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Jim McCarthy

Jim McCarthy

What is your educational/professional background?
BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona
Master of Environmental Planning (land use planning), Arizona State

Retired from Engineering Management at Honeywell Aerospace in Tempe, AZ. Managed personnel and multi-million dollar budgets.

How long have you lived in Flagstaff?
11 ½ years.

Why did you decide to make Flagstaff your home?
When I retired, my wife transferred here as a Human Resource Manager at W.L. Gore. We stayed because we like the people and the sense of vibrancy.

Why are you running for city council?
I am committed to enhancing the characteristics that make Flagstaff a unique place to live. I learned about our community and its values through years of public service on the Planning and Zoning, and Water Commissions.

How do you think as member of council you can help improve our community’s economic outlook?
I support collaboration to bring prosperity and good paying jobs to our community. I believe in a balanced approach, e.g. freedom with responsibility, values without blind ideology, being business friendly while protecting the things that make people and employers want to be here. I support investment in our future (e.g., ECoNA, NACET). As an engineer, I understand technical issues. As a manager, I understand business issues.

What do you see as being the biggest hindrance to strengthening Flagstaff’s economy? How would you fix it?
Extreme ideologies in any direction are counterproductive. That said, I have learned to work with people having diverse backgrounds and attitudes. I take a pragmatic approach to solving issues. By building consensus on the Flagstaff Planning and Zoning Commission, I was able to vote with the majority 97 percent of the time. I believe in regulations to create a fair economic playing field and to protect what brings businesses and individuals here, but am quick to challenge unnecessary or arbitrary directives. I believe in a tax system that only takes what is necessary, and that is balanced appropriately between sources. None of the city taxes and fees, nor the state and federal tax we shares, should carry an undue burden for the benefit of the other taxes.