"I have 23 years' government experience with the City of Prescott and Yavapai County," she said. "I want to try to steer us in the direction we need to go. I want to try to represent the citizens the way they want to be represented."
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Duke said economic development is a priority, but, "the county doesn't provide jobs, it doesn't have an economic development department" to bring businesses here. "It can't provide the incentives needed for businesses to start up," she said, "because (the county) doesn't have the water and sewer infrastructure available; it's the towns and cities that have that."
She said that the county can partner with the towns and cities to promote economic development, and it can "keep the regulation and permitting process as business-friendly as possible to encourage new businesses to come to the area and encourage existing businesses to expand."
Duke said a finding a sustainable water supply for the area will be a critical issue. "I think we need to look at alternate sources of water," she said, such as "macro rainwater harvesting." She said the board needs to try to "influence" state-level agencies to "improve our water problem.
"We need to work on preserving the natural environment and our resources," she said, "such as our open space and wildlife habitat. And protect the flow of the Verde River."
She put a priority on maintaining and fixing roads. "I'd like to focus on promoting safe and cost-effective and well-maintained county roads," she said. "Now we have an opportunity, with things kind of stabilizing and slowing down a little bit, to try to improve on existing roadways."
Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012
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I had a chance opportunity to speak at length with Ms. Duke, and I was impressed with her knowledge of the large district which she hopes to represent. She has experience in both private and public sectors, she knows how to set and stay within budgets, and she understands that her constituents need a strong voice on the new five-member board. She is retired and can give 100% of her time and energy. She has experience in land development and conservation. She knows where county government can make a positive impact on the local economy - and where it can't. She is truly a hometown gal, not a recent transplant. She knows why the voters in her district love living in Yavapai County, and why we don't want to trade our way of life for unmitigated sprawl and congestion. She "gets it" about our limited water resources. I believe Ms. Duke is the best all-around choice for District 4.
Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012
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I congratulate the Courier for getting this woman to smile. I worked with her for years, I've never seen her smile ... Good luck to her opponents (sp)