Byers will run to keep<BR>supervisors seat

Incumbent District 1 Supervisor Pete Byers announced Wednesday his intention to seek a second term as Mohave County Supervisor in the November election.

Byers said he has organized a committee and will begin collecting signatures.

He said he also plans to meet and greet people in areas that were added to District 1 because of realignment of the three county supervisors districts last year.

District 1, which has 52,000 to 55,000 people, takes in the Kingman area, the Hualapai Mountains, the Arizona Strip, the area from Meadview east to Peach Springs, Truxton and Hackberry and as far south as Wikieup and Nothing, Ariz.

New areas added to the district include Chloride, Dolan Springs and White Hills.

"This has been the hardest job, the most demanding, the most challenging, but it has also been the most exciting and rewarding," Byers, a Republican, said of his three years in office.

Byers, a Kingman resident, said he will continue plans to complete the new county building while maintaining a "good stable budget, continuing the trend to spend less than we take in, and to follow the county business plan that is in place without raising taxes."

He added that for the past three years the county has spent less then it has taken in.

"We have invested in our employees, equipment, vehicles, computers, etc., and have raised the level of service with almost the same amount of employees as three years ago, with 5 percent or more growth in population in each of the last 10 years," he said.

According to the Arizona Tax Research Association, the county budget general fund increased 3 percent during fiscal 2003, which was below the statewide average, Byers said, while the county completed the new sheriff's office building with plans to build court buildings in Moccasin in the Arizona Strip and Bullhead City.

One of Byers' pet peeves is trash in the county, and he will continue to push for trash pick-ups throughout his district and work against illegal trash dumpers.

Keeping the county seat in Kingman has also been a challenge, he said, and one of his major accomplishments.

He said he hopes to have less dissention with a new board of supervisors.

"My goal is to work to get along with the new board and to plan a coordinated strategy to continue to build stronger communities," he said.

Three District 1 candidates, who have filed statement of organization forms with the Mohave County Elections Department, intend to unseat Byers from the board.

The committee to elect Kingman resident Richard Basinger for District 1 supervisor has filed a statement of organization with the election department.

Another candidate, Kingman resident Ken Dunn, is listed as a Democrat on a State of Arizona $500 Threshold Exemption Statement, which states the candidate's committee intends to receive or spend less than $500 on the campaign.

The redistricting allows Dolan Springs resident John Ford to also seek the District 1 seat.

John Mershon, Sr., listed as Ford's committee officer, also filed a $500 threshold exemption statement.

Byers said he welcomes the competition.

"I hope there's lots more (candidates)," he said.

"There were seven candidates in the last election.

The more the merrier."

Byers said when he ran for the office in 2000 he raised $23,000.

"If I need to I will raise as much as I have to, to compete," he said.

"It is unfortunate, but that is the way it is."

Byers, 61, lived in Peach Springs from 1953 to 1975, riding a bus into Kingman to attend high school, where he played football and basketball.

He attended Northern Arizona University and in 1975 moved to Kingman.

Before Byers became a supervisor he was a storeowner and was involved in a real estate business.

Byers was on the Peach Springs School Board when the first major public school was built in 1965 and has been on the Kingman Planning and Zoning Commission and the Kingman Park and Recreation Commission.

He was also the president of the Kingman Rotary Club and the Board of Realtors as well as a 40-year member of the Elks Club, an 11-year member of Mohave Electric Cooperative Inc.

and a two-year member of the Arizona Electric Power Cooperative.

On Jan.

1 Byers married his longtime friend Patty, who works at the Mohave County Attorney's Office.