Wayne Brown (politician)

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Wayne Brown
Mayor of Mesa, Arizona
In office
Preceded by Willie Wong
Succeeded by Keno Hawker
Personal details
Born(1936-11-16)November 16, 1936
Mesa, Arizona
Died May 14, 2013(2013-05-14) (aged 76)
Spouse(s) Kathye Brown
Children Elizabeth
Residence Mesa, Arizona
Profession Politician, Accountant

Wayne Brown (November 16, 1936 – May 14, 2013) was an American politician and accountant. Brown served for two, two-year terms as the Mayor of Mesa, Arizona from 1996 to 2000. He spearheaded the movement to building the Mesa Arts Center in downtown Mesa, now the largest performing arts campus in Arizona. [1] [2] [3]

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Early life

Brown was born on November 16, 1936, in Mesa, Arizona. [1] He had a twin brother. [1] Brown graduated from Mesa High School and received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Arizona State University. [1]

Mesa, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, in the U.S. state of Arizona. It is a suburb located about 20 miles (32 km) east of Phoenix in the East Valley section of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It is bordered by Tempe on the west, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on the north, Chandler and Gilbert on the south along with Queen Creek, and Apache Junction on the east.

Mesa High School (Mesa, Arizona)

Mesa High School is a public high school in Mesa, Arizona, United States. Mesa High School currently accommodates grades 9–12 as part of Mesa Public Schools.

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Brown served on the Mesa City Council from 1968 to 1976. [2] Former Mesa Mayor Wayne Pomeroy, who served as mayor during the late 1970s, has credited Brown for planning the old Hohokam Park, beginning in 1976, during Brown's last year in office. [1] The stadium was used for training by the Oakland As in 1977 and 1978. [1] The Chicago Cubs to moved their spring training camp from Scottsdale to Hohokam Park in Mesa in 1979. [1]

Chicago Cubs Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Chicago, Illinois, United States

The Chicago Cubs are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division. The team plays its home games at Wrigley Field, located on the city's North Side. The Cubs are one of two major league teams in Chicago; the other, the Chicago White Sox, is a member of the American League (AL) Central division. The Cubs, first known as the White Stockings, were a founding member of the NL in 1876, becoming the Chicago Cubs in 1903.

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Wayne founded Wayne Brown & Co., a Mesa-based certified public accounting (CPA) firm. [1] He and his wife later acquired the Evans Distribution Co., a fuel distribution company, during the 1980s. [1] He served as the company's CEO. [1]

Mayor of Mesa

The Mesa Arts Center. Mesa arts center.jpg
The Mesa Arts Center.

Brown served as Mayor of Mesa for two consecutive, two-year terms from 1996 to 2000. He was a supporter of historic preservation and the conservation of the Sonoran Desert from urban sprawl. [2] He also persuaded former Mayor Wayne Pomeroy to return to city council to fill the vacancy of a departing councilman. [1]

Historic preservation preservation of items of historical significance

Historic preservation (US), heritage preservation or heritage conservation (UK), is an endeavour that seeks to preserve, conserve and protect buildings, objects, landscapes or other artifacts of historical significance. This term refers specifically to the preservation of the built environment, and not to preservation of, for example, primeval forests or wilderness.

Sonoran Desert North American desert

The Sonoran Desert is a North American desert which covers large parts of the Southwestern United States in Arizona and California and of Northwestern Mexico in Sonora, Baja California, and Baja California Sur. It is the hottest desert in Mexico. It has an area of 260,000 square kilometers (100,000 sq mi). The western portion of the United States–Mexico border passes through the Sonoran Desert.

Urban sprawl expansion of auto-oriented, low-density development in suburbs

Urban sprawl or suburban sprawl mainly refers to the unrestricted growth in many urban areas of housing, commercial development, and roads over large expanses of land, with little concern for urban planning. In addition to describing a particular form of urbanization, the term also relates to the social and environmental consequences associated with this development. In Continental Europe the term "peri-urbanisation" is often used to denote similar dynamics and phenomena, although the term urban sprawl is currently being used by the European Environment Agency. There is widespread disagreement about what constitutes sprawl and how to quantify it. For example, some commentators measure sprawl only with the average number of residential units per acre in a given area. But others associate it with decentralization, discontinuity, segregation of uses, and so forth.

During his tenure as mayor, Brown championed the movement to construct the Mesa Arts Center in downtown Mesa. [2] Under Brown, the city passed a quality-of-life bond issue, which was approved by voters in 1998, to pay for the center. [1] [2] Though he left office in 2000, Brown and his wife, Kathye, continued a private fundraising campaign for the arts center. [2] The couple initially hoped to raise $3.5 million, but ultimately raised more than $4.5 million from the private sector. [1] [2] The Mesa Arts Center opened in 2005, five years after Brown left office. The center's Brown Sculpture Courtyard is named in his honor. [2]

Mesa Arts Center performing and visual arts complex

The Mesa Arts Center is a performing and visual arts complex in downtown Mesa, Arizona. At more than 210,000 square feet (20,000 m2) square feet, the $95 million facility, completed in 2005, is the largest comprehensive arts campus in the state.

The private sector is the part of the economy, sometimes referred to as the citizen sector, which is run by private individuals or groups, usually as a means of enterprise for profit, and is not controlled by the State.

Brown described his time as mayor as more stressful than he had anticipated. [2] He suffered from a health scare while in office. In an interview after leaving city government, Brown states that "I burned myself out quicker than I thought...If I had to do it again, I would have slowed down." [2]

Wayne Brown died following a long series of strokes on May 14, 2013, at the age of 76. [1] He was survived by his wife, Kathye; his mother, Elva; three children - Elizabeth, Kent and Marty; thirteen grandchildren; his twin brother and his younger brother. [1]

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