(Carl Diedrich/Guest Commentator) When running for a seat on Maricopa’s city council, candidate Bridger Kimball made a campaign promise that if elected he would donate his first year’s salary to charity. While some may call it bravado, I talked to Bridger about it and felt he was sincere in his promise. Of course only time will tell when it comes to candidates making campaign promises.
Well, in March, Kimball was elected to the city council. In June he was sworn in, and after receiving his first paycheck, he promptly donated it to the Maricopa Historical Society.
It actually seems fitting that Councilman Kimball would choose the Maricopa Historical Society as his first recipient. Maricopa has a long history of neighbors helping neighbors. If you take the time to read up on any of Maricopa’s past, you will see that this was an isolated desert town that relied on the goodness of people.
There is significant time and a fair amount of personal money that goes into being a member of city council. Giving up the “salary” is not an easy thing to do. As a business owner, Councilman Kimball faces the daily reality of business ownership. The ebb and flow of the economy and the personal financial risk that it includes. His willingness to donate his salary to charity is substantial and I know it will make a significant difference to those charities who receive the much-needed funds.
Thank you, Councilman Kimball.
(Councilman Kimball has asked that charities that are interested in receiving funds please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with a short proposal as to what you would like to use the funds for.)
Carl Diedrich is a former Maricopa City Council Member. He will periodically be commenting on Maricopa and what is happening in our city.His column appears here weekly and can also be found on his personal blog about all things Maricopa, www.hwy347.com.