Today’s News-Herald: Governor makes campaign stop in Havasu
After announcing his bid for re-election Monday, Gov. Doug Ducey set off on a statewide campaign tour that included a stop in Lake Havasu City Friday.
Ducey shook hands and listen to voters concerns during several stops that included the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9401, Sam’s Shooters Emporium and various downtown businesses.
Although Ducey’s trip to Havasu came during one of the hottest days so far this summer, the governor seemed pleased to be in town. His last trip to Havasu was 2014 during his first run for the state’s highest office.
The message this election is continuing to provide opportunity for everyone.
“We’ve got a state that is growing,” Ducey said. “We’ve got people coming here from around the country and around the world, so we want to make sure we secure Arizona’s future, economically and at our border. We also need safer schools and safer neighborhoods.”
Despite having his critics, Ducey has made headway on several of his initiatives.
In his first year as governor, he took a $1 billion deficit and balanced the budget, without raising taxes. In K-12 education funding, although there is a long way to go to fix what many say is woefully inadequate Ducey has added nearly $2.7 billion to Arizona public schools.
Ducey has also cut regulations with the goal to stimulate job growth, as well as reformed and simplified the state’s tax code. In addition, Ducey launched Arizona’s Border Strike Force, to enhance security along Arizona’s southern border and stop the flow of cartels and human traffickers.
“We’ve got a place where people are proud to live and we want to keep heading in the right direction, and a growing economy,” he said. “We are a state that embraces entrepreneurship, that has K-12 education improving, and that has a wonderful relationship with Mexico, while having a secure border.”
Of keen interest to Ducey is balancing the water needs of rural Arizona communities, especially those along the Colorado River, against metropolitan communities in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties.
“I want to see Arizona speak with one voice on water,” he said. “There’s more to do in our legislative cycle. I’m going to make sure that life in rural counties is protected, while we have ample water all across our state.