KINGMAN - One candidate facing off against current Mohave County Board of Supervisor Chairwoman Jean Bishop is peeved about government spending.
Golden Valley Republican Rick Armstrong is looking to fill Bishop's District 4 supervisor spot and he's headstrong about not wasting tax dollars.
Armstrong, manager of Superior Tires on Highway 68 in Golden Valley, along with his wife and kids, have been Mohave County residents for 15 years. He's served in both the U.S. Army and Navy. He's also a member of the Northern Arizona Militia, Oath Keepers and Neighborhood Watch.
Out of control spending is what forced him to run for office. It's his biggest priority and he feels put off by the board.
"When I would ask (Bishop) why she voted a certain way on taxes or spending, I would either be ignored or told I just don't understand," he said. "This is unacceptable."
He said he was told by Bishop if he didn't like the way things were going, he should run for office. So now he is.
"I feel you are either part of the problem or part of the solution," he said. "To sit idly by and allow the out of control spending and taxation without justification to continue made me part of the problem. By getting elected and changing the status quo it makes me part of the solution."
He also feels strongly about the issue of dwindling water resources.
"We need to work with the legislators in getting control of our water," he said. "Stop allowing our water aquifers to be drained dry to grow crops, like alfalfa, that are not benefiting the local economy and use a huge amount of water to grow." He said county government is spending millions of unnecessary dollars and the board refuses to find more efficient ways to cut the budget.
Armstrong says Bishop is unrestrained when it comes to spending and has reneged on her promise to look out for the taxpayers.
"She is there to represent us, not lord over us," he said. "Two other supervisors worked hard and got last year's budget down to where there was no need to raise taxes and it was voted down."
Anderson has one plan to distinguish himself from his predecessor.
"I will never vote for a tax increase," he said. "I will be there to represent the people. All tax hikes should be a ballot initiative. After all, it is their money we will be spending."
He said he will answer to his constituents, not just a few special interests.
Monday is the last day to register to vote. Early voting starts Wednesday. The primary election is Aug. 30
For more information on the candidate, visit www.rick4supervisor.com.