Scottsdale Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp seeks re-election

Scottsdale Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp said her love of city government is one reason she is seeking re-election in 2016.

“I like the issues. I like the discussion,” said Klapp, who recently announced her bid for a third and final term. “I’ve not had political aspirations to do anything else.”

As of Monday, no other candidates had filed paperwork signaling their intention to run in the city’s 2016 election cycle.

The seats of Klapp and Council members Virginia Korte and Guy Phillips expire in early 2017.

Mayor Jim Lane, who began his second mayoral term in 2013, said he intends to seek a third term in the separate race for mayor.

Scottsdale’s mayor and council members are limited to three consecutive terms of four years each.

Klapp, who moved to Scottsdale in 1998, operates two FastFrame custom framing stores with her husband, Tim.

In an interview with The Republic, she laid out her top issues for the year and beyond:

— Klapp, known for her calm rational approach to issues, said she wants to see city voters pass a bond election in November.

The Council has tentatively backed a bond proposal of 21 projects tallying nearly $100 million, though Council members still have to call the election and sign off on the program.

“These are not frivolous projects,” Klapp said. “They are necessary projects that need to be accomplished.”

— Klapp said it is “exceptionally important” to recognize the city’s large senior population, which continues to grow. Scottsdale needs to re-examine its offerings for transportation, health-care and other services that impact seniors, she said.

Klapp is a supporter of the aging-in-place initiatives, which “ensure the senior population remains on the radar.”

Scottsdale also has limited resources for buses and trolleys, she noted. One improvement could be to launch a neighborhood circulator route near the city’s Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 N. Via Linda, which is in an underserved area of seniors, she said.

— Klapp said she supports the continued revitalization of McDowell Road, which she called “an important center of commerce.”

The city has improved its bus service in the area, she said.

A project to add bike lanes on McDowell Road could be included in the November bond election.

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