Home | Classifieds | Place Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Kudos | Obits | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | Villager | Health Directory | Contact Us
The Verde Independent | Cottonwood, Arizona

home : opinions : editorials May 25, 2016

12/31/2011 1:05:00 PM
Editorial: 2012 will be season of political change in Verde Valley

For most of us, a new year marks a season of change.

We make resolutions. We set goals. We make a commitment to better our lives.

Politically speaking in the Verde Valley, the winds of change will blow in a manner unlike any we’ve seen in the past 25 years.

It’s all because of this process we went through in 2011 called redistricting. At the county, state and congressional level, we re-divided the pie that defines representation. The political landscape in the Verde Valley shifted like a California tectonic plate.

At the county level, Yavapai now has five supervisor districts and it’s doubtful the Verde Valley gained any political clout from this split. Our best hope of having two votes on the new five-person board rests with someone from Cornville or Camp Verde knocking off incumbent Tom Thurman or another Prescott-area candidate in the newly configured District 2.

It’s a certainty the Verde Valley will have local representation in the new District 3. If we’re lucky, longtime Supervisor Chip Davis will again seek that office. But, realizing the potential 4-1 Prescott-weighted deck of cards he will be dealt, who could blame Davis if he calls it a career and moves on.

The Yavapai County dividing line between Prescott and the Verde Valley is even more pronounced when you look at the new state legislative districts. Here, the Verde Valley, in effect, divorced itself from Prescott and hopped in the political sack with Flagstaff in the newly created Legislative District 6. Prescott finds itself in the new District 14 with Anthem, Carefree and New River. Already, the current Prescott-based incumbents are voicing fears that they are now in an urbanized legislative district. It almost makes you think these new lines were purposely drawn to render Prescott’s two main power brokers -- House Speaker Andy Tobin and Senate President Steve Pierce -- politically impotent.

“I believe this definitely is going to divide our county again,” said Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott. The new Legislative District 6 officials will likely be from Coconino County, and “they do not understand the water issues of the Big Chino and Verde River,” she said.

Hmmmmm. For years, a lot of folks in the Verde Valley have said it’s the Prescott folks who “do not understand the water issues of the Big Chino and Verde River.”

At the Congressional level, the divided house syndrome continues with Camp Verde, Lake Montezuma, the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona in Congressional District 1 with Flagstaff. The rest of the Verde Valley joins Prescott and the remainder of the county in Congressional District 4 with parts of Maricopa (including Apache Junction), Gila, Pinal (including Florence), Mohave, La Paz and Yuma counties.

The political landscape of the Verde Valley and the entire county has shifted dramatically. It’s time to forge new political alliances.

Let the games begin.

Related Stories:
• Redistricting process splits Yavapai County
• Redistricting Commission adopts congressional maps amid controversy

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Police soon will have one more reason to pull you over (4526 views)

•   What's hot in Verde Valley job market? (2837 views)

•   Cornville man charged with child molestation seeks plea (2761 views)

•   Motorcycle rider suffers head injuries in crash (2120 views)

•   Seasonal warning: never leave dog in parked car (2084 views)

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Cottonwood, AZ
Click for weather forecast

Submission Links
 •  Submit your feedback about our site

Find It Features Blogs Celebrate Submit Extras Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place Ad | Galleries | Kudos | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | e-News | RSS | Site Map | Find Verde Jobs | Contact Us
© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Verde Independent is the information source for Cottonwood and Verde Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Verde News Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, verdenews.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Verde News Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved