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Gov. Ducey Visits Yuma, Commits to Serving Rural Communities Better

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was in Yuma on Tuesday where he visited the Amberly’s Place Family Advocacy Center and gave a version of his State of the State Address at Arizona Western College.

Gov. Ducey tells KAWC he is sincere in wanting to focus more attention on rural communities including Yuma and La Paz counties.

“We realize that there are needs outside the Great State of Maricopa," Ducey said. "Yuma is one of those communities that are working in Arizona. We’re incredibly proud of what the ag community does here, what the education community does here and of course our military outposts.”

In his speech before Yuma County leaders, Ducey thanked San Luis Mayor Gerardo Sanchez for his work to bring funding to modernize the San Luis Port of Entry. Ducey told KAWC the port and more border fencing are important to a working relationship with Mexico.

“We want to make Arizona the best possible place to live, play, work and do business but we also want to make sure we’re a safe state and that we maintain the quality of life that we enjoy in the state of Arizona and that’s where border security is a real serious issue,” he said.

Ducey said his balanced budget invests in rural communities, including in education, rural broadband, public safety and workforce training. 

"The best of Yuma is the best of Arizona," Ducey said.

The governor’s visit was sponsored by the Yuma Chamber of Commerce.

Unedited audio of Gov. Doug Ducey's interview with KAWC reporter Victor Calderón.


Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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