KINGMAN – Mohave County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Jean Bishop will be running for a second term – her first full term – on the board for District 4. The former patrol sergeant and constable was appointed to former Supervisor Joy Brotherton’s spot after Brotherton died in 2014. She eventually ran for the office and won and is now finishing the remaining two years of Brotherton’s term.
She’s running as a Republican and faces three other Republican challengers: Golden Valley residents Rick Armstrong and Krystal Gabrielson and Kingman resident Mervyn Pitchfork Freedom.
She talked about some of her accomplishments, leading the county, issues affecting the county and the life of an elected official.
Bishop said her greatest accomplishment as a county supervisor is representing the district in a distinguished manner. She worked with board members to creatively shift funds from underutilized departments to avoid raising taxes.
“I also worked closely with our fire districts to provide support to keep these important agencies functioning for the safety of all who reside in our county,” she said.
When it comes to leading the county, Bishop is willing to give her undivided attention. By getting out of her office and making face time with her constituents she’s gathered that roads, water and economic development are some of her future priorities.
“I stay accessible to the constituents of this county to ensure we are steering in the right direction,” she said. “My cell phone is published and I learn more about our needs by visiting community ‘living rooms than I do in the board room.’”
Bishop believes finding revenue to fix or develop infrastructure,. She said security and economic development are critical issues facing the county.
“I believe we need to continue to keep our county government lean and look for ways to reduce costs or create private-public partnerships in order to accomplish this,” she said.
“We also need to look at different ways to fund the business of government. We have relied on property taxes for the majority of our income. This method burdens many families and it does not distribute the responsibility to all who use our infrastructure and services.”
She would promote a shift from property taxes to consumption taxes, placing the responsibility of paying for services on both residents and tourists.
Bishop wanted her challengers to know that holding public office isn’t easy. Private life becomes public and fulfilling obligations to the community can be highly demanding.
“The rewards of public service is in the joy and satisfaction of helping others and making Mohave County a better place now and into the future,” she said. “No one should consider holding this office just to build a resume or obtain a title.”
The primary election is Aug. 30