YUMA, Ariz. – Three candidates are vying for Yuma County District 1 supervisor.
Bob McClendon, Martin Porchas, and Agustin Tumbaga all identify with the Democratic party and are preparing for the upcoming primary election. They spoke at the Chamber of Commerce Good Morning Yuma event on Thursday to introduce their platforms to residents, along with multiple proposed policies for Yuma County.
“I truly believe and feel that as a team we can make ourselves reach the goals that we’re looking for,” expressed McClendon.
Porchas shared, “We need to talk to our state legislators and tell them how their decisions are affecting our economy here in Yuma.”
When explaining what motivated him in running for this position, Tumbaga shared how why he got into politics in the first place.
“I got tired of people not getting support,” he said. “I got tired of people wanting a simple stop sign or a speed bump in their community, and not being able to get it.”
Topics of interest surrounding the upcoming election include support for local business owners, infrastructure, and economic development. Each candidate shared how they would tackle these issues with their own plan of action.
“We need to find ways where we have year-round employment,” expressed Tumbaga. “We need to work with the military, agriculture, and the local businesses before we start attracting other people and take away from the employment that we have now.”
“Make economic development our number one priority,” said Porchas. “Be engaged with the Public Safety Department and continue support with the budget for the necessary training that they need to bring on board staff that are trained to deal with mental illness cases that we see more here in Yuma.”
“We’ve got to move forward,” said Tumbaga. “We’ve got to start working with all the city governments: San Luis, Somerton, the city of Yuma, Wellton… All of us have got to start working together to prepare for the future.”
The Yuma County primary election is on August 30th and early voting is going on now. For more information on the candidates and the upcoming election, visit: yumacountyaz.gov