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5/29/2014 6:00:00 AM
Goodale volunteers for supervisor opening
State representative joins group seeking appointment to take Brotherton's spot
Decision may come Monday
The Mohave County Board of Supervisors will consider nominating a temporary replacement for Supervisor Joy Brotherton at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Mohave County Administration Building auditorium, 700 W. Beale St. Potential candidates for nomination have until then to submit letters of interest to the board for the seat.

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Arizona Rep. Doris Goodale, R-Kingman, announced Wednesday she will not run again this fall for her state seat and instead has asked to be appointed as a short-term replacement for Mohave County Supervisor Joy Brotherton, who died May 19 after fighting a serious blood infection.

Goodale, who lives in District 4, said she was not able to get the required number of registered voter signatures in time to file for reelection because of intense rehabilitation efforts after suffering a stroke Sept. 21 while eating lunch with her sister in Las Vegas. The deadline was 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Mohave County Elections Department.

"My priority is rehabilitating myself to be able to return to the Legislature at some point," said Goodale. "I didn't go out and campaign because I was focused on getting better. In the meantime, I love Mohave County and Arizona, and I feel that serving as a supervisor would be perfect for me right now."

Goodale took office in 2008, and her term expires Dec. 31. She would be eligible to run again for state representative in 2016. Goodale, who is in Phoenix participating in a special session of the Legislature and hopes to be home by this weekend, said she plans to remain in office until the end of the year.

Goodale joined a list of four other District 4 residents seeking nomination by the Mohave County Board of Supervisors to temporarily fill the seat vacated by Brotherton's death. The person selected would serve until Nov. 4, when the general election takes place.

Those seeking nomination by the board were Jean Bishop, Bob Boyd, Curtis Cutshaw and Ted Roper. Boyd, Cutshaw and Roper unsuccessfully ran for the office in 2011. The district includes west Kingman, Golden Valley, Oatman, Chloride, Dolan Springs, Meadview and White Hills.

Nine candidates for the two-year remainder of Brotherton's term filed the required signatures by Wednesday's deadline. They are Republicans Cutshaw, Boyd, Bishop, Al DiCicco, Bill Keller, Jack Pozenel, Travis Lingenfelter and Theodore Brinkofski. Democrat Jack Ehrhardt also filed for the office. The Republican candidates will compete in the Aug. 26 primary, and the winner will face the Democrat in the Nov. 4 general election.

"Joy was a close friend and when she died, I was devastated," said Bishop, a constable for Cerbat Precinct who also worked for the Mohave County Sheriff's office. "I want to carry on the projects she started and create my own. I've always been in the trenches. I was the people's deputy, I am the people's constable and I want to be the people's supervisor."

Mohave County Elections Director Allen Tempert said Republican candidates needed 46 signatures to file, while Democrat candidates had to have 25 signatures. A total of 267 signatures were required from Independents to file. The amount comes from a percentage of the total registered voters in a district, with Republicans and Democrats needing a half of a percent each and Independents needing 3 percent.

As of March 1, there were 9,010 registered Republican voters in District 4, said Tempert. There were 4,861 registered Democrat voters and 8,877 registered Independent voters in that district.

Learning curve

Supervisor Buster Johnson, District 3, said he had heard there were numerous candidates for the open seat and wished them well in their quest. Johnson said any of the candidates who haven't held office before will have a learning curve of about a year as they get used to the job.

"A lot of them come in with preconceived notions," said Johnson. "They don't really know what they're getting into or what's required. They're going to have to balance what their constituents want from them with what the rest of the county needs. They'll have to see the bigger picture and be able to say no to people. And they can't be afraid of criticism."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Article comment by: H Q

I suggest that Mr. Lingenfelter get a real job. One that requires a day's work for a day's pay! Not a taxpayer funded position.

Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew


“So keeping trout at Willow Beach benefits everyone.”

Not me. Don’t fish, don’t care about fish and fishing is a stupid waste of time. I thought “everyone” was against all wasteful government spending? Why not let the private sector handle this instead of the already beleaguered taxpayer?

”And I am involved in many private sector endeavors...”

Wow, a free ad! And I was cautioned about mentioning the titles of my books in my comments. Oh, wait, those are the “rules” that don’t apply to everyone.

Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Article comment by: Travis Lingenfelter

According to AZ Game and Fish, recreational sport fishing contributes $74.5M to Mohave County's regional economy along the Colorado River. Further, the rainbow trout has been a part of that ecosystem for over 50 years. If you suddenly remove it, the ecosystem will see increased predation by Stripers on the endangered fishes. So keeping trout at Willow Beach benefits everyone.

As you know, the Airport Authority is 'first chair' within the Kingman Industrial Park, not Mohave County Economic Development. However, with a staff of only two, we got ISCO Industries. We got Henderson Trucking. We got Scot Industries. We helped the great owners of Stetson Winery get open. We helped Chet Hitt of Topock 66 get his first phase open. We secured a $50k grant to build the County's comprehensive regional economic development website with no county dollars. We facilitated a regional target industry analysis that was recently used in Kingman's General Plan update. Call me, I can give you many other examples.

And I am involved in many private sector endeavors, most notably ownership in a vitamin supplement company called Doctor C. You can purchase at Uptown Drug locations locally. Currently in discussions with a grocery store chain in Denver area to get it on the shelf.

Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"...had a perfectly good elected office that he resigned..."

I don't think the College pays the Board members, do they? Except for expenses I mean?

Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014
Article comment by: District 4 Resident

The Willow Beach Hatchery is the only thing you accomplished for the tax payers? That’s pretty sad.

I suggest you accomplish something on your own in the private sector instead of always being politically rewarded for local Government positions.

Also, the slick (but unappealing) Mohave County Economic Information folders you created last year (which is nothing new based on the first one in 1964) did little to attract manufacturing industries here, nor did it save at least three large manufacturing companies at the Airport Industrial Park from leaving. However, I’m sure you could convince more fast food restaurants to locate here on Stockton Hill Road.

Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014
Article comment by: Frances Perkins

Travis had a perfectly good elected office that he resigned to be the County lobbyist, the MCC board. Why did you quit that and now want another elected office? You did not finish the first one.

Posted: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

Once again, please explain how she can be a Supervisor when she still has time left on her elected term to the Legislature.

Thank you Travis, I consider you an honorable person.

I agree with those saying someone should be appointed who will not run in Nov. Why anyone would want the job is beyond me though, esp if they were happily in retirement or their business. Get ready for mud from all directions.

Posted: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Article comment by: Travis Lingenfelter

To be clear, there was no position created for me. I receive the call to see if I would help after the BOS voted. I knew nothing about it until I spoke to County Administration. The BOS was looking to hire a lobbyist firm to monitor the Legislature. The quotes they received ranged from 30k to 50k+ and I'm proud to say we provided better services for just over $12k.

I also did the majority if research on the Willow Beach Hatchery issue, secured the original USFWS memo of understanding for Hildy. And we saw success. There will be trout.

Further, we need economic development in this County and none of the candidates no economic development as I do. I will get companies and jobs here.

If anyone wants to talk about these issues or any other, call me personally (928) 279-9010 and let's talk. Don't get your info from the blogs. Respectfully.

Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Article comment by: District 4 Resident

Even though I originally voted for Joy Brotherton instead of Ted Roper, unfortunately she finally lost my vote for reelection when she, Moss and Watson created the phony County Lobbyist position for Travis Lingenfelter, which I hope has not been forgotten about.

Also, if the BOS thinks they can fool us by appointing Doris Goodale, then they can expect a recall and a criminal investigation as well by the Arizona Attorney General, just for starters.

Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014
Article comment by: Jim Consolato

This is the biggest insult yet piled upon a trail of insults to the public more visable than the Chem Trail sprayed over all our heads and the nepotism an inbred politics of Mohave County.

Goodale can't get 50 signatures but she wants the law/procedure ignored to appoint her? Darn it, these positions are not just jobs, they require extraordinary service and stamina.

Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014
Article comment by: Do Not Appoint Doris

Doris Goodale does not live in District 4 so how can she be appointed? If she is appointed she should be recalled!

Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014
Article comment by: Catherine Bent

Bob Boyd is best suited to understand the needs of the people of Kingman, Golden Valley, Oatman, Chloride, Dolan Springs, Meadview and White Hills. Bob is a man of integrity who ran in the last election for the District 4 seat. Bob puts his commitment, financial resources, energy and efforts to serving the people of District 4 and Arizona in general. Bob is a family man who understands the people's challenges in finding work and raising a family. Bob loves the people of Arizona. Bob has faced his personal challenges and survived loss to continue serving and building a life. Bob and his late wife were dedicated community volunteers, building up the community, causes for children, seniors, and those in need. Bob has the wisdom and experience to lead District 4 but most of all Bob has the heart to lead District 4 and the hands to work at the grass roots level for the good of the people of Mohave County. Bob Boyd stands up to be counted among the best for Mohave County!

Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

9 candidates in a debate and discussion forum at the county building for all to see before the vote would be nice. I will gladly attend.

Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014
Article comment by: District 4 For the People?

Everytime someone new gets on the BOS Johnson makes the same statement "Get with the program." and the KDM prints this statement like a god has spoken. Johnson should "Get with the program." he is a supervisor for all of Mohave Co. not just Havasu. Goodale needs to step down and get out of the way. She wants to be a temp supervisor because she makes more money and does not have to travel to Phoenix. When are we going to stop electing people because they need a job?

Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014
Article comment by: Carol Ann Rivera-Miller

As a resident of Dolan Springs, I have observed how the Political arena works out here! Experience is good, but familiarity with the people, their lifestyles, their challenges, etc. should be considered. Jean Bishop is the most qualified for this. She has assisted me in a few evictions I have had to endure out here. She was extremely professional, yet personable. She had no problem with seeking out those who should not get the benefit of sliding through the cracks after destroying homes! She has always been anxious to participate in local Parades & has always made herself available for any issues in our district. Let's get a human being in there, who has no political ties. Let's get someone who does have the respect of the people! OR just put the runner up from the last election in.

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Article comment by: Can't Get Elected

She is not qualified to be elected so how about the BOS shoe her in. Isn't that the way it works in MoCo? She can better money here anyway. You all know what I mean.

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Article comment by: @kingman resident -1

My apologizes for the name slip up, seems like most comments made here also agree doris should do her rehabbing in a place that does not involve making decisions that affect other peoples lives.

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Article comment by: experience counts

Some very good candidates, but please pick someone who has experience as an elected official for interim position. Bishop is the only qualified candidate.

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Article comment by: Kingman Resident-1

To "Her own words",
Please, if you are going to quote someone, at least get their name right. Ms. Goodale (Doris) made the quote. And, being a survivor myself, part of rehab is getting back to work even if it's volunteering for something. I see no reason why Doris couldn't fill Joy's shoes until elections. Thank you for your service Ms. Goodale. Stay Strong!!

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Article comment by: Doris Doesn't Live in West Kingman!!!!!!

Doris wasn't able to obtain necessary signatures because of her rehabilitation? All she needed to do was fill out the form & have her friends and supporters circulate them. Here's the real take: 1. the few local Republicans controlling the party here told her the time was now to get a younger more fit Republican to take that office while the Republican party controls this area. 2. Her health is more serious and her physical limitations would lead to her defeat. 3. She's asking for BOS appointment because she doesn't have to win the voters given her physical limitations problem. The supervisors and she consider themselves friends. She figures she will remain in the public's eye & her physical rehabilitation will allow her to be a serious candidate the next time around for the house or even a higher office.

You know how it is - even though these offices don't pay much, it's the contacts you make. And once these folks taste the sweet nectar of elected office they just don't want to leave.

I'll bet a dime to a dollar the BOS will appoint their friend and fellow Republican Doris. Just wonder if she took the time to write a letter of interest that was required. Oh heck why such technicality when we're talking friend and fellow Republican.

Also Doris' home is in EAST KINGMAN.

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

What Precinct Committeeman and County Supervisor Candidate lives in Golden Valley and has been working with the community and Economic Development to try and get a grocery store in the valley? Al DiCicco.

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Article comment by: H Q

As residents in the 4th district both my husband. & I urge the BOS not to consider Goodale for endless reasons.

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Article comment by: Does He Want Status Quo?

While I admire Supervisor Johnson's candidness, he does come-off as a bit affraid of people who might rock the boat.

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Article comment by: L J

Serving as a supervisor would be prefect for her? No regard for what would be good for us the people in the 4th district. She failed to obtain the necessary signatures for the legislature so she feels no problem she'll just step in and get a seat on the BOS?

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Article comment by: Sounds Like The Game Is Rigged

Honest question: Why do Independant candidates need such a higher percentage of signatures to qualify? Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen.

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