Meet Joseph Winfield


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


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

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

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.


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

    • 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

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.