COUNTY SUPERVISOR RACE
IT END WITH A "SHOOT OUT AT CASEY'S CORNER?"
note: Finley has been "calling it as he sees it" each
month in The Red Rock Review
for nearly a year, now. It is both our editorial policy and through
agreement with Finley that we not edit his column for content.
As it is the election season, Finley naturally notified us that
he'd be doing an "election piece," but that he was furious
with the tone of one of the races and might have to "take
his gloves off." The Red Rock Review in no way endorses
a single idea or viewpoint espoused in Finley's column. In fact,
a straw poll of staff employees was equally split on the race,
with a few abstentions. Here's Ivan, "in his own words."
The incumbent "Arlo Davis" has fired the first cheap
shots of the local election season. In a recent advertisement,
Davis pictured himself as one good man in a white hat, while showing
his opponent as "The Other Guy," in two black hats.
Davis goes on to imply conflicts of interest, that his opponent
is only going to do a part time job if he is elected to the supervisor's
position, and many more demeaning remarks about "The Other
Guy's Lifestyle." That other guy is John Paladini, and he's
a very honorable man with a stellar record, who is running a campaign
without slinging dirt.
If this ad is a result of Davis hiring an out-of-State Michigan
consulting firm to advise him and run his campaign - and to tell
the voters of the Verde Valley who to vote for - who is supporting
I received a letter from the president of The Sierra Club (local)
and the vice president of the 4R's (Responsible Residents of the
Red Rocks) taking exception to a statement in my letter to CFAR
(Citizens for an Alternative Route) members that Mr. Davis was
being funded and supported by them. I hereby stand corrected.
However, in viewing the petitions signed for Mr. Davis and the
financial reports from the past, I can't help but notice a lot
of their members on both lists.
Also, as an aside, when I last ran for City Council, the two 4R
candidates put out literature that I was in the pocket of "The
Realtors, The Developers, The Contractors, The Business leaders"
- does that mean that Mr. Davis is in the pocket of the
4R's and the Sierra Club if their members contribute financially
and sign his petitions? I don't think so.
That kind of misinformation campaign forces me to take my gloves
There is one more candidate for Yavapai County Supervisor. Her
name is Hope Cermelj. Backers of Supervisor Davis, living in the
Village of Oak Creek, tried to get her nomination withdrawn by
filing a charge that she did not have enough valid signatures
to qualify for running.
Paladini went to court for her and successfully convinced the
judge that the Arizona law was unconstitutional and that she stay
in the race as an Independent. Doesn't this speak to the ethical
and moral character of Paladini?
To set the record straight, Paladini and his wife and twin daughters
own five acres in Cornville, built themselves a nice house, fenced
a yard for the children. They have a fenced pasture irrigated
where they raise from 8 to 15 head of cattle at a time. He also
buys and sells horses. But since when does this have anything
to do with whether you are qualified to represent the people of
the Verde Valley? If it does, then you have already lost.
To Arlo Davis, we have all read the headlines about your problems
with E-mail and telephone calls. We read where the Human Resources
Director of Yavapai County was requested to resign from her position
and was paid four months salary based on her not talking any further
on why she left.
We also know that you have the highest expense account and the
highest telephone and the highest travel expense of any supervisor
during your term.
Remember - early balloting has already started and the primary
election is on September 12th, 2000.
You have a clear choice with this election. Do qualifications,
background, ethical and moral qualities matter? Or will you be
happy with four more years of the samo, samo?
P.S. Here is some information about candidate John Palidini that
may help you make up your own mind on whether he should represent
you or not.
Paladini recognizes the following items as major issues affecting
the Verde Valley:
developing sources for communities having trouble
and Government Spending
and Moral Leadership
Some personal facts:
to Wife Jo since 1989, parents to twin daughters.
a practicing Attorney. Was a Municipal Attorney and Prosecutor
for the City of Sedona; Land Use, Zoning
and Environmental Attorney since 1993.
was a law clerk in The US Army Judge and Advocate General's
Corp, in Washington D.C. Office of the Chief Prosecutor.
from the University of Miami Law School Magna Cum Laude, 1993.
from the University of Oregon, B.S. Journalism.
of the Arizona Conservation Acquisition Board - appointed
by Governor Hull in 1998.
to Arizona Department of Commerce on growth and development
of Resolution on Regional Growth adopted by all the cities
and towns in the Verde Valley, as well
as Yavapai County and The Apache Indian Nation.
of the Sedona committee on Growth.
of the Catholic Diocese School Board, overseeing policy of
all Catholic Schools in Northern