Thursday, September 15, 2011
Exciting times are heading toward Mohave County


Butch Meriwether
Butch's Brew

It's an exciting time for Mohave County and its residents. Even though we are only a little past the halfway point of 2011, the 2012 elections are looming and are being talked about around town.

Republicans, Democrats, Independents and other lesser parties are vying themselves into position in hopes of attracting the attention of registered voters.

Most notably are the Republicans who are now on a fast track by filling their papers placing themselves into the running for various elected positions.

Even though the Republicans are "full steam ahead," not much has come from within the various other political parties.

I'm beginning to wonder if they are adopting a wait-and-see attitude or they just can't figure out who they want to represent their party by putting them up against the incumbents and/or others who are now committed on running.

I want to say it was very nice being able to see the many people at this month's Kingman Republican Forum whom I chat with via emails and on the Facebook communities such as Mohave County Folks (darn I love that name - it sounds so down home) and my Facebook account.

From what I understand, a record number attended Wednesday's forum that was held at the Kingman Elks Lodge.

However what disappointed me was, except for Keith Walker, there were no other current locally-elected officials who attended the forum.

It would have also been nice to see those currently serving in the various elected positions within the cities of Kingman, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City in addition to Mohave County government, to show up so everyone would know they too care what is going on within our county and Arizona.

I did forget to mention there was actually one other person who is currently serving a four-year elected term at Wednesday's forum and that was the keynote speaker Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne who presented highlights of what he is working on and the progress on certain cases.

I know some of the prospective Republican Mohave County Supervisor candidates have already turned in their paperwork making it official for their "run for the office," but some others are still procrastinating under the guise of an "exploratory adventure."

For those who have actually committed, turned in your paperwork and have announced, I say kudos to you.

Remember the old saying and that's, "S*@# (I think you can figure out the prior word without too much problem) or get off the pot."

If you are intending to run for one of the county supervisor spots or another elected position within Mohave County or one of three cities and you believe you have something to offer, then JUST DO IT; get those papers filled out and turned in. Let it be known that you are willing to spend your valuable time serving the people in one of the three major cities in the county and/or Mohave County itself.

The 2012 election appears to be unfolding into what is a quite interesting time for the political arena with, more than likely, the incumbents running even though they too haven't officially announced their reelection bid for their office, and the hordes (just joking) of people seeking to dethrone the incumbents.

And of course it is exciting that our county and its residents will now have two more supervisors bringing the total to five, who hopefully, will represent the best interests of the people and the county as a whole.

I look forward to the verbal jousting of the incumbents and those who desire to take their place as one of the five county supervisors, and those who want to serve in any other elected position that becomes available in 2012.

Hopefully we will have a debate with all of the candidates who are currently serving in office and those who have thrown their hats into the ring.

This is an exciting time for Mohave County.

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