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Democratic Senate candidate Don Bivens spoke to members of the Democratic Woman’s Club of Northern Gila County last week in Payson.

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Senate candidate lauds pipeline, college projects

Don Bivens brings fledgling campaign for Democratic nomination to Rim Country

One of the contenders to fill U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl’s seat brought his campaign to Rim Country last week, with strong support for the Blue Ridge pipeline, the sale of federal land for an ASU campus and large scale forest thinning. Attorney and former state Democratic Party Chair Don Bivens said such projects provide a perfect example of what the federal government should do on a large scale to stimulate job growth as long as unemployment remains above 6 percent. “We have all kinds of infrastructure needs across the board — parks, railroads, courthouses, libraries,” said Bivens, 59, after meeting privately with backers and then addressing the Democratic Woman’s Club of Northern Gila County.

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