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District 3 Supervisor Andy Kunasek announces he will not seek re-election

3/2/2016

NORTH VALLEY – Maricopa County District 3 Supervisor Andy Kunasek has announced he will not be seeking re-election for another term as District 3 Supervisor. Kunasek has served Maricopa County for 19 years, since being appointed to the Board of Supervisors in 1997 and being elected in 1998 and re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012.

Kunasek is well-known in the north valley. His official Maricopa County biography notes his ongoing dedication to conserving open space. In 2003, Kunasek was named “Outstanding Elected Official of the Year” by the National Association for County Parks & Recreation for his championing of the County’s parks system. He has also committed to linking County parks with a 242-mile trail system throughout the Valley.

Kunasek has dedicated himself to fiscal accountability and responsible government, as well as public safety, having approved more than $2 billion in public safety improvements.

In a statement released through the County regarding Kunasek’s announcement, Chairman of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors Clint Hickman called Kunasek “a man of vision, principle, and action.”

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Andy at the County since 2013,” Hickman said in the statement. “While we are losing a friend and colleague, I can say – on behalf of all of the Maricopa County Supervisors – that we wish him well in the coming chapters of his life.”

Supervisor Steve Chucri also released a statement regarding Kunasek.

“I've been fortunate to know Supervisor Kunasek for more than 40 years and continue to admire his sense of community, integrity and the real meaning of public service,” said Supervisor Steve Chucri, District 2. “We will miss Andy’s style, charm, and unique ability to connect with people. But his legacy at Maricopa County will endure for years to come.”