Russell Pearce's Nephew Talmage Pearce Appointed to Mesa's Human Relations Advisory Board
I also wondered if his stance on the Utah Compact was the same as it was in 2011. He said he opposes the compact "as it is currently written" and believes "the laws should be enforced" when it comes to immigration.
Vice Mayor Alex Finter nominated Talmage to the HRAB after Talmage applied to be on a couple of city boards.
"I served on the Human Relations Advisory Board years ago," Finter told me. "It's a good place to kind of get started in city boards and commissions. And I thought it'd be a good fit."
Finter related that another council member "was kind of concerned" that Talmage's presence on the board might be "disruptive" or a "problem" for the HRAB.
"I personally don't think it will," stated Finter. "He definitely probably has differing opinions, and I'm fine with that . . . I didn't think it would cause such a stir. I don't think it will be as bad as some might think."
Councilman Dave Richins suggested that the position might "broaden [Talmage's] horizons," as Talmage would have to work with people who hold views opposite to his own.
Dennis Kavanagh, who represents Mesa's District 3, declined comment, save to say that he was not consulted about the recommendation prior to the vote held at the April 1 council meeting.
Interestingly, Talmage's horizons may be a bit broader than they would seem at first blush.
His application states that he "did a two-year mission for my church in Southern Chile."
In addition to his B.A. in political science from Arizona State University, Talmage claims that he speaks Arabic and has a certificate from ASU in Islamic Studies.
There may be a joke there, but I'm not touching it.
Currently, Talmage works as an insurance agent.
Which seems about right. Nothing against insurance agents, mind you.