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Building on 2012 Strength to Elect Democratic Governor
With the second inauguration of President Obama, Navajo County Democrats have much to be thankful for: a strong Democratic president, a Democratic Congresswoman and good Democratic leadership in the key posts of county government. We will need to build on that strength to elect a Democratic governor and Democratic Legislature in 2014.
I am especially proud of the strength and unity shown by the White Mountain Apaches who voted 94% for Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and provided her with nearly half of her overall margin of victory of 7,000 votes. Having just moved from a leadership role in the White Mountain Democrats to the position of county chairman, I look forward to having more opportunity to work with our Navajo and Hopi neighbors in the next election.
Native empowerment will be one of the building blocks toward success with the gubernatorial election in 2014. My belief is that Native Americans will increase participation in non-tribal elections if government listens to them and addresses their issues. It certainly helps to have strong Native candidates on the ballot.
In addition to Native Empowerment, I want the county party to provide leadership on education, environmental issues and economic development. In particular, I will be working with County Supervisor Dawnafe Whitesinger and others to bring clean high-tech jobs to our county. There is a trend to “in-source” programming jobs that were formerly “out-sourced” to India. We want to make sure we have the skill sets and infrastructure in our high unemployment communities to tap into this trend. It won’t be easy, but we have everything we need for success. Also, cooperation between the reservation and off-reservation communities can build our tourism and recreation industry, with the amazing potential of cultural, historic and natural resources like Monument Valley, the Hopi Mesas, the Petrified Forest, the White Mountains and Geronimo’s Village.
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I’d like to thank Eli Blake for his service as county chairman, and also to thank him for continuing as vice chairman of the county committee. Eduardo Coronado is our new treasurer and Brenda Manthei or Winslow will continue as secretary.
In addition to those officers, the Navajo County delegation to the State Committee will include Allan Affeldt of Winslow, Robert Bumgardner of Pinetop, Sheryl Eaton of Lakeside, Holly Hanson of Lakeside, Jerome Helm of Pinetop and Prescott Winslow of Winslow. We are still looking for a second vice chairman, especially hoping to recruit from the Navajo or Hopi Reservation.
I would also like to congratulate Sheryl Eaton on her election as president of the White Mountain Democrats and look forward to the re-organization of the Little Colorado club in a meeting at La Posada in Winslow at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Fred Duval, who is considering a run for governor, will address the group at 3 p.m.
Arizona is turning blue and strong voter registration and turnout in Navajo County can help to get us there sooner rather than later. Thank you for your hard work in the recent election and I look forward to working with all of you in the future.
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