David Norman is a 45-year-old newlywed who has recently moved to Gilbert. On the afternoon I spoke with David, he was volunteering his efforts to the Glasser Foundation’s “Shop with a Cop” event in West Phoenix. David hails from Richmond, Virginia and has called Arizona his home for twenty-five years. A track runner, David went to college in Tucson where he attended, and graduated, from the U of A. This is where, and when, he “Fell in love with Arizona” and knew “This is where I wanted to stay.” Upon graduation, David was hired on with the Phoenix Police Department, fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a law enforcement professional. This career is what brought him to the valley.
David and his wife do not have any children as of yet, and when I asked if it were in their foreseeable future, he replied, “We’re working on it.” He says that the “Diversity of the state.” is one of the many benefits of raising children in Arizona. “The weather is amazing year-round. A two-hour drive up north for snow and camping, the valley has the desert, lakes and mountain ranges for hiking, it’s amazing.”
David and his wife are self-proclaimed foodies, and he is ecstatic about the “Explosion” of locally own restaurants that has occurred here in the valley over the last decade. Citing the central corridor, Gilbert and old town Scottsdale, he says having locally own eateries promotes community and a sense of closeness within said communities. I couldn’t agree more.
Being a resident of the valley for twenty years, I asked David what positive changes he has been able to witness. From a law enforcement professional’s point of view, he is pleased with the reduction in major crime, especially the influences of gang violence. “There are still some big city issues, but the impact of major crimes has diminished in the last 8-10 years.”
As our conversation was nearing its conclusion, I asked David what he would like to see change within our state, something that would create a meaningful and positive impact on all residents. Not wanting to become too political with his answer, he pondered for a moment before he responded. Being a border state, he feels immigration law should be one of our top concerns. “Illegal immigration is a problem no matter what side of the aisle you lean. You have to recognize that it is a major issue. Many people come here to contribute and make a better life for themselves and their families; they do it the right way. However, there are those that don’t as well and that creates a major wave. It would be nice if we could do something to curtail that right now.”
And just like that, our time had expired. Before I let David return to his duties as a volunteer, I asked him for one final quote. He replied with a laugh and a grin, “The juice has to be worth the squeeze.”