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7/25/2012 9:56:00 PM
Meet the District 5 candidates: Bill Williams

Name: Bill Williams

Age: 57

Party: Democratic

Running in: District 5

Years in Yavapai County: 4

Occupation: Journalist & paralegal

Political experience: None

Why he wants to be on the board:

"County taxpayers need a new voice in government, and I think that a lot of the same old folks are going in and out of office and I think I can bring a fresh face and fresh ideas," Williams said.

Top issues Supervisors must address:

Water for the future is a major concern, Williams said, but knowing how much water we actually have is important, he said. "The problem is, we're all looking at different models and estimates (of water supplies)," he said, "and, to this day, I am firmly of the belief that we don't know how much water is in the Big Chino aquifer.

"So what I would do, as a county supervisor, is press the appropriate people to determine how much water is there," he said.

Williams said protecting open space is a priority and that, while development will happen, adequate planning is critical. "If we begin with a mindset that we have to respect open space and understand that development is going to happen because it's so beautiful in Yavapai County, then we really have to work" to plan for the required infrastructure.

Toward that end, Williams said he's spoken to county leadership which has been working on the new Comprehensive Plan. "I have read the plan and I agree with what they're doing," he said. "What didn't make it into the plan was problems that I have been openly critical of in the county courthouse."

Williams, long a critic of the county's legal system, which he said is rife with nepotism, said he wants to see it investigated.

"If I'm elected, I would motion the Board of Supervisors to do some sort of audit or investigation of the courts, the public defender, and the county attorney."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012
Article comment by: Bill's actions speak just as loud as his words!

The old adage is "Actions speak louder than words." I called Bill Williams on the phone once when I heard he was acting as an Intervenor in the DeMocker case, trying to get ex parte records made public. (As reported here in the Courier.) We spoke for an hour or so about what he had done and what he was doing.

I've read his filings online and can see that, like me, Bill is passionate about Justice. Even if it means over reaching sometimes or skewing a few sacred cows in Yavapai County. (Sheila Polk.) Or taking unpopular positions. (He's right about the nepotism and cronyism in Yavapai County's legal system. I say it's incestuousness.)

I suppose that means Bill would make a lousy "politician" because he won't blow with the wind or flip flop. But you all complain every time you vote a politician into office. So put a non-politician (Bill) in office instead.

I know Bill is fighting an uphill battle, listed as a Democrat in an ostensibly Republican County. Don't be shallow and mindlessly vote the (Republican) party line. I can't speak for Bill and the party affiliation he's chosen. Maybe they wouldn't let him be a Republican because he criticizes Sheila. But it's clear to me he's an independent thinker regardless of the label.

If you care about Justice and want to stop the injustice in Yavapai County, vote for Bill. If you don't, you'll get more of the nepotistic government you deserve.

Mike Palmer

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