CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHY

Meet Joseph Winfield

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Get to know the Joe, his background and experience, what he stands for, and what his plans are for our beautiful town!

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Learn about Joe Winfield and see why it’s time
for a new direction in Oro Valley

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I am running for Mayor of Oro Valley because I strongly believe it’s time or a new direction! In my first year of office, I will address the important issues of golf, governance, and growth by:

    • Employing community-based solutions to end millions in golf losses and encourage straight talk about the suitability of the community center.
    • Imposing fiscal discipline to stem the steady and steep increase of the Town’s budget, which has grown nearly 72% in eight years.
    • Moderating growth and conforming to land use and zoning designations that contribute to keeping Oro Valley’s unique community identity as a special place to live.

About Joe

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I believe I am uniquely qualified to lead our community at this critical moment in the history of our Town.  For nearly 25 years, I have worked across Arizona and in Southwestern Pennsylvania helping communities work collaboratively to identify what is unique about their town, city, or region.  I have worked with citizens, partners, and stakeholders to define their community vision and goals, find financial and other needed resources, and work cooperatively to make their vision a reality.

Because I have experienced the success and exhilaration of when a community works together toward a shared vision, I feel dismayed that my own community’s vision has been hijacked by special interests and complicit town leaders.  My one-on-one conversations with many of you have reinforced my sentiments that it’s time for a new direction! In the coming days and weeks I will share with you the issues that concern me and many of our fellow citizens.

Career

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I have worked as a landscape architect for the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service for over 34 years, where I am currently responsible for 204 developed recreation sites, a 1,100 mile trail system, 8 wilderness areas, over 600 special use permits, land related issues, and more than 2,400 archeological features encompassing 1.78 million acres.

I have worked with all levels of government, including within federal government budget system to enhance recreation in spite of declining budgets.

I have helped facilitate close to home recreation through the construction of over 400 miles of trails and promoted conservation through restoring riparian areas throughout Arizona.

Community Service

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    • Chair Oro Valley Trails Task Force 2000
    • Committee member for both the 2006 and the 2016 Oro Valley General Plan
    • Vice-Chair Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Advisory Board 2014 – 2015 (Resigned in 2015 in opposition to golf purchase)
    • Chair Arizona State Committee On Trails
    • President Catalina Shadows Home Owners Association
    • Boy Scout Leader and Merit Badge Counselor

Personal Life

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My family and I moved to Oro Valley in 1996. We have seven children and nine grandchildren. We were drawn to Oro Valley because of the schools, the natural environment, and scenic views.  I am an Eagle Scout and our six sons are Eagle Scouts.  We enjoy being physically active, games, and good food.