Carefree Vice Mayor and community leader John Crane has declared his candidacy for Carefree Mayor.
“As your Mayor, I will continue to dedicate myself to the community as I have as Vice Mayor, listening and working with our residents, local nonprofit organizations, businesses, and volunteers with respect and cooperation. We have been neighbors for 33 years. I firmly believe local government, as the level of government closest to the people, must be transparent and responsive. I will continue to be visible, accessible, and active in the community.
I will bring my Town Council experience, knowledge, and proven analytical judgement to my decision making and leadership for Council. I will complete the integration of all Carefree homes into the Carefree Water Company system and lead a public engagement, where questions will be answered and ideas and solutions heard, to arrive at a solution for a fire protection system that will ensure public safety and be financially sound.
– Practice conservative fiscal management of the Town’s finances.
– Protect Carefree’s unique residential character and diligently fight for responsible land use and economic development.
– Initiate better water management in the continuing drought by exploring ground water recharging and creating greater public water conservation awareness and behavior.
– Rein in short term rentals.”
As a dedicated resident of Carefree, John has served the community as Vice Mayor, Councilmember, Vice Chair of the Carefree Planning and Zoning Commission, HOA president and Board Member, Desert Foothills Land Trust Vice Chair, Maricopa County Association of Government Economic Development Committee Member and a Commissioner on the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.
John earned a BS degree in Mathematics from Villanova University in 1978 and a MS degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1985. He served seven years as a US Navy nuclear submarine officer. For the past 28 years, as a business owner, he has been a sales representative in the semiconductor industry. In 2021 he was recognized by the Black Mountain Foothills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) with their prestigious Medal of Honor, which recognizes John’s lifelong achievements serving his country and community.