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Rodney Glassman tapped to co-chair panel with Secretary of State

A former Tucson City Councilman and one-time Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate has been picked to head up a "Technology, Transparency and Commerce Council" by Secretary of State Michele Reagan.

Rodney Glassman, now a Republican, will co-chair the group with Reagan, who said she's "doubling down on her commitment to work with the business community to improve government technologies and transparency."

Reagan said, "I'm delighted and honored to have such an amazing group of industry leaders to help me identify and implement an agenda that will make government more efficient and accountable."

The group will meet quarterly, Reagan said.

Other Southern Arizonans in the group include broadcaster Doug Martin of KVOI, Raytheon's Linda Medler, and Jay Geldmacher of Artesyn Embedded Technologies.

Now an attorney with Ryley Carlock & Applewhite in Phoenix, Glassman sat on the City Council from 2007 to 2010, when he challenged U.S. Sen. John McCain. After being trounced in that election — and raising the ire of many state Democrats for what they saw as a failure to follow through on fundraising promises — Glassman was appointed in 2013 as the interim town manager of Cave Creek, north of Phoenix. He held that position for about six months.

Although he was rumored to be angling for positions in the Democratic Party, Glassman has switched his registration and joined the GOP.

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Mar 1, 2016, 6:43 pm
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I never trusted Glassman, even in his Demo days.  He was an opportunist from the word go but gave very little of what he was capable of.  And he has a very short attention span as evident from his constant changes of focus.  He may be brilliant, but he’s not reliable if it doesn’t promote him.

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Feb 29, 2016, 4:39 pm
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Although he was rumored to be angling for positions in the Democratic Party, Glassman has switched his registration and joined the GOP.

Well, it is all about the lowest common denominator, and now that he’s in Phoenix it is just better business to be a Republican.

This appointment is just as comical as the one about director of latino engagement or whatever it was.

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Glassman on election night, 2010.

Technology, Transparency and Commerce Council members

  • Michele Reagan, co-chair & Arizona Secretary of State
  • Rodney Glassman, co-chair, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
  • Andy Biggs, Arizona Senate president
  • David Gowan, Arizona speaker of the House
  • Paul Ryan, PACE Foundation, president
  • Jim Ward, Phoenix Symphony, president
  • Ash Patel, Asian-American Hotel Owners Association
  • Justin Scott, HOA Management Company, ceo
  • Peter Tourian, Boom Brands, LLC, founder
  • Rene Smith, Maricopa County Home Shows, president
  • Linda R. Medler, Raytheon, cyber director of Advanced Missile Systems
  • Don Budinger, Rodel Foundations, chairman
  • Jay L. Geldmacher, Artesyn Embedded Technologies, president
  • David Jackson, Knight Transportation, president
  • Adam Goodman, Goodman's Interiors, president
  • Scott Rehorn, Red Development, managing partner
  • Kim McWaters, Universal Technical Institute, president
  • Bryan Sperber, Phoenix International Raceway, president
  • Panch Panchanathan, Arizona State University Office of Knowledge Enterprise, senior vice president
  • Karrin Taylor, Arizona Strategies, CEO
  • Mike Brewer, Brewer Companies, CEO
  • Erik Olsson, Mobile Mini, CEO
  • Doug Martin, Good News Broadcasting, CEO