Candidate Name: Casey Clowes
What office are you running for?
Tempe City Council
With which party are you running for office?
Why are you running for office?
My passion for advocacy was shaped by Tempe and I learned at a young age how local government can work for the needs of all residents. I will carry on Tempe’s tradition of excellent public service by working to build safe and sustainable communities, making Tempe the best place to live and work, and by giving families the resources they need to thrive. I will bring an analytical perspective to and fight for our progressive values while on the Tempe City Council.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
My top priorities, and the most critical issues facing Tempe residents, are expanding upon Tempe’s sustainability efforts, increasing affordability, and making Tempe the best city in the Valley in which to live (whether young or old) and work.
We are facing an existential climate crisis. I believe that Tempe can and should be a leader on sustainability and resilience in the state of Arizona, southwest, and country. Climate and environmental justice must be considered in every decision facing the city including development, energy profile, and making it easier for folks to make more sustainable choices including taking public transit or walking.
I want to ensure that public transit is more accessible and convenient for everyone. These improvements include more frequent and reliable service, using mobile technology for real-time bus location and arrival information, and partnering with local artists and vendors to create functional and aesthetically pleasing bus stops. I understand the importance of removing transportation barriers and expanding mobility options for bicycles, scooters, walking, and other forms of transportation. Additionally, Tempe must invest in urban forestry and increase its shade canopy to reduce urban heat island effect and make it more comfortable for resident to utilize sidewalks.
Many working families cannot afford to live in Tempe because of the increasing cost of housing. We need to increase wages and non-wage benefits for those who live and work in our City and increase the amount of affordable and workforce housing throughout our City.
Tempe is a compassionate, caring city and can build upon its current programs to be the best city for people of all ages. I believe Tempe should continue to and further invest in its early childhood education programs, parks and recreation programs for all ages, and create policies that support aging in place.
Who is your hero?
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy going to ASU football games, hiking, and playing trivia at The Shop and Boulders on Broadway.
What is the most recent book you read?
The Tempe Public Library has an amazing selection of books from which to choose! The last book I read was Yes We (Still) Can by Dan Pfeiffer and I am currently reading Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown. I am looking forward to reading Eyes to the Wind by Ady Barkan. My favorite, albeit specific, books to read are memoirs written by women comedians; in law school I would reread Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey each break.
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Folks can join our email list and sign up to volunteer in person or remotely at clowesforcouncil.com/get-involved!
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
Where is your favorite place in Tempe?
The pedestrian bridge at Tempe Town Lake. I love to watch the moon rise behind A Mountain from the bridge.
Post created from answers submitted by candidate to our Meet the Candidate survey.
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