Know your candidates: Thatcher Town Council

Contributed Photo: Brandon Homer, shown here with his family, would like your vote for the Thatcher Town Council.

This is the sixth installment of the Gila Herald’s candidate series for the council races for Safford, Thatcher, and Pima, and features Brandon Homer, candidate for the Thatcher Town Council. Early voting for the Aug. 2 primary begins Wednesday, July 6.  

Opening the series is the town of Thatcher, which has six candidates vying for three council seats up for election. The candidates include incumbents Ryan RapierHeston Welker, and Jenny Howard, with newcomers Brandon Homer, Mike McEuen, and Alfred Barquin looking to make the cut. Each candidate was given the opportunity to provide their own editorial and picture. This sixth and final installment of the Thatcher series, and features Brandon Homer.

Thatcher Town Council – Brandon Homer

I admit that I come from a different background and perspective having been raised in Mesa and spending most of my married years in Mesa. My in-laws relocated to Thatcher in 2007 and I fell in love with the Gila Valley, visiting my in-laws and friends multiple times each year. My favorite time of year for visits happened on the 4th of July Holiday and the pioneer celebrations. Smaller towns are the best place to spend those holidays and enjoy community. My wife, Stacey Homer, and our four children have always felt welcome here by the fine residents of Thatcher.

In 2017, my wife had an urge for our family to relocate to the Gila Valley. Thankfully, she was offered a teaching position with the Fort Thomas School District and I was able to relocate and join the Tim Graham Allstate Agency. I’ve visited with many of you over the last five years, assisting with your personal insurance needs.

Contributed Photo: Stacey and Brandon Homer.

My educational background included graduating from Arizona State University, with a bachelor’s degree in business studies, with an emphasis in Real Estate. This background was beneficial when I was appointed to the Planning and Zoning commission with the town of Thatcher in the summer of 2020. I’ve worked with many residents and citizens of our town on interpreting what the zoning codes and regulations in our town allow for. When I joined the Planning and Zoning Board, one of my goals and commitments was to interpret the zoning code and apply the zoning code faithfully and accurately, as it is written. I don’t want to play favorites or pick and choose who gets approved and who doesn’t. My commitment to the town remains the same, follow the rules and follow the codes as written.

Our town has some of the very best individuals and team members running our town offices. I would be humble and grateful if the citizens of our town included me on that team. I would appreciate your consideration and votes in the upcoming election.