Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
I’m Marlene Pearce, independent, running for Pinal County Supervisor District 4.
It takes courage to run for office as an independent. In these divisive times it is important to me to be a candidate who will represent everyone equally and who is not beholden to either side of the aisle.
An independent candidate enables all voters in District 4 to have a say in who will represent them as their next county supervisor. There are 54,902 registered voters in District 4, but only one-third of you were able to cast a vote in the 2016 election because both candidates were of the same political party, making 35,349 unable to vote. I wanted to change that.
Serving for eight years as the right hand to our current county supervisor, I’ve never asked anyone’s political affiliation because it has no bearing on my commitment to serve you in the best ways possible.
Voting independent can feel uncertain for some people, but you can have confidence in me. As a proud resident of Pinal County for 15 years, I have the experience, commitment and the love for this community to meet and exceed your expectations, and I believe my reputation in the county reflects that.
Every decision I make as county supervisor will be done with forethought of what’s best for you, the residents, without any political bias. I hope to earn your vote, but I’m proud to know that as an independent, all of you will have a choice.