Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 3: Bell cites new ideas, Bronson her record

Incumbent wants jobs that pay well; foe sees anti-business climate
2012-10-14T00:00:00Z 2012-10-18T12:05:57Z Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 3: Bell cites new ideas, Bronson her recordArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 14, 2012 12:00 am  • 

In the race for the Board of Supervisors District 3 seat, voters have a choice between experience and youth when they head to the polls this November.

Democrat incumbent Sharon Bronson hopes to secure a fifth term on the board, but first-time candidate Republican Tanner Bell has other plans and says it's time for a change.

"I've lived (in Pima County) for 10 years. It's getting out of hand. We've done the same thing for 16 years, and something is not working," Bell said. "I have a different vision. I have a new eye" to look at solutions for the county's problems.

Bell said his top priority will be to bring jobs back to a county that has been devastated by unemployment and transform the anti-business climate in Pima County.

"We have a such a culture of hostility and saying no to everything," he said. "Our government needs to have great customer service."

He said county officials have been so inept in economic development they have even managed to squander our unique geography and natural beauty.

"We have a great area," Bell said. "When you think about it, it's oceanside property in the desert that we've made disgusting."

Because of this, Bell said no one should be surprised that the region's No. 1 export is brainpower.

Talking about job creation and revitalizing the economy is one thing, but actually doing something about it is an entirely different matter.

And that's why Bronson touts her record of job creation on the board as the biggest distinction between her and her challenger.

Bronson pointed to her work on securing a buffer for Raytheon and attracting the biotech firm Accelr8 to the region as some examples of the economic development work she has committed herself to over the years.

Moving forward, Bronson said she is focused on bringing the right businesses to the area so a new economic foundation develops and is based on jobs that pay a decent salary.

"We need to look at the 21st-century jobs that are going to actually create wealth and then bootstrap the economy," she said.

In addition to more jobs, it's also important to keep taxes low so the economy can get back on its feet, and Bronson said that's something she has done throughout her 16 years on the board and will continue to do.

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