Top 100 rank: 28
In the early 1900s, Gilbert was known as the Hay Capital of the World. Today it is a bustling small city and the fastest-growing town in Arizona in the last decade.
New development projects include the Freestone Recreation Center, a new regional mall called SanTan Village, and a planned Mormon temple.
Retaining the charm of the old days, the town’s Heritage District remains a quaint and historic heart of the community. And the schools are top notch.
Under my leadership, we were able to achieve an unbelievable explosion of growth and prosperity. I believe that Gilbert has the potential to be on the verge of a second explosion. As Mayor again, I will provide strong, pragmatic leadership to restore Gilbert to its rightful place as a municipal leader in the great State of Arizona.