Why I'm Running
My Journey to Politics and Motivation to represent the People of Flagstaff
Adam speaking up at a 2016 Town Council Meeting
Born in Israel and raised in a wealthy suburb of Chicago, I was exposed to very diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic worlds. From a very young age I learned that monetary wealth does not necessarily lead to happiness. That while financial stability is important, community, family, friendship, health, sense of place and safety are critical for a person’s well-being. I spend my life living by those standards of wealth and believe they are basic human needs and rights. In 2012, I pursued my dream of opening a small quality used bicycle shop. One of the best things about living in Flagstaff is that one can do all of their traveling on a bicycle!
As a small business owner and concerned citizen, I started tuning into the local issues. As a millennial, I started realizing that in this great system of democracy and representation, we the people were extremely disconnected to those who are representing us at every level, starting locally. People in this small town seem to care so much and be engaged with the environment around them but yet, I felt that our political leaders weren’t always making decisions that reflect the values of the people.
In 2013, I teamed up Friends of Flagstaff’s Future and Flag Brew and started Flagstaff Speak Up. Speak Up was a venue to educate Flagstaff residents about local issues. However, Speak Up quickly became not only an educational space for discussion and understanding but a space which we organized people to rally and attend specific council meetings of which we felt our values were being misrepresented. We rallied around a variety of issues including opposition to the displacement of low-income residents in Arrowhead Village, support of Open Space in Buffalo Park Annex, and more. Through the role of Speak Up’s director, I learned a lot about the process, structure, and role of government. I sat on committees, attended hundreds of Council, commission and budget meetings, and met face to face with City staff.
Moved to Flagstaff
Adam came to Flagstaff from the Northern Suburbs of Chicago to pursue degrees in Business and Edcuation at NAU.
Adam Graduated from NAU
Adam graduated with two degrees and a minor from NAU. After his graduation, Adam traveled the globe for a year an a half before returning to Flagstaff.
Opened a small used bicycle shop
As a small business owner and concerned citizen, I started tuning into the local issues.Flagstaff Bikes on Facebook
Helped establish Flagstaff Speak Up
Through the role of Speak Up’s director, I learned a lot about the process, structure, and role of government.Flagstaff Speak Up! Website
Adam rallyed hundreds of locals to attend city council meetings, influencing decisions made around student housing and protecting historic neighborhoods.
Released Campaign for Council
Adam officially launches his Campaign for City Council
Flagstaff City Council Candidate
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Staying Committed to Flagstaff
After missing the mark by only 59 votes (0.1% of voters) in 2016, Adam is committed to being elected to Flagstaff City Council in November 2018!
In such challenging, divisive times, I believe that people on both sides of the political spectrum are frustrated. I would like to see people unite through mutual respect, integrity and communication to move our communities forward as one. We all have our differences, but it is my belief that with the right leadership we can and will work well together. I am a registered Democrat in Arizona, because my values are aligned with progressive ideals of climate change mitigation, immigration (especially DACA) reform, equal rights for LGBTQA individuals, open space protection, support for citizens united, and more. However, my hope is to see a future America where the ideologies of each party are not as limited and as polarized as they are in 2018. I believe in working together, in communicating with all sides, to create a better future.
It’s time that we step forward to the challenges of today and start empowering ourselves and each other to ensure that we do what is best for current and future generations. Our environment and town are going through changes and the time for change is now! I believe that I will provide a perspective on council that will balance the group and be a voice for many who aren’t being heard.
As a representative, I will engage the public in the process and empower people to take ownership of the town they live in through their representatives and City Hall.