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Editorial: McReynolds provides Verde Valley voice in GOP primary
7/28/2012 1:11:00 PM
For his understanding of jobs and tourism, water and rural issues, and the Verde Valley in general, Verde Valley Newspapers is endorsing John McReynolds in the Republican primary for District 2 supervisor in Yavapai County.
For newly created District 2, which comprises the Interstate-17 corridor from Beaver Creek to Black Canyon City, redistricting has meant a GOP primary field of distinct personalities of very different backgrounds.
Yes, McReynolds is a long-time resident of Camp Verde, but he has made a point of wanting to work with all of the rural communities and their very different problems within this broad new district. McReynolds sets the bar high for what he thinks should be expected of a supervisor and the county government as a whole.
Possibly the biggest challenge of the redistricting, District 2 includes “both sides of the mountain” where points of contention are very real. McReynolds recognizes this on a down-to-earth level and is eager to be a consensus-builder.
One of the original appointees to the first Camp Verde Town Council, McReynolds knows what it means to establish a new political entity. As co-chair of the Yavapai County Food Safety Council he understands the workings of county government. As boss of an irrigation ditch, he has a hands-on knowledge of water issues.
As owner of a business that has continued to succeed in an economy that has been the undoing of many others, his fiscal judgment is self-evident. Throughout the election, McReynolds has constantly emphasized the need for real jobs in the district and the responsibility of the county to help build tourism.
McReynolds also expresses his willingness to do the research and listen to all voices before making a decision.
Having more than one supervisor with a deep understanding of the Verde Valley is vital for this area. Under the current alignment too many decisions over the years have been 2-1 against the Verde Valley. With the new alignment, that could easily be 4-1 without another firm Verde Valley voice.
This endorsement is for the Republican Primary; the general election is a whole new game as the GOP winner faces off with independent Alan Buchanan and “other” Wes Lance, both from Camp Verde.
The 2012 primary election is officially Aug. 28, but early voting begins Aug. 2.
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