Oro Valley Vice Mayor Lou Waters is seeking reelection to prevent the tendency to what he views as backwards.
“The glass is half full now and there are people who figure the glass is half empty and they want certain things that aren’t progressive (moving forward) in any sense,” Waters said.
He understand the town will evolve whether or not he is reelected, but cited when he was a news director in Tucson during the 70s during a debate between growth versus no growth.
“The ‘no growth-ers’ said, ‘No growth, no growth, no growth, no highways.’ Look what happened. It sprawled all over the place,” Water said. “I want smart growth. I want to be able to help put the finishing touches on Oro Valley.”
Waters’ top priority, if reelected, would be the development of a community center. He continually has heard people within the town asking for one, and feels one should be created. What form it will take is still up for discussion, but feels it will be a true community center that is for not only the senior citizens who live in town, but also for families and children.
“What I am going for is making this community a community.”
His other priorities include the expansion and development of Innovation Park to bring in more businesses, which will in turn drive up the residency within the town.
“It’s the remaining piece in Oro Valley,” Waters said. “The rooftops bring the business and the people. And the business supplies the taxes. It’s not a very complicated equation.”
Waters feels he has gotten and will continue to receive pushback from the development of apartment complexes within the town, but notes that not only were apartments in the General Plan, the council does not have any say in a how a land owner develops their land, as long as they are abiding by the town’s code.
During his four years on the council, Waters is very proud of his involvement with preventing Coyote Run from going away when the state took the town’s transportation funds away. Through a partnership with the Regional Transportation Authority, they agreed to fund the service for 25 years, and the service became known as Dial-a-Ride.
“That’s a major success. It brings money into the town. We don’t have to worry about the state telling us what we can do.”
Waters said that he, and the current council, inherited a council that recently lost a town manager, there wasn’t much transparency and the council was accused of being business unfriendly.
“I figured that maybe I could get in there and help change some of that.”
To read more about Lou Waters’ campaign, go to votelouwaters.com.