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Robson picks up key Yuma County endorsements

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Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Karrin Taylor Robson speaks in Yuma on Thursday, June 30, 2022. She received endorsements including, left to right, Neil Bowman of Coronation Peak Ranches, Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lines, Robby Barkley, president and CEO of Barkley Ag Enterprises and Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls.

Some elected officials and agricultural leaders came together late Thursday afternoon to lend their support to Karrin Taylor Robson’s campaign for Arizona governor.

“I know of her work ethic; I know of her commitment as a native Arizonan,” said Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lines.

Robson also got nods from Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls and state Rep. Tim Dunn.

But she told KAWC the agriculture community is key.

“It also signals to me the opportunity to really work with and engage with the leadership of the ag community in Arizona,” said Robson.

And few things are as important to the ag community as water.

“We’re facing a crisis in Arizona in our water, and the importance of the ag industry here in Yuma is not just important to Arizona economically, it’s important to the country,” she said.

Robson says that makes Yuma County’s farms important to her.

“The fact that they’ve placed their trust in me means a lot,” she said.

The Phoenix area businesswoman has also impressed those outside of ag.

She picked up Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls’ endorsement as well.

Nicholls said he finds her approach to the campaign refreshing.

“The discussions were very insightful; the actions were very clean and pure and not set up for some campaign thing,” he said.

Those who formally endorsed Robson on Friday include:

  • Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lines 
  • Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls  
  • Robby Barkley, Barkley Farms 
  • Mark Smith, Smith Farms 
  • Cory Mellon, Mellon Farms 
  • State Rep. Tim Dunn 
  • Former State Rep. Russ Jones 
  • Hank Auza, General Manager, Barkley Farms 
  • Bob Woodman, Woodman Citrus Farms 
  • Neil Bowman, Coronation Peak Ranches 

Robson is one of four candidates competing on the Republican ticket for governor in the Aug. 2nd primary election.

She faces former TV anchor Kari Lake, businessman Scott Neely, and Scottsdale restaurateur Paola Tulliani-Zen.

Lisa Sturgis’ return to KAWC brings her journalistic career full circle. Uncle Bob Hardy gave Lisa her first exposures to reporting back in the 1980s. She went on to spend more than three decades in TV news before making the decision to come home to NPR.
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