It is one thing to know Maricopa County and quote statistics about its 3.8 million people. It is another to reach those people by dedicating yourself to becoming a leader they can trust. A leader willing to make progressive changes that will have positive impacts on their future.
I am Steve Chucri and I want to become your next Maricopa County Supervisor for District 2. To know me is to know my family. We have deep roots in Mesa and that comes with a specific pride. My grandfather came here from Lebanon to make a better life for himself. My father emigrated from Lebanon as a young boy to do the same. I stayed here so I can continue building on this legacy by making a better life for my family. Above all else, I am a father and a husband. My two sons, Grant and Will are my biggest supporters and my wife, Christine, is the heart of our family. But it is my grandfather and father who provide me with my greatest inspiration. Here are two men who had nothing. And from nothing they worked, prayed and succeeded in a time when success was abstract. My grandfather opened the first licensed automobile dealership in Arizona. I remember the days working on his lot and knew what those cars meant to the financial wellbeing of our family.
Both my grandfather and father took pride in making me work hard and didn’t believe in handouts. It was that philosophy that stuck with me, that continues to guide my ideas of how I see the leadership in Maricopa County progressing. My running is not about an election, it’s about what happens after the election. This election will decide the path for the future of the County. And I know voters want someone who won’t just make a change, but will make a difference. It is imperative that Maricopa County Supervisors implement sound policies, backed by sound decisions covered with the fingerprints of its constituents. You are only as good as the people you are fortunate enough to serve. I learned that from my family growing up in this beautiful state.
The car business is not easy. Equally as difficult, but far more complex is the restaurant industry…specifically that in Arizona. I have had the honor to serve as President & CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association for the past 10 years. The stronghold government regulations place on business owners applying their entrepreneurial spirit to make their community better can make success harder and harder to achieve. It is that entrepreneurial spirit that continues to make our County prosper. Hurdles to productivity make no sense as we are trying to move forward as a County. We are looking to a future of progress and innovation in Maricopa County. Our goal is to make an economic environment that invites the growth of major businesses led by bright minds. By evolving with that mindset, we can add jobs and stimulate the economy, removing some of the need for burdensome government regulations. The government has its place in business, but unwarranted fees and paperwork for the sake of paperwork is simply not it.
Small businesses aren’t the only entity to struggle against bureaucracy. Many residents tell me time and time again how difficult it has been to get a permit or other need resolved in Maricopa County. In some instances, fees are going up while staffing levels are being reduced….effectively requiring the taxpayer to spend more for less. Private property rights and related issues seem to have lost the significance and respect they deserve. I intend to work to change this mentality and put people first not politics or pettiness.
I have great pride in knowing I’ve been a part of Maricopa County for so long. I’ve watched this County change in so many ways. I am excited for the opportunity to give back and help shape the future.
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