there is a role for local government to play in economic development and that Flagstaff has already seen a good return on the taxpayer investment.