Testimonial: Vice-Mayor Mark Freeman

Interview with Mark Freeman about Keith Woods (running for re-election to the SRP Board of Directors on April 7th, 2020): One of the attributes a person needs is to be able to work as an elected official with another elected official, you may not always agree, but you can agree to disagree, but work collectively together to resolve a problem or issue.

he’s very easy going but he understands the processes in order to get it accomplished

Vice-Mayor Mark Freeman, Mesa, Arizona

I find that Keith’s leadership on that, he’s very easy going but he understands the processes in order to get it accomplished, and helps others to understand that. But then thereby listening to others…and I think the key is ‘listening to others’ and understanding what they want, and what you want and compromising those so that you have the capacity to resolve and finish a problem.

I think that’s one of the things I like about Keith, he understands and listens to people to help you feel good about yourself, that somebody is actually listening. He takes that information to management, and through the respective areas that he represents, he is able to resolve problems.

About Mark Freeman:

Mark is the Vice-Mayor of Mesa, Arizona. Elected to the Mesa City Council in August 2016, Councilmember Mark Freeman began his first term representing District 1 in January of 2017. He was named Vice Mayor on January 28, 2019. His term on the Council runs until January of 2021.

Freeman’s Mesa roots run deep, as his ancestor, Charles Crismon, was one of the founding fathers of Mesa. His family has farmed in the Valley since 1878 and Freeman continues that tradition today, growing alfalfa and sweet corn and running a summer farmer’s market at Brown and Center Street. In addition to farming, he spent 31 years with the Mesa Fire and Medical Department as a Captain Paramedic before retiring in 2011.

Mark has always been active in the community, serving on the Mesa Board of Adjustment as well as serving as the Lehi area Board President for 12 years. In addition, he has been involved with the Maricopa County and Arizona Farm Bureau organizations for many years.

Mark has lived in Mesa for more than 60 years. He and his wife LeeAnn have a strong family value, with great love for their three children and eight grandchildren. His oldest son is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force as a Captain. Their other children reside in Mesa.