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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: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: Brother Justin

Citizen Fried,

Your ego is writing checks your body can't cash.

If somehow you are elected, you are still only 1/5 of the board. How are you going to make the other 4/5 vote to approve your changes?


Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: az mac

You have my vote Mervin. We need more like you in office.

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: Walter Kessler

The title say it all - just say No- to Mervin Fried. It is apparent that he needs a job, after all he quit his because he thought he was going to jail. Why would the voters of District 4 be the stimulus to any of the canidates that are desperate for a job and need to make up the lost real estate commission. Why? Mr. Fried it has been apparent that you and others have an agenda. Well I can honrestly say this check book is closed to you and the other canidates running for Supervisor in District 4. Better begin to tweek your resume, you sir will need all the help you can get. I did understand the "pitchfork" but the language on the T-shirt was a bit too much. Your 15 minutes of fame has ended.

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: no no

This man has no comon sense ,and cannot give pacifics on anything but he does have a bad temper, talk about some one who would not belong .

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: Good Bye

Say yes to crazy!

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: I am just saying No - WAY!

Is this the guy that brought a pitchfork to a public meeting and who wore the F-word t-shirt and was arrested and is suing the county? What kind of place is this? Where is Jerry Springer? You want us to elect a guy who is like this? NO WAY! No wonder the rest of the state has such a low opinion of us. I am embarrassed for Mohave County and the other candidates that have to run against this person. Go away!

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: Jack Shepherd

Fred might be getting a bum rap becuase he is standing up to status of todays burecrate quiksand that sucks you in and then the red tape comes out. Favorites of the city have no trouble getting their foot in the door. I was once denied a buisness licences three times becuase I was associated with a local buisness that was not liked by the city. Or thats what the clreck told me. I did not read Susan asking the candidates the same questions. Favorers go a long way in reporting also.


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