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8/23/2012 6:00:00 AM
Fried's pitch: Just say 'No'
Mervin Fried
Mervin Fried

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


Mervin Fried, Mohave County's "pitchfork man," is pitching a campaign of "no."

No tax increases, no new regulations, no more security guards, no more dress code, no more public information officer and no more big government.

He's also pitching a "yes" campaign for more jobs and a return of Call to the Public.

However, Fried's plan is light on the details.

He said the county didn't need another economic development committee.

"The best advertising is word of mouth. I would make sure that local businesses are treated fairly and make it easier for businesses to come here," Fried said.

When asked how he would make the process easier for new businesses, Fried responded that he would take a hard look at the County's Planning and Zoning Department and cut regulations to make it easier for businesses to move in.

"I want to clear some of the hurdles out of the way. There's a lot of businesses that want to move. I want them to take a good look at Mohave County."

However, Fried couldn't name which regulations he would cut.

He also said he was not in favor of giving tax breaks to entice businesses to move to Mohave County.

"I think we need to keep taxes low across the board," Fried said. "Taxes need to be taken a look at, especially with the past inflation of land values."

It wasn't fair that each resident had to go into the county assessor's office to petition to have their property reassessed in order to get their property taxes lowered, he said. If your neighbor's property taxes are reduced and you have a similar property, your taxes should be reduced as well.

Fried also plans to take on the county's dress code and security policies. The county currently prohibits campaigning or politicking on county property. It also requires people attending Board of Supervisors meetings to be dressed neatly in clean clothes that do not have profanity printed on them. Hats and guns are also prohibited in the building.

"If I can protest at the state Capitol, I should be able to protest at the county," he said.

If he was elected, Fried said he would have no problem with someone coming to a Board of Supervisor with a T-shirt similar to the one he was wearing when he was arrested for trespassing last year.

"People have the right to express themselves," he said.

However, he would prohibit T-shirts that carried personal attacks on members of the public or county. Violators would be politely asked to change or leave.

He would also reinstate the Call to the Public at Board meetings.

"I don't know everything. I think it's great to get fresh ideas. The county should welcome public input," Fried said.

Visitors who yelled, shouted or made a scene would also be escorted out of the building if they refused to settle down.

He would also eliminate the position of the county public information director.

"The press and the citizens should have access to everything," Fried said.

and make it easier for businesses to come here," Fried said.

When asked how he would make the process easier for new businesses, Fried responded that he would take a hard look at the County's Planning and Zoning Department and cut regulations to make it easier for businesses to move in.

"I want to clear some of the hurdles out of the way. There's a lot of businesses that want to move. I want them to take a good look at Mohave County."

However, Fried couldn't name which regulations he would cut.

He also said he was not in favor of giving tax breaks to entice businesses to move to Mohave County.

"I think we need to keep taxes low across the board," Fried said. "Taxes need to be taken a look at, especially with the past inflation of land values."

It wasn't fair that each resident had to go into the county assessor's office to petition to have their property reassessed in order to get their property taxes lowered, he said. If your neighbor's property taxes are reduced and you have a similar property, your taxes should be reduced as well.

Fried also plans to take on the county's dress code and security policies. The county currently prohibits campaigning or politicking on county property. It also requires people attending Board of Supervisors meetings to be dressed neatly in clean clothes that do not have profanity printed on them. Hats and guns are also prohibited in the building.

"If I can protest at the state Capitol, I should be able to protest at the county," he said.

If he was elected, Fried said he would have no problem with someone coming to a Board of Supervisor with a T-shirt similar to the one he was wearing when he was arrested for trespassing last year.

"People have the right to express themselves," he said.

However, he would prohibit T-shirts that carried personal attacks on members of the public or county. Violators would be politely asked to change or leave.

He would also reinstate the Call to the Public at Board meetings.

"I don't know everything. I think it's great to get fresh ideas. The county should welcome public input," Fried said.

Visitors who yelled, shouted or made a scene would also be escorted out of the building if they refused to settle down.

He would also eliminate the position of the county public information director.

"The press and the citizens should have access to everything," Fried said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Article comment by: Gregg Carvel

Mr. Mervin Fried . . . you got to know when to hold and know when to fold em . . . take care G.

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2012
Article comment by: Jim Consolato

Let's face it, the real quality of a candidate lies in transparent love of the people and enough principle to stand up for that. You take Mr. Fried and make him Captain on a sinking ship and he would ride it out to the bottom while the likes of the current rats we have in office would have long since jumped ship. I will take Fried's creativity and ability to think outside the box as a major assets rather than be tied with a million status quo taboo strings. You want some change, vote for Mervin He can work as a team player with an entire new BOS.

Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Article comment by: Eddie Grebe

@ No No
Try Specifics, not "pacifics"


Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2012
Article comment by: Tommy DeVito

@Flintstones meet the Flintstones

It does, that's him!


Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

This fellow reminds me of Joe the Plumber who turned out to be no Plumber! I think his pirchfork and other antics is humorous in a way and if he is some dangerous person he has a ready made weapon to vent his anger when in a public place should he decide to go postal!

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Am I the only one who wonders if all these wanna-be politicians simply need employment and the job market being what it is, seek a possible government pay check? I know I am always amused at our congressmen, senators preaching about entitlements, government employee excesses but do they not realize they are government tax paid employees? This fellow and his bald head and pitchfork is amusing but not much else!

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: Flintstones meet the Flintstones

Paint him green and he looks like Gazzo from the Flinstones cartoons. Oh Gazoo Oh. Great Gazoo!

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: David Rogers

Just another Republican that say no. No prosperity no jobs for middle class Americans. Just another failure in Arizona politics.

