New map approved by supervisors puts Golden Valley in Sockwell's district

Golden Valley residents will not have Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson of District 3 to kick around anymore as of March 1.

Johnson and Supervisor Peter Byers of District 1 voted Monday to approve redrawn maps that placed Golden Valley and neighboring Sacramento Valley within the district of Supervisor Tom Sockwell of District 2.

The supervisors approved the new boundaries to reflect changes in population under the 2000 federal census.

The plan also removes Chloride, Dolan Springs and White Hills from Sockwell's district and places the communities within Byers' jurisdiction.

Sockwell, of Bullhead City, said he voted against Plan A because he said he favored Plan B, which would have extended his district south to Interstate 40 while retaining Golden and Sacramento valleys in District 3.

"Well, I still feel like Plan B for the people around the (Colorado) river, it would be more beneficial for them," Sockwell said after the meeting.

"Plan B would have taken me down to I-40 and plan A cuts off the Bermuda City area of the Mohave Valley.

I just kind of stuck with my guns.

I guess the people in Golden Valley want me to be their supervisor."

Golden Valley activist Bob Holsinger, who unsuccessfully lobbied the board to place his community within District 1, said he could live with the decision.

"My God, we finally got rid of Johnson," Holsinger said after the meeting.

"Given the facts of the case, we got as good as we could get."

Asked about the loss of Golden Valley, Johnson said, "It's for the future.

I think they have more in common with Bullhead because they go there more" than to Lake Havasu City.

Johnson, of Lake Havasu City, is unpopular in Golden Valley because of his support for the Griffith Energy Project and the Mohave County Economic Development Authority, which has backed the power plant and other controversial industries.

Byers, of Kingman, said afterward that one of the reasons for him approving Plan A is that Golden Shores resident Margaret Orr presented a petition calling for her community to remain within District 3.

He said he will pick up about 250 square miles with the addition of Chloride, Dolan Springs and White Hills.

Byers said the supervisors narrowed the plans under consideration from five prepared by Election Director Brad Nelson to two because "all of them were pretty similar."

With the redrawn boundaries, each supervisor will represent roughly 51,000 residents, Byers said.

The county's population rose from 93,497 on April 1, 1990, to 155,032 on April 1, 2000, according to census data released in March.

The census data showed population breakdowns of 47,815 in District 1, 52,502 in District 2 and 54,715 in District 3.