On Tuesday, Sept. 24 after an intense question and answer session, the Globe City Council appointed Michael Pastor to fill the city’s District 2 vacancy.
“I’m excited to be able to accept the appointment of this seat,” Pastor told the Silver Belt at press time. “I’ve lived in the district for many many years and I was planning on running next go around after hearing of Councilman Humphrey’s illness.”
Mike Pastor has spent his entire adult career in public service. He served as a Gila County Supervisor for District 2 for eight years, served on the Globe Public School Board for 11 years, and also served four years on the Gila Community College’s elected governing board.
It was an unusual occurrence for the Globe City Council to have to fill a vacancy midterm. City Manager Paul Jepson explained the process to the council at the Sept. 24 meeting and reminded the council that “it was a major decision in the realm of a tragic event.”
The council referred to section 2-1-4 of the city code detailing filling vacancies. The code reads that the council shall fill by appointment for the unexpired term of a councilmember. The appointee must be a qualified elector in the district where the vacancy occurred.
Four applicants vied for the position: Steve Stratton, Mike Pastor, Dan Shinder, and Thea Wilshire. Applicants drew numbers to distinguish an order. In the order drawn, applicants were called out from the council chambers to take part in the question/answer process. Each of the four applicants were asked seven questions; one from each councilmember, with mayor Al Gameros starting and finishing the line of questions. They were then given a three minute time limit to answer each question.
Applicant Steve Stratton expressed his desire to be part of the council because he wanted to make a difference and help the community. He commented that his mission would be to help retain the 40 percent of people that are traveling back and forth from the valley and help provide them with affordable housing. Stratton stated he is experienced with juggling different personalities and that his experience as a former city manager could help the council move forward progressively to reach joint goals.
Applicant Mike Pastor told the council that as a lifelong resident of Globe Miami he’s seen it during the booming years as well as through the struggling years. He believed the current council was highly progressive and expressed the urge to continue doing positive things for the community before he retires from public service.
“I’ve always believed that you have to listen to your constituents because they are the people that elected you,” said Pastor. “Be honest, and the truth will always lead you to the right decision.”
Applicant Dan Shinder believed he could make a difference and bring a fresh perspective to the team. Shinder stated that he would like to see people open businesses in vacent buildings. His vision was to bring more people here for further growth and development.
Applicant Thea Wilshire said, “I love Globe. I love serving people. I am passionate about seeing the possibilities of our community and then working toward those and making them a reality.” Wilshire noted that the council needed someone with experience and she felt she needed to step forward because she can and she has the time and energy to do something great for this area.
Following the completion of the interview process, Councilman Fernando Shipley said, “This is really hard for me because you are all fantastic people. I am so proud that you are all willing to step up for this community.”
Councilman Mike Stapleton stated, “The seat that is to be filled was owned by someone who cared deeply about this city. Mike Humphrey was a phenomenal person.”
Councilman Freddie Rios added that it is his hope that the applicant appointed will consider running in 2020 for a full term so that the constituents of District 2 can complete the election process.
Councilwoman Charlene Giles nominated Mike Pastor and Councilman Jesse Leetham seconded. Steve Stratton was also nominated by Stapleton but that vote died due to a lack of a second. Shipley nominated Wilshire but the vote again died due to a lack of a second.
Mike Pastor was named councilman for District 2 after a majority vote.
“I want to thank the other three candidates for their camaraderie and to the city council, I know how difficult this decision was but I appreciate your support and I will give you all of my support as a new councilmember,” said Pastor.