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8/6/2012 8:11:00 AM
Q & A with the County Supervisor candidates: economic development
Courtesy the Daily Courier


Question: What is the role of the Board of Supervisors in the county's economic development?

District 1 candidates:


Kelly Cordes (R)

"(The board should) bring the municipalities together and come up with some intergovernmental agreements as it relates to the economy of Yavapai County," Cordes said, "and see how we can improve the economy."

John Hanna (R)

"Government is never put in place to create jobs," Hanna said. "Government does make concessions as far as making it able for the free market to come in and create jobs."

Bob Luzius (R)

"I feel the Supervisors need to step up and have a larger interest in economic development throughout the county," Luzius said.

Lucy Mason (R)

"We have to be about a certain growth, and that means bringing in new business," Mason said. "It's working with the businesses. I'm not talking about handing out incentives in dollar form...There is a way to bring businesses to the table."

Rowle Simmons (R)

"I tend to be an advocate of having the county involved in economic development," Simmons said. "That's one area I'm going to be very much available on, to be working with the various communities, if nothing else, a facilitator."

District 2 candidates:

Alan "Buck" Buchanan (I)

"Economic development is a very high priority for everyone, because it provides a better tax base," Buchanan said, "but we are not going to get big corporations; we need to pursue a smaller idea. A smaller idea would be farms...or tourism. That's going to be our future."

Scott "Wild Wes" Lance (Other)

"People need jobs," Lance said, "and I think the county can do a great deal to help this. Instead of spending $12 million on a (new) jail, why couldn't they spend $12 million trying to bring businesses into (the county)?"

John McReynolds (R)

"(The I-17/Hwy 69) area is a good chance for the county," McReynolds said, "because the incorporated areas ...are struggling, so they go after the sales jobs and raise the sales tax. The county can make (revenue) from different types of business there."

Martin Pangburn (R)

"We have a tremendous amount of retired citizens up here, retired CEOs, corporate executives," Pangburn said, "I want to tap those brains to create and develop a task force...to get things done."

Tom Thurman (Incumbent, R)

"I brought up the suggestion that we actually hire a director of some sort for economic development," Thurman said, "to help all these municipalities get even more job opportunities."

District 4 candidates:

William Blankemeier (R)

"We should be business-friendly, for responsible growth, and give incentives to make them want to come here," Blankemeier said

Craig Brown (R)

"I believe (the board) should take a leadership role to bring all the chambers of commerce and cities together here in this area and coordinate with them on different efforts to further economic development," Brown said.

Walter Burcham (R)

"We need to form a partnership with an economic development foundation," Burcham said. "Phoenix gets an awful lot coming their way, and there's a lot that doesn't fit for them, and if we're partnering with them, they can send it our way."

Dick Busby (R)

"At this point...the county hasn't been involved in economic development in the western half of the county," Busby said. "Look at I-40-its 60 miles going through Yavapai County, but...tourists going through the county will stop at Williams or Kingman and leave Seligman and Ash Fork because there's no infrastructure. We could develop that."

Lynn Duke (R)

"There's not a whole lot the county can do (alone)," Duke said. "(The county can) keep the regulation and permitting process as business-friendly as possible to encourage new businesses to come to the area and encourage existing businesses to expand."

Gary Warren (R)

"That's just not something I've seen the county get into," Warren said. "They have other responsibilities that are different than what a town or a city (would have)."

District 5 candidates

Jack Smith (R)


"(The board should) stand behind the private sector and see what it can do to help," said Smith. "If that means addressing the taxes, or addressing enterprise zones, or going to a legislator, asking them for help" those are things that could be done.

Bill Williams (D)

"We should do whatever we can to create a climate that attracts clean industry and creates jobs," Williams said.

Harold Wise (R)

"The County Supervisors should be more of a facilitator," Wise said, "and work with the state legislators to bring those businesses to this county...(The municipalities) have their own departments as far as economic development."

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