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7/24/2012 10:00:00 PM
Meet the District 4 candidates: William Blankemeier

Name: William Blankemeier

Age: 50

Party: Republican

Running in: District 4

Years in Yavapai County: 13

Occupation: Yavapai County health inspector

Political experience: None

Why he wants to be on the board:

"One of my strengths is the fact that I am not a career politician," he said. "Everybody says we need the 'average Joe' running for office."

Top issues Supervisors must address:

Water management is a priority, and he sees economic development as a part of that.

"There are a lot of low-water-use businesses out there that would be very advantageous, like warehouses," Blankemeier said, adding that "You could have FedEx or UPS warehouses, because we're right in between I-40 and I-17, and there's very low water use in businesses like that."

He said he would work to bring more industry to his district. "I think if you're not going forward, you're going backward and I think it's a priority to get some commerce and some business going northbound," to balance what he sees as job growth efforts in and around Prescott Valley.

He said roads play a vital role in that economic development as well: "When you're an outsider looking in, and you come here, the first thing you look for is...what type of access do I have?" Blankemeier said, " so I think you get a lot of benefit by establishing roads. Where there are roads, there is growth."

Blankemeier said he thinks it is time to weed out unnecessary regulations. "I believe in a sundown clause" on laws, he said. "A lot of times, the county regulations, when these things are implemented, they never get revisited or eliminated.

"We should revisit laws that were created in 2006, when the economy was different," he said. "When issues aren't revisited, it's a one-size-fits-nobody policy."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Voter

I find it very troubling as a taxpayer, that this candidate can put up campaign signs, flyers and campaign on the county's time clock, with the county vehicle. The very county that he is trying to be elected into. I have seen him, myself at local restaurants. I have to think that the owners of the restaurants feel obligated to support him, due to his current job description. Now ask yourself is this ethical and a person you would trust with your tax dollars? Not me!!

Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Water smart and bringing in business is smarter than building thousands of homes which translates into Millions of gallons of NEW water required forever!

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