By Amanda Keim
Shirley Dawson believes her history of service makes her a prime candidate to be one of the next Gila County Supervisors.
Dawson, a Democrat running in District 3, has held multiple public positions, including four years on the Gila School Board and co-chair of Globe's water committee.
Service is also an important part of Dawson's private life. She and her husband dedicated two years as coordinators for
aid to Bolivia and Peru for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The couple spent that time assessing problems in each country and discussing possible solutions with government leaders.
Dawson hopes to bring that same spirit of service and discussion to Gila County.
"I'm not looking for a job," she said. "I'm looking for an opportunity to make our county a better county."
Dawson said she would like to focus on Gila County's budget and economy. Owning several small businesses over the years, including her latest endeavor, Flyaway Travel, has taught her to manage a budget, she said.
The county should especially develop its tourism industry and retirement communities, she said.
Gila County also needs to provide better educational opportunities for current and prospective residents, she added.