John D. Marcanti wants to be the new supervisor for Gila County District 3, which now includes Canyon Day, Carrizo, Copper Basin, Globe precincts 1, 2 and 8, San Carlos, Star Valley, Young and a portion of Payson.
He is contending for the Democratic nomination against Ronnie McDaniel and Marvin Mull Jr.
Marcanti is a lifetime resident of Gila County and seeks to bring his years of business experience to the residents of Gila County. His business, Marcanti Electric, has been a successful family operated company since 1960. He has also been an active member of the IBEW local 518 for 33 years. He is a former City of Globe councilman and currently serves on the Gila County Building Safety Advisory and Appeals Board as vice chairman.
Marcanti has played a major role in several local community organizations. He is a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th degree, as well as an avid supporter of the Special Olympics, the American Cancer Society and Globe-Miami-San Carlos youth sports programs. Marcanti also served as a volunteer for the Globe Fire Department and retired after 25 years.
This year he was inducted as one of the first members of the Globe High School Hall of Fame.
Marcanti was born and raised in Globe and is a strong believer in family values and community service. He has been married to his wife Willie for 38 years and has two children. He is also a lifelong member of the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Globe.
Asked why he was running, Marcanti said, “I have always felt that I should put back into the community as much as I have taken out. I have spent my life helping people and I feel that the business experience I bring to the table will help oversee the financing and administration of Gila County government.”
The Roundup asked Marcanti to identify the top three to five issues he feels residents of his district are facing.
“After meeting and talking with people in District 3, I have found that their biggest concern is the unemployment rate. People need jobs and I want to actively persuade new industry and economic development for new jobs and work to support our mining industry.
“Another concern brought up to me is a concern for public safety and the prosecution of criminals in Gila County. I plan to work to do whatever it takes to assist the Gila County sheriff and county attorney’s office to protect the residents of Gila County.”
Marcanti added, cities and towns in Gila County have been facing hardship during this great recession.
“The state has been cutting funding to many programs due to budget shortfalls, funding that has been cut to cities, towns and school districts has put a large burden on tax rates with some of the largest in Arizona. I intend to work with the cities and towns helping them with any assistance that can be done through intergovernmental agreements, we will all have to work together through these tough times.”
Asked why people should vote for him and what made him the best person for the job, Marcanti said, “I feel with my years of business experience, my honesty, integrity and sincerity to help people makes me the best candidate for the office of District 3 supervisor.”