The Star endorses Nancy Young Wright for the Pima County Board of Supervisors. She has a lengthy track record of effective public service as a volunteer and elected official. She is the right fit for District 1.
Young Wright, a Democrat, is well-known in her northwest-side district. Her advocacy began when her daughters were young and the local Oro Valley park didn't have playground equipment. Over the years she's been a voice of reason on matters of sustainable growth, conservation and land use, education and public involvement.
Young Wright's experience would be an asset for the board. She has hands-on knowledge of municipal government from her advocacy in Oro Valley; her time as a parent volunteer and Amphitheater Public Schools Governing Board member gives her the inside track on education issues; and her time in the Legislature will lend an expertise that will benefit Pima County.
This last position, as a state representative, is especially useful. Not only does Young Wright understand the legislative process from the inside, she understands the cast of characters at the Legislature.
We appreciate Young Wright's conservative fiscal approach to the county's $30 million reserve fund; it's about 6.5 percent of its overall budget, and experts in government finance recommend having 5 to 15 percent on hand. Bond ratings and interest rates are affected by how much a government agency has on hand.
Young Wright is running against Republican Ally Miller, who said she would spend some of that on infrastructure repair. We don't disagree that the county has needs, such as road repairs, but we come down on the side of fiscal caution.
In recent years, the Legislature has taken away - "swept" in budgetary parlance - tax revenues slated to go to counties. The need for public services doesn't go away, of course, so it makes sense, as Young Wright notes, to have a healthy reserve on hand to protect county taxpayers against similar moves by the state.
Nancy Young Wright is the best person to effectively represent District 1 on the Pima County Board of Supervisors.
Young Wright a voice of reason, experience
Arizona Daily Star
We are making endorsements in the races we consider most significant and competitive.
This is the remaining schedule:
• Friday, Oct. 12: Tucson Unified School District and Pima Community College boards.
• Saturday, Oct. 13: Proposition 121 on direct primary elections and Proposition 204 on a state sales tax.
• Sunday, Oct. 13: U.S. Senate and Congressional Districts 1, 2 and 3.
• Monday, Oct. 14: Arizona Legislature Districts 2, 8 and 9.
• Tuesday, Oct. 15: Arizona Legislature Districts 10, 11 and 14.
• Sunday, Oct. 21: President.
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