Candidates answer questions at meet-and-greet
BULLHEAD CITY — As the only candidate for a federal office at Tuesday night’s meet-and-greet sponsored by the Mohave County Democratic Central Committee, David Brill was nearly as much a spectator as he was a participant.
Candidates for other state and local offices discussed a wide variety of topics, including the Colorado River Union High School District’s Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse and Arizona’s Proposition 127 mandating an increased emphasis on renewable energy.
“I’m running against Congressman (Paul) Gosar,” Brill said during a brief self-introduction at Chaparral Country Club, adding that Gosar was “a candidate only his mother could love.”
It was a not-so-veiled reference to an advertisement that shows six of Gosar’s siblings endorsing Brill in the Nov. 6 election for the 4th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Other candidates on hand included Mary McCord-Robinson, running for the District 5 seat in the Arizona House of Representatives; J’Aime Morgaine, a candidate for the Distict 5 seat in the Arizona Senate; and two candidates in the nonpartisan CRUHSD Board election, Royanne Ortiz and Eva Corbett.
Kathy Hoffman, candidate for the state superintendent of schools, and Kiana Maria Sears, running for the Arizona Corporation Commission, had a representative at the informal event.
Ortiz, District II director of the Mohave County Republican Central Committee, and Corbett, also an active Republican, took the opportunity to answer questions in front of a receptive audience.
In fact, the first question of the night was aimed at Ortiz concerning the fieldhouse under construction near the Mohave Crossroads shopping center.
“It’s hard to know what’s going on in the background,” Ortiz said. “There’s a desperate need for transparency.”
She said she plans to suggest — as a member of the public — a citizens committee be formed to help the district board provide direction for the project.
“It’s a citizens bond,” she said of the $34 million bond issue passed by voters. “And they ought to know what’s going on.”
Later, Corbett added, “I did not vote for the fieldhouse but I will support it now. It’s here.”
She said it is up to the board to make sure it is managed and marketed properly.
Most of the candidates — the Democrats running for offices at the state level — voiced support for Proposition 127.
“It’s not perfect either way,” said McCord-Robinson. “But we have to start at some point.”
She said it was vital for Arizona to be proactive in the quest for renewable energy, specifically solar and wind. Morgaine agreed.
“It’s not a ‘should we’ or ‘when we have to’ ” decision, Morgaine said. “It’s not an issue of if, but when.”
Morgaine and McCord-Robinson pointed out how outnumbered they feel Mohave County (and La Paz County) are in “the State of Maricopa.”
“We have three votes (two 5th District House members and one senator),” Morgaine said, adding that Maricopa County has 10 districts for 20 representatives and 10 senators.
Brill did field a question about environmental issues, specifically on regulations.
“I stand for good process,” he said, after reminding the audience that he has a master’s degree in environmental science. “I stand for a middle path ... Transparency.”
He said he would not embrace opening the Grand Canyon to uranium mining, something he said his opponent has supported.
“We don’t want uranium in the Colorado River,” he said.
“My top priority in going to Washington ... work together instead of fighting all the time,” he said.