Mayor Craig McFarland & Corrie Lemberg Taylor
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Mayor Craig McFarland
Mayor Craig McFarland was born in California, and grew us in the Fresno, Walnut Creek, and Northridge area.
He attended Hoover High School in Fresno, then graduated with his BA in Environmental Science from California State University.
After College Craig went to work for Anheuser-Busch, and that career moved him 10 times, to 6 different states over the course of 26 years. Craig now serves as the Mayor of Casa Grande.
Craig has been married to Nancy for over 42 years. This couple has two grown children, Kelly Herrington, graduate of University of Arizona and Scott McFarland, graduate of Arizona State University and Loyola Law School – LA, CA. Also, Five grandchildren, Dillan, Keira, Connor, Leila, and Brady. One family lives in Casa Grande, the other in Scottsdale.
Craig is very active in his community. He is a proud Board Member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley. In addition to be Mayor Through his business, charity and life experiences he has learned to listen, analyze, discuss, encourage and build trust and build teams. He has the leadership skills to help run any organization. His goals include: Provide Leadership, promote economic development, develop, improve and collaborate with our Education and Work Force Development, Increase the City of Casa Grande’s Quality of Life, collaborate with Education for Workforce Development, build a “Marketing Casa Grande” organization that markets/promotes the marketing and housing opportunities, quality of life, education, events, sports activities/venues, Lodging/Hotels/RV Resorts, Visitors, Trail systems . . . Marketing Casa Grande, support Casa Grande’s infrastructure, advance our “Healthy Community” through his Homelessness Taskforce, Healthy Community website and Volunteerism programs, and represent Casa Grande in the greater AZ community (be the face of city)
A fun fact that we learned about Craig was that when he was 6 months old he lived in DC in an adult only apartment with his parents. His bed was a dresser drawer and 6 months later they moved to Hawaii.
We asked him to tell us why he agreed to dance for this event, and he said “I love what the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley does of our young people. I cannot give enough to this organization!
We learned that when Craig was in college he wanted to be a Weather Person. In the end it translated into City Planning.
Craig was also asked what his favorite story from his work/professional life was. He told us that “it was not so much from work; my family is my favorite story. They are my favorite story and my legacy that I am most proud of!
Corrie was born and raised in Casa Grande, where she studied dance with Marsha Hindman and Pamela Rau. While attending ASU, where she earned her B.A. in Early Childhood Education, she studied tap, ballet and jazz. She has also studied hip hop. Corrie taught elementary school here in Pinal County for seven years before becoming a stay at home mom to her three sons. She has been dancing for more than 20 years.