, Arizona , United States
|| April 04, 1931
Oct 01, 2020 07:24pm
|Info||William R. "Bill" Schulz was born on April 4, 1931 in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from the Kentucky Military Institute in 1949 and from The United |
States Military Academy at West Point 1954. After resigning his commission to focus on a career in business he attended Harvard Business School and graduated in 1959. He and his wife Lelia (married 1954) have three daughters, Ellen, Lelia and Cindy.
Bill Schulz was the founder and executive manager of Homesmith, Inc., in Palo Alto, California, 1959- May 1963. Homesmith offered a new service of home repair to homeowners in the Palo Alto area. He was the founder and President of W.R. Schulz and Associates (WRSA) from 1965-1983. The firm owned and managed 88 garden
apartment properties comprising 12,800 units mainly in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Despite operating in a highly volatile industry, WRSA was never sued by a partner, lender or supplier. In the course of housing over 250,000 renter households, WRSA enjoyed a reputation for upholding renter and employee interests. Schulz built his apartment empire on the motto "He who serves best profits most."
Schulz was responsible for pushing the Apartment Renter's Tax Relief Bill through the Legislature. This gave him a taste and appreciation for politics and an interest in running for office.
In the 1978 Arizona Governor's Campaign, Schulz ran for office on the Democratic ticket, opposed in the primary election by Wesley Bolin (incumbent governor) and Dino
DeConcini. He launched his "Goals for Arizona" campaign using research accumulated during trips around the state. He withdrew from the race in March 1978 after the death of Governor Wesley Bolin. Schulz lent his support to Bruce Babbitt, the former Attorney
General, who took over the Governor's post at Bolin's death.
In the 1980 Arizona Senate Campaign, Schulz entered the race as the third Democrat (with Jim McNulty and Frank DePaoli) seeking to earn the primary nomination and run against longtime AZ Senator Barry Goldwater. Schulz used "Energy for the Eighties" as his campaign slogan. He lost the race by a small margin to Goldwater.
In the 1986 Arizona Governor's Campaign, Schulz announced his intent to run for governor again early in 1984. He had to withdraw from the race in 1985 due to his daughter's health.
He re-entered the race as an Independent candidate in September or
1986, after he was able to obtain enough signatures to place him on the ballot. The general feeling among Arizona politicians at the time was that Schulz would not be able to get the required signatures, but Schulz, along with his family and friends were able to obtain roughly three times the necessary signatures. He re-entered the race to campaign against Evan Mecham (R) and Carolyn Warner (D). He was defeated by Evan Mecham and chose not to run for office again.
Schulz conducted extensive research for this campaign, traveling around Arizona and spending time in correctional facilities, universities, community colleges and primary and
secondary schools. He traveled to fifteen other states including North Carolina, Iowa and Utah, to speak with legislators of both parties to develop a plan for improving Arizona.
Bill Schulz wrote up his research findings in “The Arizona Governor.”