[EDITORIAL] Pinal supervisor endorsements

Casa Grande Dispatch

Three candidates’ names are on the ballot for the District 3 seat on the Pinal County Board of Supervisors: incumbent Democrat David Snider, Republican Steve Miller and independent Robert Almaguer, a former county employee and business owner sure to affect the race in the district, which includes Casa Grande and part of Eloy.

During his time on the Casa Grande City Council — one of the most challenging economic times in the city’s history — Miller was a voice of fiscal responsibility. He thoroughly examined the issues — something he has said he would do at the county level. Miller has ideas about promoting job growth — which Pinal County needs now.

During his two terms on the board, Snider has proven to be a valuable leader and ambassador of Pinal County. He wisely cultivated a mutually beneficial relationship between Casa Grande and AZ Sourcing — the company planning Phoenix Mart. He has worked extensively with Union Pacific Railroad on its plan for a rail classification yard near Red Rock and has an excellent vision for Pinal Airpark’s role in economic development. He held strong this year to get a reduction in the county property tax rate.

Both Snider and Miller are longtime residents of the district, have proven records and strong ideas for the county’s future. They give the voters an excellent choice to make, and we believe they will be able to do that.

In District 1, incumbent Democrat Pete Rios of Dudleyville and Apache Junction is challenged by Republican Gem Gary Cox of Florence and independent Alicia Bristow of Oracle. Rios was a longtime legislator and is a dedicated public servant. He receives our endorsement.

In District 4, Republican former Mayor Anthony Smith of Maricopa faces off with Democrat Henry Wade, also of Maricopa. Both are serious candidates. We believe Smith has the edge because of his track record as mayor.

In District 2, Republican Cheryl Chase of San Tan Valley, a former legislator and aide to Sheriff Paul Babeu, is opposed by Democrat Margo Feldmiller, who got on the ballot through a write-in campaign in the primary. We endorse Chase, who has a long career in public service.

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