Know Your Candidates: Pima Town Council

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Teresa Bailey. Teresa Bailey would like your vote for the Pima Town Council.

This is the 11th installment of the Gila Herald’s candidate series for the council races for Safford, Thatcher, and Pima, and features Teresa Bailey, candidate for the Pima Town Council. Early voting for the Aug. 2 primary has begun.  

Third in our series is the town of Pima, which has four candidates vying for two council seats up for election. The candidates include incumbents Dale Rogers and Brian Paull, as well as newcomers Teresa Bailey and Jed Bigler looking to make the cut. Each candidate was given the opportunity to provide their own editorial and picture. This is the first installment of the Pima series and features Teresa Bailey.

Pima Town Council – Teresa Bailey

Teresa Bailey (Independent) is a candidate for the Pima Town Council.  She is a native of Pima, with a moral impulse to serve her community that has experienced an explosion of growth over the last few years. If elected, Bailey plans to support the community and current council members in moving our town of Pima into the future with a strong infrastructure in place, while being fiscally responsible with the community members’ tax money.

Bailey earned her Bachelor’s in Operations Management from Arizona State University in 2015 and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University in 2017.  Her professional experience includes managing several small businesses throughout the area, and, for the last 15 years, serving Eastern Arizona College in the Institutional Research Department where she now runs the department as its Associate Director.

Her interest and focus in the town council started during the 2020 election and the covid pandemic.  She quickly realized that grassroots politics play a very important role in influencing not only local government but regional and national policymakers as well.  Participation in local government is key to getting our community’s voice heard at all levels.  Her main focus will include:

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Teresa Bailey: Teresa Bailey is running for the Pima Town Council.

·      Fiscal responsibility

·      Ensuring that resources are in place to manage growth

·      Acting as a voice for town members

·      Serving and giving back to the community 

“I hope that the citizens of the Town of Pima will consider casting their vote for me in the next general election to become part of the town council that truly represents the voice of the people,” said Bailey. “I think that the town will benefit from my professional history and passion for transparency and integrity within our government.  I believe I can contribute my professional experience to move towards adding structure to internal processes and to helping to make decisions on healthy growth while continuing to foster a small-town atmosphere as we continue to improve the community.