Local resident vows to keep tabs on Mahon<BR>
With the goal of targeting illegal Mexican immigration in Arizona, Dennis Mahon, one of the national leaders of the White Aryan Resistance, has made it known he plans to move to Mohave County.
The 50-year-old white supremacist is expected to reside first in Gilbert, located on the outskirts of Phoenix, before moving on to the Kingman area.
One longtime Kingman resident who plans to make sure Mahon and his followers are kept in check if he moves to the county is Matt Capalby.
Capalby recently ran unsuccessfully for the state House of Representatives for District 2 and currently works for Mohave Educational Services Cooperative.
Capalby, with help from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nationwide organization that keeps track of hate groups, plans to form a human relations commission made up of civic, tribal, and religious leaders along with the county attorney's office and local law enforcement agencies that would take a proactive step to counter Mahon and his followers.
After the aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, Capalby tried forming a similar human rights commission, but the county Board of Supervisors, with budget cuts in mind, turned the idea down.
"The cost would be minimal compared to the impact of lost economic and tourist money if this guy gets a foothold and creates a haven for hate," Capalby said.
"These types of people are like cockroaches.
You shine a light on them and they scatter into the woodwork."
The commission would be there to meet the needs of minorities and other victims of racial threats.
He said he has seen a population growth in the Hispanic, Jewish and Muslim communities, especially in the communities along the Colorado River area.
"We want to make sure these groups have a voice," he said.
"We'd identify the problem and take steps to deal with it.
We don't want to impede on his (Mahon) civil liberties.
But we don't want him to be a detriment to Mohave County either."
Capalby said the commission would be based on similar successful groups in other counties in the state.
The commission could also make its presence felt at schools, fairs, festivals and other community events.
The group could alternate meetings between Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City.
Capalby, who grew up in Kingman, believes there is more racist, anti-government activity in the area than in the past.
He has seen less interaction with different racial groups and more "unintentional" integration with the area's population growth.