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  Sue Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman before he leaves office! I have made probably at least a 100 requests for public records to him and he hasn't answer one of them. Sue him before he leaves office.


Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman won't seek re-election

by Dianna M. Nez - Jun. 16, 2011 09:18 PM

The Arizona Republic

Citing concerns about the future of Arizona and a lack of leadership at the state level, Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman announced at Thursday evening's City Council meeting that he will not seek a third term.

"Despite all that we have done and continue to do, our community, Tempe, is a captive of the leadership that now rules the direction and future of our great state of Arizona," he said.

"In the coming years, I will continue to commit myself to addressing the state's need for leadership and to assist those who demonstrate a capacity and vision to build on the greatness of this state and its people."

Hallman said that he will consider his political future as he serves the remainder of his term, which ends in the spring of 2012.

In the past, Arizona Republican leaders have encouraged Hallman to run for a state post, such as attorney general or secretary of state.

Hallman has served seven years as mayor and four years as a City Council member.

He thanked voters for their support, adding, "This has been a difficult decision to make, but I make this decision with great thanks, love and affection, first to my wife and family for accepting the burden of my service and then to the great staff members of Tempe, and all of my many friends and supporters."

During his tenure, Tempe has seen the success of light rail helping to redevelop blighted neighborhoods.

Hallman has focused on fiscal conservatism, leading the city through its first staff layoffs. He also watched downtown Tempe slowly rebound from the recession with new businesses and developments.

Hallman said that despite the economic downturn, he has left Tempe in good fiscal order.

He rushed to the scene in July 2010 when one of the dams containing Tempe Town Lake burst, sending nearly a billion gallons of water down the normally dry Salt River bed. He stood next to the lake when it reopened last fall ahead of schedule.

After Hallman made his announcement Thursday, the audience stood and clapped, bringing the mayor to tears.


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