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: Just Say No to Fried

His antics surely were to get attention. He lost his case, which was justified. He lacked respect for himself by being so obnoxious. He did not get a bad rap, he antagonized those in authority. He does not show leadership or integrity to hold an elected office. JUST SAY NO TO FRIED

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: With Decorum . . . Of Course

@ KM Z --

"So, who, exactly, is going to escort these individuals out?????", you ask.

If elected, what if Mr. Fried kept his trusty pitchfork at the ready to remove that rowdy public from the chambers. I bet he would have to arm wrestle Sockwell for "First Scoop Rights".


Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: Maybe in Alice's Wonderland!

Mervin attended a Golden Valley Fire District Board Meeting last spring. The Fire Board, with frugal management and delayed capital expenditures had a $4 Million in the Capital Fund and Contingency Fund accounts The question before the Board involved future plans and what to do with this money. Mervin's answer? "Just give all the money back to the people!! :-| ) Nice try Mervin but you would vote to burn down the fire station to give them practice!

Funny thing is, he doesn't even live in Golden Valley! But his simplistic answers, display a profound lack of understanding about government operation. Quitting a job in this economy indicates poor judgment. He's not qualified to be a Supervisor.


Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

"... and he carries a pitchfork around to make his point."

And what is wrong with that? I suggest you Google "McCain +Carry Pitchfork" to see where sad Lil Jonh McCain told the TeeHee's to show up at the nations capitol lugging pitchforks.


Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: Freedom Lover

I think this Country needs to stop strangling our freedom. My vote is for Ron Paul as chief, and Mr. Pitchfork to look out for Mohave County. We all know the current B.O.S. needs a shakup? What better way to send a message, than to send a pationate patriot, constitutional loving, red blooded American.

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: Don't Need No Stinkin' Security Guards

To KM Z:

If Fried's elected, who needs security guards? Fried himself will be there to escort unruly visitors out at the point of a pitchfork.


Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: KM Z

OK, somebody explain this to me:
"Visitors who yelled, shouted or made a scene would also be escorted out of the building if they refused to settle down."
But in the first paragraph, it was reported "no more security guards". So, who, exactly, is going to escort these individuals out?????



Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: go, Mervin .....

After having Kingman's criminal government use every underhanded effort you probably don't even imagine at me, Mervin Fried hasn't committed half the outrages which are due. Most of you aren't fit to wipe his shoes. I was hoping he would wear his shirt into a large local church's prayer meeting. That might awaken them from la-la land, except the prayer meeting is run by a cop. I DID say la-la land.....

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

So...I can wear a T-shirt that says "F the Board" if he gets his way? That's not personal is it?

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: Old and Tired Act

Fried's act is getting a little old. Okay, we understand that he's against just about everything in the world, that he loves publicity, and he carries a pitchfork around to make his point. Anything new here?

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: David Gaither

Call him a crackpot if you like, but he is the only candidate that took the time and effort to walk and talk to our entire neighborhood and many other neighborhoods, too. No other candidate wanted to take the effort for our vote! Rather they throw up a few signs and that's supposed to convince me that they care about us!

He is actually a very intelligent person and has a good grasp of the issues. Many that post here have called for a break up of the "good 'ole boy" group...well this man will put forth the effort to do just that. So, you who want the "good 'ole boy" network broken up....put up or shut up!


Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: just a fact

Two questions. 1. If elected, would you have your trusty pitchfork beside you at the BOS meetings? 2. Would you be wearing a suit or a t-shirt that says, "f*** the taxes," in order to express yourself?

You, sir, are a joke and the Miner doesn't need a new keyboard. They just need Ms. Adams to read what she has written so it doesn't get written twice.



Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: KO TAY

Its not crazy to fight back. It is crazy that you haters dont have the guts. You have my vote.

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: R .

I will not donate money to this individuals political fund but I will however donate for Narcissistic Grandiose Personality Disorder research in his honor. Let's find a cure and help this man!

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: What Ever His Reason Is, It is Unacceptable to This Voter.

Are the voters so disqusted with those in office that they will vote for anyone who is anti - anti-establishment, anti-government, anti-status quo, anti-existing procedures, anti-everything?

Voting for this guy is insane.

We must be able to sit down, talk with each other in a civilized way, have a sincere desire to better our communtiy. I don't think this man has ever demonstrated that.


Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: objective from beginning

This is the first article I've read since a 25 day break from local news.

My first impression. I guess "I" was right the first time I saw Mr. Frieds name in our little paper. He's going to push this issue into a political career.

Everything Ive read containing his name backs up my original impression. The seeds were being planted deeper. His Name was beginning to become "common" in peoples thoughts.

Add in a few well planned antics all based from his first. Resurrecting the colonial use of a pitchfork to protest "pitching" loads of taxes . He arrives ready to be photographed. After that getting photos or a mention in the paper became easy.

Now here we are. Mr Frieds is pitching a campain of NO, NO, and No on everything he can think of or saying anything that will bring him "airtime".

Like with any politician I agree with some of his issues. Some I think are ridiculous. I dont vote by any party loyality. I vote for the person that makes the best sence. Backed by experience is a must.

So Mr Fried. You are reaping what you have sown.

Now you have to sell the crop. With a vauge platform and barking No all the time. I have to doubt the goods you are trying to sell me.

One final thought. Over the last 30 years Mohave county has grown from "outsiders" that by now may have supassed the local numbers.

What Im saying is many people living here now want to say yes to some of things you shout no act.


Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: Get the Editor a New Keyboard

Having to read this drivel once is bad enough, then the editor's copy and paste button is still broke from the Sunday afternoon TV Guide snafu. So we get a "let's repeat, so they all understand" approach to quality news editing.

I would truly offer to buy y'all a new keyboard if I thought for a minute it would really help . . . Naaaw.



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