KINGMAN – Saturday afternoon was full of Arizona politicians running for office this year, and many of them have stopped in Kingman to greet Kingmanites during their political races.
Ken Bennett is running for governor and he stopped in the Hualapais Saturday afternoon for the 74th annual Mohave County Republican Party Picnic.
Bennett told the crowd he is running under the Republican Party, which means his opponent is the incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey. He is running for office because he believes there hasn’t been enough transparency coming from the capitol.
“The truth matters and I think in some critical areas we’re not being told the truth,” Bennett said. “I don’t say that lightly and I don’t say that disrespectfully.”
Bennett brought up an example of how the truth isn’t fully being told to the people of Arizona. He mentioned how the state told the citizens of Arizona that the budgets were balanced, but the debt of the state has gone up the last four years.
“The total debt of the state of Arizona has gone up by $1 billion during the last four years. The governor may tell you that some parts of our debt has gone down, but the total state debt has gone up,” Bennett said.
Bennett brought up the Proposition 123 fiasco that tapped into the public school land trust, which was supposedly going to provide $3.5 billion in funding for schools over the course of 10 years.
“We were told that most of it was going to go towards the teachers. There’s no evidence in that,” Bennett said. “We were told that they wouldn’t take any money out of the principal of the state trust fund. The first year after they passed it, they took $170 million out of the principal trust fund.”
Bennett ended his speech with saying he is in support of President Donald Trump, building the wall and if people want to come into our country they must come in through the front door.
“You don’t sneak in the back door … you should not be allowed to cut in front of the line, in front of other people who have been doing it the right way,” Bennett said.
Bennett is from Prescott and has been a businessman for 35 years, served in the state legislature, has been the president of the Arizona state senate for four years, and six years as secretary of state. He is also running as a Citizens Clean Elections Commission candidate.