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Yuma Mayor Clarifies No Vote on Face Mask Proclamation

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls has clarified his no vote on a city proclamation that requires people within city limits to wear a face mask in public to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Nicholls and Councilman Chris Morris were the only two no votes on the proclamation, which Nicholls signed June 19.  He told KAWC he wanted the issue to go before the council with public comment.

“I understand the need for masks," Nicholls said. "I do not object about the need for masks. I think it’s very clear that that is what we need to be doing as a community. I guess what I really struggled with was does the government need to mandate it?”

Nicholls’ vote made national headlines when he was interviewed by Chris Cuomo on CNN. Cuomo compared mask orders to helmet and seatbelt laws and called Nicholls’ vote "a naked political play.”

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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