Scott Bartle wants to increase the effectiveness of government in Arizona, with the best people making the best decisions.
The Maricopa Republican seeks to represent Legislative District 11 in the state Senate to bring “sensible, responsible, conservative leadership to the Legislature.” His priorities are the economy, improving education, and public safety.
Bartle, a small-business owner – he owns a marketing firm and is publisher of InMaricopa, a community news source for the Pinal County city – said Arizona has improved its competitive position as it relates to adding jobs and boosting the economy, but it can do more to compete with regional neighbors like Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. The state needs to make common-sense decisions that won’t put Arizona in a negative light when it comes to attracting business and tourism, he said.
With four years on the Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board, including two years as its president, education makes up a significant portion of Bartle’s community leadership experience. (His school board term is up this year and he said he does not intend to run again.)
Bartle said there are good schools in the state, but there also seems to be a division, “a kind of us versus them mindset with traditional public schools versus charters and private schools.”
“I think we need a better job of recognizing that our obligation is to improve educational opportunities and success for all students,” he said.
Except for his college years in his native Indiana, Bartle has lived in Arizona for 37 of his 42 years, with the last 10 in Maricopa.
Bartle said that if elected to the Senate his first action would be to listen and learn, understanding that he would be a newcomer to the Capitol. “I’m not going to try to become Senate President my first day in office or anything like that.”
Bartle’s endorsements include the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Tucson Metro Chamber, the Arizona Nurses Association, the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona, the Arizona Technology Council, the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, and the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians.