Meet Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the members of the Chandler City Council.
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Front Row, from left: Vice Mayor René Lopez, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Councilmember Kevin Hartke.
Back Row, from left: Councilmember Sam Huang, Councilmember Jeremy McClymonds, Councilmember Mark Stewart, and Councilmember Terry Roe.
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Mayor Jay Tibshraeny
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny began his unprecedented 7th term as Chandler's Mayor in January 2015, after returning to the Mayor's Office in January 2011, and serving eight years in the Arizona State Senate from 2003-2011. He originally served as a member of the City Council from 1986 to 2002 as Councilmember, Vice Mayor and as Mayor. He was first elected Chandler Mayor in 1994, and served in that capacity for four consecutive terms through 2002.
A native of Chandler, he has a lifetime of public service in the East Valley. He serves on the following Professional & Civic Organizations: Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley Emeritus Board; Chandler/Gilbert Association for Retarded Citizens Advisory Board; Child Crisis Center Advisory Board; and Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ex-Officio Board member. His current regional assignments include President of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Executive Committee, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, Greater Phoenix Economic Council Board of Directors (GPEC), Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) Ex-Officio Board member, and East Valley Partnership (EVP) Ex-Officio Board member.
Since returning to the Mayor's Office in 2011, Mayor Tibshraeny has received a number of awards for his work at the local and regional level. In 2015, he received the Teal and Silver Community Leader Award from Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and the Outstanding Public Official Award from the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association. In 2014, he received the Maricopa Association of Governments Desert Peak Regional Excellence Award and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Community Cup award. In 2013 Mayor Tibshraeny received the prestigious American City and County Magazine Municipal Leader of the Year Award as well as the Greater Phoenix Economic Council Outstanding Regional Contribution Award. In 2012 he received the Dwight Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award from the EVP.
Locally, some of his past professional & civic organizations include: Chandler Historical Society; Chandler Museum Advisory Board (2007-2011), Board Chairman (2008-2011); ICAN Site Advisory Committee; Chairman of the Chandler Citizen's Oversight Committee, General Plan Update (2007 - 2008); Chairman of the Chandler Mayor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Boards & Commissions Appointments (2005); Chandler Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Board (1994 - 2002); and Chandler Volunteer Fireman Pension Board (1994 - 2002).
During his tenure in the State Senate, he served on a number of committees as a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures: Economic Development, Trade and Cultural Affairs (2003-2004); Labor and Economic Development (2005-2006); Transportation (2007-2008); and Redistricting and Elections (2009-2010). As a member of the America Legislative Exchange Council he served on: Civil Justice Task Force (2003-2004); and Tax and Fiscal Police Task Force (2005-2010).
On the Regional and National level, he has served on: Greater Phoenix Economic Council Board of Directors (2002); Greater Phoenix Economic Council Executive Committee (2002); MAG Secretary/Treasurer (2000 - 2002); MAG Executive Committee (1997 - 2002); Arizona League of Cities and Towns Executive Committee (2000 - 2002); National League of Cities Transportation Infrastructure & Services Policy Committee (1986 - 2002); Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce Advisory Council (1999 - 2002); Williams Air Force Base Redevelopment Partnership (1994 - 2002); Regional Public Transportation Authority (Past Chairman) (1994 - 2002); and Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (Past Chairman) (1994 - 2002).
Mayor Tibshraeny is a small businessman and home builder. He completed 12 years in the Chandler Public School System and holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. He and his wife Karen have one daughter, Lauren.
Current term expires January 2019
Connect with Mayor Tibshraeny's Initiatives
Since taking office in 2011, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny has launched several initiatives to connect with community members in areas that are important to the entire City. The Mayor encourages all Chandler residents to get involved.
Vice Mayor René Lopez has lived and worked in Chandler since 2007. He began his first term on the Chandler City Council in January 2015.
He is a third generation Arizona native, born and raised in the East Valley, and graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering, with a minor in Direct Energy Conversion.
René is also a third generation U.S. Navy veteran. He served as a Naval Officer aboard submarines, honorably separating from the Navy in 2000 as a Lieutenant, with more than four years of service. After more than a decade of traveling and moving with the U.S. Navy, and as a Project Manager, he and his family decided to move back home to be closer to family.
René has an extensive career in project management, with more than 15 years of experience working in telecommunications, energy, and currently in information technology. He previously served two years as a member on the City’s Parks and Recreation Board. He currently represents Chandler on the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, The Chandler Chamber Workforce Coalition, and Read on Chandler. He also is the Chairman of the Board of CeCe’s Hope Center, a non-profit helping women rescued from sex-trafficking.
René has been married to Jessica for 21 years, and they have two children: Brianna and Andrew.
Current term expires January 2019
Councilmember Kevin Hartke has lived in Chandler since 1985. Although he began his tenure on City Council in January of 2011, he also served for a year as an interim Councilmember
Councilmember Kevin Hartke has lived in Chandler since 1985. Although he began his tenure on City Council in January of 2011, he also served for a year as an interim Councilmember in 2008. Kevin served as Vice Mayor twice, in 2015 and 2017. He continues to serve as Lead Pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship in Chandler where he has worked since 1985. Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from University of Missouri, Columbia; and a master’s degree in Theology with Fuller Theological Seminary.
Kevin is involved extensively in the state and Chandler community. He currently serves regionally on the following boards: Co-chair of the Continuum of Care Regional Committee to End Homelessness for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG); Vice-chair of the Valley’s Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA); Board member of the MAG Economic Development Committee; Board member of the Valley Metro Light rail; Statewide director of a nonprofit organization, For Our City. For Our City is a collaborative effort of government, business, nonprofit and faith leaders gathered to find solutions for needs in a community.
In Chandler, Kevin volunteers with several organizations: Director of For Our City-Chandler; Board member with Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona (DCFA); American Cancer Society; Public Policy Committee with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce; Literacy advocate reading weekly to students at Galveston Elementary since 2007 and Ex-officio Board member with Chandler's Sister Cities.
In the City of Chandler and beyond, his past service included the following: Commissioner on the Planning and Zoning Commission; Chairman of Human Relations Commission; Chairman of the 2010 Complete Count Committee; Member of a previous Charter Revision Committee; Ex-official member of Chandler Airport Commission; Executive board of the Chandler Coalition On Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA); YMCA soccer coach; Community volunteer activist and organizer of citywide volunteer efforts; Arrowhead Meadows Traditional Neighborhood organizer; Governor’s Commission on Faith and Communities and Congressional Committee on Faith and Neighborhoods.
Kevin has been married to Lynne for 37 years. They have four children: Nathan, Aleah, Katelyn and Zachary and three grandchildren, Micah, Madelynn and Benjamin.
Councilmember Sam Huang was born and raised in Taiwan. He and his family have lived in Chandler since 2007. Sam began his first term on City Council in January 2017.
While in Taiwan, after obtaining a bachelor degree from Tamkang University, he served in the military for two years and became a reporter. Later he received a teaching certificate from the National Taiwan Normal University and became a school teacher. He also was active in local politics and entrepreneurship.
He and his wife came to Kansas City for graduate studies in 1993. Later they moved to Western New York. Sam continued his doctoral studies, while supporting his wife’s educational aspirations in dentistry and raising their children. They moved to the Chicago area in 2005 and became United States citizens there in 2006.
Sam is passionate about education and earned his Ph.D. in the field of Comparative Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has experience teaching in Chinese schools and the Buffalo Public Schools. While in Chicago, he led a local group and applied for a charter school.
Since moving to Arizona, Sam developed an interest in real estate on a part-time basis, and later served as the principal at Career Success High School in Mesa.
Councilmember Huang is an Ex-Officio member of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. He serves in the subcommittees of Administrative Services, Communications and Public Affairs, and Management Services; and Airport, Municipal Utilities, Planning, and Transportation. He currently serves as the vice chair for the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee and became a member of the TIPW (Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Works) Committee of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.
Prior to taking office, Sam was involved with the Chandler Kiwanis, and the Arizona Asian American Association, and served on Chandler’s Museum Advisory Board.
Sam has been married for 25 years and has two sons.
Current term expires January 2021
Councilmember Jeremy McClymonds has lived in Chandler for more than 15 years. Jeremy has more than 20 years of professional experience in finance, sales, business and management. He is a financial advisor and principal owner of FORM Prosperity Wealth Advisors, a Chandler-based business. Also a serial entrepreneur, Jeremy is involved with two startup companies and a partner in a land investment company.
Councilmember McClymonds believes that children and commerce are the lifeblood of all great communities. We must care for children because they are our future and we must drive commerce because we want a strong economy in our community. With this conviction as his foundation, he has given his time and service to several local organizations. He is past Chairman of the Board for the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. He is the Membership Development Board Chair of the Chandler Compadres and serves on the Board of the Kiwanis Chandler Young Professionals. He previously was a member of the City’s Parks and Recreation Board and was Chairman on the Vote Yes on Prop. 493 campaign, which successfully achieved voter approval of the Chandler General Plan in 2016.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Jeremy has been married to his wife, Sheila, for 17 years, and they have two children.
Current term expires January 2021
Councilmember Terry Roe became a resident of the Southeast Valley in 1965 and moved his family to Chandler in 1988. He began his first term on the City Council in January 2015.
In the late 1970s, Terry was the managing photographer of the Williams Air Force Base photography lab and eventually took a position with Grand Canyon Color Labs as a lab supervisor and a wholesale accounts manager. Over the past 20-years, he has stayed active in wedding photography and commercial video production through a small business he owned and operated at the time.
In 1987, Terry completed the Phoenix Regional Police Academy and began a 20-year career with the Mesa Police Department. While serving as a police sergeant Terry worked in the DARE unit, Robbery Detail, The Center Against Family Violence and the Auto Theft and Burglary Unit.
Terry has an extended history of volunteer and leadership service in the community. In 1999, Terry was appointed by Governor Jane Hull to the Arizona Parent’s Commission on Drug Education and Prevention, serving two terms. He also was a Scout Leader and a two-term board member on the Mesa Police Benevolent Fund.
Today, Terry is a Chandler Kiwanis Club member and serves on the Salvation Army Chandler Corps Advisory Board. He also is an Advisory Board Member for the Chandler Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse and serves on the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and Maricopa Association of Governments Domestic Violence Council. In the fall of 2016 he joined the board of the Phoenix Silent Witness Program.
Terry attended Mesa Community College and studied business administration and management at the University of Phoenix. In 1981, he married Cheryl, his Gilbert High School sweetheart. Today they have two children, Paul and Katie, and three wonderful grandchildren.
Current term expires January 2019
Councilmember Mark Stewart, a resident of Chandler since 2001, began his first term on the City Council in January 2017.
Mark and his family moved from the Midwest expecting to stay for a couple of years before returning home. They fell in love with the community, the people, and the vision of what Chandler would become. The Stewart’s can’t imagine calling somewhere else home.
Councilmember Stewart spent more than 20 years with Fortune50 organizations and now owns a marketing and brand company, Concept2Completion. As a serial entrepreneur, Mark is involved with two additional startup companies as a founding partner. He is passionate about helping the startup community with strategy and branding. Mark’s vision for the entrepreneurial development community created an initiative to offer start-up events poised to help founders of young companies to raise capital and quickly scale their companies. Mark has a strong entrepreneurial background and believes in empowering businesses and providing opportunities for new businesses to locate to Chandler.
Within the community, he volunteers and supports local non-profits and maintains an active faith.
Mark serves on the Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services, and Community Initiatives Committee, the Arizona League of Cities and Towns Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee, the METRO Rail Board of Directors, East Valley Partnership Board of Directors, Chandler Airport Commission Ex-Officio, and currently serves as Chair for the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee.
Mark has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Missouri State University and has been married to his college sweetheart, Allison, for more than 20 years. They have two children that attend high school in the Chandler Unified School District.
Current term expires January 2021