“Sedona is my home. I look forward to deepening my commitment and serving the people, community and businesses that make it the incredibly special place that it is .”
Pete Furman is a father of two, a grandfather of three, and married to his life-partner Lisa Voss for over 20 years. An engineer by training (bachelor and master degrees from the University of Illinois) Pete started his engineering career in Phoenix in the 80s (when he first visited Sedona). He subsequently worked in marketing, sales, project management, product strategy, and late in his career started a high-tech company in San Jose, CA. In 2006 Pete helped an acquaintance run for Mayor of San Jose. He won and asked Pete to be his Chief of Staff and to help him run the 10th largest city in the U.S., which he did for 8 years. After terming out of office, Pete and the now-former Mayor started a non-profit that helped educate local/regional/state officials about pensions and fiscal responsibility issues.
Pete and Lisa moved to Sedona in 2018 and quickly enrolled in the Sedona Citizens Academy and then the Sedona Police Department Citizen Academy. Pete served on the Sedona Expenditure Limitation Options Work Group (which considered the pros/cons of Home Rule), and the Citizens Budget Committee. Pete is a current member of the Sedona Police Pension Board (the PSPRS) and the Planning and Zoning Commission. When he’s not volunteering time to the City of Sedona, Pete rides road and mountain bikes. At home, Pete enjoys cooking, reading, and listening to podcasts.
Pete thinks logically and understands local government budgeting and operations. He knows how to work with councilmembers, a city manager and staff, the public, and is experienced in getting things done in local government.
As a Sedona City Councilor, Pete’s actions will be guided by three core values: Honesty, Fiscal Responsibility, Open Government. Sedona’s elected officials have consistently honored these values and served Sedona well. Sedona is fiscally healthy, one of the best in Arizona (and in the country). Pete will continue and build upon past successes.
“Pete Furman has the integrity, intellect and experience, to successfully serve on the Sedona City Council. As Chief of Staff for Mayor Chuck Reed he worked hard to forge relationships and build consensus on many difficult political issues. He respects the professional role of the City Manager and staff and works well with them to help find solutions to tough city problems. He will listen to the needs of his constituents and apply both independent thinking and collaborative action to meet their needs. I wholeheartedly endorse Pete Furman for the Sedona City Council.“