Steve Chucri is running for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, District 2. District 2 includes Fountain Hills, Mesa, Gilbert, Carefree, Cave Creek, Phoenix, Rio Verde, Paradise Valley and Scottsdale. Steve represents conservative Republican leadership.
First, Steve and his wife, Christine live in Mesa with their two young boys. Steve was born and raised in Mesa. The Chucri's are a religious family and, Steve credits his mother for having taught him the importance of God in making him successful in all aspects of his life. His grandfather, Tony M Coury, Sr., founded Tony M. Coury Buick on Main Street in Mesa. Steve learned from his family the high value of honest and transparent business principles, the kind of traditional values that promote faith and trust in community leadership.
Steve graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from University of San Diego. But, his first job was that of janitor for a church and school. He mopped floors, cleaned bathrooms and raked leaves while learning to appreciate the hard work that people do on a daily basis. It taught him to appreciate education. Two of his favorite charities are Friends of the Orphans and The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. Steve's favorite moments are spent relaxing on the beach and watching his boys play as the waves hit the shore. A true family man.
For the past 10 years Steve Chucri has served as the President and CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association. Therefore, if you eat at chains, franchises or independent restaurants, statewide, you can be assured that the ARA has taken part in training employees and advocating for restaurant issues on a local, state and federal level. Today, restaurant sales in Arizona are close to $10 billion dollars and the industry employs 250,000 people. This background helps to make Steve Chucri passionate about his state and it's people. One of the things Steve did was to institute Arizona Restaurant Week, encouraging restaurants across the state to feature signature dishes and tasting menus during a single week, to express their creativity, ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit.
Steve also worked as a legislative director in Washington for 6 years prior to the ARA job. He will be the first to tell you how he witnessed government overregulation of business, sparking his passion to preserve the rights of businesses.
“Now is the appropriate time to replace finger--pointing with problem--solving in our county leadership,” said Steve. “There is a thirst throughout our community to activate fresh perspectives, and to replace the endless distractions with genuine and conservative servant--leadership. More government spending has failed to renew our community. Instead, we must act constructively together to honestly shrink and reform government by reducing job--killing regulation and mandates and to allow the free enterprise system to implement the creativity and proven success of free market principles.”
Steve believes it's important to remove the regulations that county government has placed on small businesses. He sees fees for services going up and staffing levels going down, meaning, residents in Maricopa County are paying more for less. Did you know that Maricopa County has a 43 page dust permit and less developed Pinal County has a 2 page permit? Your questions need to be answered and problem solving needs to begin. We must act constructively together to honestly shrink and reform government by reducing job-killing regulation and mandates. And, we must also allow the free enterprise system to implement creativity and the proven success of free market principles.
It is the job of your County Supervisor to work with local governments to resolve small issues before they become big problems. Steve looks forward to open communication and being proactive.
Through his involvement as a board member of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Advisory Council, Phoenix Sports Commission and other entities, he has earned the respect of his colleagues for his forward thinking and ability to resolve complex problems.
Steve Chucri is endorsed by Senator Jon Kyl, Congressmen Jeff Flake, Ben Quayle, David Schweikert, Paul Gosar and Trent Franks, Senate President Steve Pierce, House Speaker Andy Tobin, State Treasurer Doug Ducey, County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Attorney General Tom Horne, Mayors Scott Smith of Mesa, John Lewis of Gilbert, Jay Tibshraeny of Chandler, Scott LeMarr of Paradise Valley, Vincent Francia of Cave Creek and Jim Lane of Scottsdale; and, last but not least, Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek.
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