Yuma Community Food Bank had a special visit from Arizona representative Wednesday

News 11 met up with Arizona state representative Darin Mitchell with District 13 at the Yuma Community Food Bank. Mitchell says he comes to town to meet up with different organizations that he hasn’t touched base with.

Mitchell said, “What we have here at the food bank is so awesome, I’ve written letters and done whatever I could for the food bank, because they do such a good job and are such a big part of the community. I have written letters for grant money from the federal government. Making public awareness that we have a problem, we have some folks that need some of the basics, if we can help with that awareness, I think it’s awesome.”

Mitchell says he tries to make it down to Yuma County every 10 days to get to know the community and meet different members.

Mitchell says Yuma is 40 percent of their district. “We have lots of friends in Ag, I’m Vice Chair, so its important to come down as much as we can.”

Mitchell says, “Yuma is different, because it’s isolated so we have to make an effort to come down, so like today when I’m driving down I make a full day of it and I want to see as many people as I can.”

As part of his visit, he toured Yuma Regional Medical Center’s new facilities, met with Sheriff Leon Wilmot, and even talked to the Realtor’s Association.

Mitchell said, “They talked about how the real estate market is slower and how tax reform impacts the business growth of the entire state, which is something they are working on.” Mitchell wants to eventually move towards becoming the tenth tax free state in the United States.
He says he has spend the majority of his three years with the Agriculture and Water community. “As the Vice Chair of Agriculture and Water, the most important thing for me to to do is defend Yuma’s water rights.”

When Mitchell comes to town, he likes to make as many stops as possible even to the Yuma Community Food Bank.

Mitchell said, “What we have here at the food bank is so awesome, I’ve written letters and done whatever I could for the food bank, because they do such a good job and are such a big part of the community. I have written letters for grant money from the federal government. Making public awareness that we have a problem, we have some folks that need some of the basics, if we can help with that awareness, I think it’s awesome.”

Mitchell says if you have concerns, he wants to hear them.

 

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