Several pockets of Northern and Central Gila County voters will cast ballots in the race for District 2 Supervisor. The contenders are incumbent Michael A. Pastor (D) and challenger David Cook (R). Both are longtime residents of the Globe area.
Elected in 2008, Pastor served as board chairman from May 2011 through August 2012. Supervisor Pastor also serves on the Correctional Officers Retirement Plan Board, the Central Arizona Association of Governments Regional Council, San Carlos Apache Tribe Partnership Steering Committee and Cobre Valley Community Transit System Committee.
This year, Pastor faces a tough challenger.
“I am running for Gila County Supervisor in District 2 because I love our county and the people in it. I have worked for five years for this. I am the best man for the job,” Cook told a gathering of the Rim Country Republican Club this summer.
Cook said he believes the county must have elected leaders with a vision for the community and the ability to propose and implement workable solutions with citizens, organizations, and other governments.
“I have a long record of successful problem solving with the federal government and will significantly improve the county’s operation,” Cook said.
Pastor said he has worked tirelessly to represent Gila County at both the state and federal level, making himself available to discuss issues that affect the taxpayers of Gila County such as cost shifts to the county by the state, flood mitigation and land use issues with the Forest Service and the Army Corps of Engineers to make sure recreationalists, ranchers, mining and constituents’ voices are heard. He said he continues to support community issues such as transportation and infrastructure development and economic opportunities within the district.
“The citizens of Gila County are entitled to a full-time working county supervisor in District Two, someone who will give his total commitment and time to improving our county and quality of life for all constituents. In these economically challenging times, we must remain innovative and accountable. I will continue to make the office of Gila County District Two both responsive and transparent,” Pastor said.
Among Cook’s priorities is the economy. “With Southern Gila County’s mines expected to be depleted in five years, we need to start the county moving in a direction that will not only maintain, but also grow our economy in the future. I have an economic development plan that would bring in an estimated $500,000 a year in for infrastructure and development. I have another plan to build a racetrack and create a structure of governance for that track. Neither of these plans would cost the taxpayers a dime. No past or current supervisor has proposed a similar plan,” he said.