Sunday, October 10, 2010

Central Arizona Water Conservation District

Wow, today in The Arizona Republic on the front page, there is a rather disturbing article.

That basically the tea part coalition is charging into the Central Water Conservation board elections:

"Most of the tea-party-backed candidates lack experience in managing natural resources. They are campaigning almost solely on fiscal issues, arguing that the district needs to cut costs, rein in spending and reduce the property taxes levied in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties to support water deliveries in the CAP Canal."

This is incredibly disturbing on so many levels. I understand we want our government operating as efficiently as possible. But isn't it obvious that water management is a government responsibility? Clean, accessible water has to be managed responsibly especially in a desert. We can't play politics with these kind of positions.

In the words of Sharon Megdal:
"'Our board is a nonpartisan board,' said Sharon Megdal, a University of Arizona water researcher who represents Pima County on the board. 'We don't run with any party affiliation, and I think that's for a good reason. The issue of providing reliable water in a responsible manner is not a partisan issue.'"


So, here are some people NOT to vote for. These are people with no relevant experience who are running on a platform of narrow ideology:

    • Cynthia Moulton - a retired nurse

      John Rosado, a retired software engineer

      T.C. Bundy, a business consultant

      Raymond Johnson, an insurance broker

  • This is so disturbing to me.

    So, more importantly, who should you vote for:

    Well, the Arizona Republic has some recommendations.

    Here's some information on Jim Holway.

    I'm not sure who I'll vote for, but now I know who I won't be voting for.

    1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    Add this guy to the "ridiculous candidates that have no business even being on the ballot, let alone being elected" list:

    Mark Lewis

    To save everyone some trouble, if you are looking for someone to tell you the list of people qualified, non partisan, enviromentally and common sense friendly, here are your candidates:

    Sid Wilson
    Jim Holway
    Ray Jones
    Arif Kazmi

    Here is the AZ Republic's writeup which is good: