Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Pinal County, Arizona’s third largest county, is growing rapidly with new housing in Maricopa, Casa Grande and San Tan Valley. Lucid and Nikola are leading economic development and establishing an electric vehicle corridor. But Pinal faces major issues relative to water availability for both farming and residential development, highway funding particularly I-10 widening and basic infrastructure for rural areas. The Arizona U.S. House delegation is dominated by Maricopa County representatives and our senators are basically from Tucson and Phoenix. Guess which Arizona areas get attention in Congress?
The 1st Congressional District includes Pinal County along with all eastern Arizona extending from Oro Valley near Tucson to Flagstaff. Such a large geographic area really dilutes any Pinal voice. Our current congressional representative is a transplant from Chicago and lives in Sedona. Are Pinal concerns understood by first-hand knowledge? Or is it out of sight, out of mind? But in this election cycle we have a homegrown candidate running for Congress in Tiffany Shedd. She was raised and still lives in the Eloy-Arizona City area. Her family has a farming business and she understands the needs of local small businesses. From personal experiences she is aware of local border issues, and as a lawyer has supported farmers in water issues. In short, she knows Pinal County and has the endorsement of national and many past and present Arizona elected officials. Pinal County needs good representation in Congress; consider voting for Tiffany Shedd.
The writer is a member of the Eloy City Council.