Biography & Why I'm Running
I moved to Cochise County in 2005 from southern California where I grew up. I attended UCLA and graduated with a BA in Political Science in 1971. Immediately following graduation, I went to work at my family’s business, a precision aerospace machine shop. I took over the company when my father retired. After 15 years in that industry weathering the ups and downs of a very cyclical manufacturing economy, I changed course completely and opened a software development company which ultimately employed over 50 people.
In 2002, the dot com bust came and I retired. Close friends of mine told me about southeastern Arizona and urged me to come and look. I fell in love with the spectacular outdoors and the absolute best weather in the state. After I moved here I wanted to work again and at the prompting of some neighbors, I got my real estate license; just about a year before the great recession. Excellent timing.
I have always been my own boss, my next step was to get my Arizona Department of Real Estate Broker’s License, so I could start my own brokerage. Karp Properties LLC opened in early 2011 specializing in residential sales and property management. I participated in the local Realtor® community, joining the Southeast Arizona Association of REALTORS®, Inc and serving on the board of directors culminating in 2015 as president of the Association and the Southeast Arizona Multiple Listing Service. During my year as president I also served on the board of directors of Real Wishes, the charitable foundation of the Association.
Currently I continue to be a licensed real estate broker (no longer a Realtor®); Karp Properties LLC is a referral brokerage and does not represent buyers and sellers directly. I also am a city of Sierra Vista Planning & Zoning Commissioner.
I believe that democracy is best served by a vigorous and respectful exchange of ideas in the political process. One way to do that is to stand up and run for elective office. The important issues for the 2018 election come down to this simple question "What should state government do?" Government should be bold and visionary. We need the best schools, job opportunities and a modern infrastructure to create an environment for economic growth and prosperity in our area.
If elected, I will work hard as your state representative to be a voice for the southeastern Arizona counties of Cochise, Greenlee, Graham and Pima. I pledge to listen to everyone, respecting those that do not agree with me and representing all of you, honestly, effectively and professionally.
I would like your vote – first in the Democratic Party Nominating Primary August 28, 2018 and then, if nominated, in the general election, November 6, 2018.