Mayors: East Valley interests should not derail casino — Arizona Republic

Submitted by Bob Barrett, mayor of Peoria; Adolfo Gamez, mayor of Tolleson; and Sharon Wolcott, mayor of Surprise.

As mayors of our respective cities, we work every day to help create the best possible environment for our residents to succeed. We also recognize that as neighbors there are unique opportunities in which our cities can work together for the benefit of the entire West Valley.

The Tohono O’odham Nation’s planned West Valley Resort and Casino is an excellent example of one of these opportunities. The potential it brings — thousands of new jobs, permanent positive economic development, and exciting entertainment opportunities, all at no cost to taxpayers — is why it enjoys overwhelming public support. It is why our respective councils voted unanimously to support this project.

It is also why several members of the Glendale City Council recently moved to begin discussions with the Tohono O’odham Nation. We applaud the foresight and independence of those council members for standing up and supporting substantive dialogue.

Read the full guest opinion from the three mayors at the Arizona Republic.