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Valley mayors share Christmas wish lists, plans

Dec 24, 2013, 5:00 AM | Updated: 5:00 am

PHOENIX — Some Valley mayors aren’t bashful about sharing what gifts they want to find under the Christmas tree this year.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said he’s hoping for a gift certificate from any of Phoenix’s locally-owned coffee shops. That way he can grab a coffee every morning as he heads down to city hall.

Stanton is also looking forward to spending time with his family.

“We’re super excited about what the Christmas tree has for our own 6-year-old and 3-year-old, my own two kids,” he said. “I’m going to take my son Trevor to go ice skating down at CityScape.”

Meanwhile, another Valley mayor wants something that he can use at a higher place.

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith is a pilot. He’s hoping for a new iPad that he can take with him into the cockpit. He said it will do away with a lot of the paperwork, especially navigational charts.

“You used to have to fly and carry all of these paper charts with you, and now they’re all electronic,” he said. “I’ll be able to look at weather and do things like that that I couldn’t do before. And it’s all through this incredible software that we have.”

Smith said he’ll also spend some much needed time with his family.

“We’re just going to kick back and take a couple of weeks,” he said. “I have a big decision to make.”

That decision is whether to run for governor of Arizona. He said he’ll announce his decision sometime after the first of the year.

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