We are volunteer residents who believe that a citizen-governed city is worth fighting for.
We are Democracy for Tempe!
Democracy for Tempe is a group of volunteer Tempe residents who formed a registered nonpartisan political action committee. We aim to hold our local government and elected officials accountable. We share news and research results with the residents of Tempe through Tempe1st.
— Alastair Farrugia
Wouldn’t it be nice?
- If your elected officials asked for your opinion and then took it into account when making decisions that affect you and your neighbors
- If your elected officials declined to do special favors for large donors
- If your elected officials didn’t deny responsibility for failed projects they supported
- If your elected officials didn’t employ services to spy on their critics
Unfortunately, if you live in Tempe, you know our relations with elected officials are not always so nice. What we’re facing today is called autocratic leadership and we believe that it’s a genuine threat to democracy on the local level.
What to do? Be concerned — Be informed — Take action — Resist
Use the power of your voice and your VOTE to affect change
- Vote NO on the 2050 General Plan (Find out why)
- Vote for the Tempe1st endorsed candidates (Here’s who they are)
Talk to us, too. We need your input. How are we doing? What are we missing?
— Marian Wright Edelman
Our goal is to keep our fellow residents informed of local issues that impact the quality of life in Tempe. We will listen to and interact with elected or appointed city officials and members of the Tempe community whether or not we agree with them on any particular issue. We aim to expose ineptness and malfeasance in local government and encourage support for or opposition to significant issues in local election including endorsing candidates who we believe will act in the best interests of the community. We are committed to being transparent and truthful in all our actions.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”James Baldwin
“Democracy is measured not by its leaders doing extraordinary things, but by its citizens doing things extraordinarily well.”John Gardner
What is Tempe 1st?
We are an all-volunteer group of Tempe residents—small business owners, teachers, former elected officials, neighborhood associations, retirees, veterans, homelessness and mental health advocates, students, healthcare workers, and others interested in preserving the best of what we love about our City. Our strategy is to listen to our fellow residents, do independent research, and share what we learn. We may sponsor forums, conduct surveys, hold meetings on topical issues, and endorse candidates whom we think are good advocates for a liveable city.
We originally came together to think about what livable and sustainable development might look like on the banks of the Rio Salado. Our list of concerns has expanded to include a host of issues facing our community-the unhoused, affordable housing, traffic congestion, preserving and expanding public spaces, money for the arts, how we elect council members and hold them and the City staff responsible for carrying out their jobs, how City budgets are allocated, and how residents can have a voice in decision making to ensure that policies and development decisions align with our City’s values.
“Wealthy donors, corporations, and other special interest groups substitute money for votes, distorting representation and corrupting our democracy. A government more responsive to money than the millions it serves neglects the voice of the people. Money decides who runs, who matters, who wins, and, subsequently, the laws that pass. Elections should be won, not bought.”