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BREAKING: Paradise Valley Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner to not seek re-election

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The love is, has been and always will be strong for the people, residents and customers of the Town of Paradise Valley, Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner tells the Digital Free Press. (Photo: Arianna Grainey/DigitalFreePress)
Jerry Bien-Willner: ‘I eagerly anticipate new opportunities and challenges’
By Terrance Thornton | Digital Free Press

Paradise Valley Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner is announcing he will not be seeking a fourth term at Town Council.

Mayor Bien-Willner is the top elected official at the Town of Paradise Valley through early January 2025.

“With election season starting, many of you have inquired about my plans,” Mayor Bien-Willner said in a Jan. 25 email to supporters and community members. “After careful consideration and despite ample encouragement, I’ve decided not to seek re-election for a fourth term as Paradise Valley’s mayor. I would like to share with you the reasoning behind this choice.”

The love is, has been and always will be strong for the people, residents and customers of the Town of Paradise Valley, Mayor Bien-Willner confirms.

“Leading our beloved community is a profound responsibility. Throughout my service, I’ve set ambitious goals for our town and myself, consistently assessing performance during this time,” he said. “ I’m pleased that our town is running well, is safe and financially secure, and has enhanced its reputation. Our community also radiates joy and gratitude.”

Mayor Bien-Willner is in his final year of his third term having re-election in 2022 whereas before he served as a volunteer, directly elected mayor, he served as a member of Town Council for four years.

Photo: Arianna Grainey/DigitalFreePress)
Jerry Bien-Willner: ‘I eagerly anticipate new opportunities and challenges’

In 2022, Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner was named to the executive committee of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and he serves as the town’s representative at the Maricopa Association of Governments.

“I believe that public service is not simply about the ‘wins,’ but also how the job gets done,” he said in his update to supporters and community members.

“I have worked to lead by example, prioritizing problem prevention and resolution, consensus-building, and decency. I take pride in the many outstanding results our community has won, often against the odds and during uniquely challenging times, while maintaining transparency and upholding our values. You expect and deserve no less.”

Mayor Bien-Willner is an accomplished litigator by trade — an entrepreneur in spirit — and a family man at heart.

“My own requirement to step forward from this role has been to meet these high standards for our town while fostering an organizational culture that can uphold our shared vision beyond my time in local service,” he said.

“I promised as much during my last campaign. Our town will always need committed volunteer leadership, but we are fully prepared for the future. With these promises fulfilled and our town in top condition, I eagerly anticipate new opportunities and challenges. Rest assured that I am committed to pursuing excellence for our community until my term concludes. And, I will stay engaged and will gladly be of service to our town in the helpful ways I can in the future.”

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