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The Field: San Luis Candidates for Mayor and Arizona Senate Highlight South County Issues

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This week The Field from KAWC focuses on candidates from South Yuma County, where the border and immigration issues are more than headlines and political talking points.

Still, Nieves Riedel and Gary Garcia Snyder diverge when it comes to how they would address issues along the border and in the small community that sits on the borderline.

Nieves is running for San Luis mayor. She tells KAWC's Victor Calderon she wants to help San Luis continue to grow and prosper as a community. But she says the city has been slow to expand services and leaders have failed to offer a counter-narrative to national and polarizing rhetoric about what life in the small border community is really like.

Gary Garcia Snyder is also focused on local issues in his race for the State Senate in Legislative District 23, which includes San Luis. Snyder tells host Lisa Sturgis that federal he has witnessed the migrant crisis firsthand and would push for solutions in office. Snyder also talks about his vision for k-12 education in Arizona. While an advocate for school choice, he says there are areas in the state that only have a public-school option.

We also hear from Yuma County's Recorder about getting registered to vote and veteran political reporter Howard Fischer weighs in on what issue he thinks will drive the race for Arizona Governor through the general election in November.

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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.
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.
Lou grew up in Tucson and has a long family history in the state of Arizona. He began his public radio career in 1988 at KNAU in Flagstaff as a classical music DJ and has been hooked on public radio since, transitioning to news after trying his hand at several other careers in publishing and commercial broadcasting. Lou has a degree in American Studies from Arizona State University and was KAWC's Morning Edition host for two and half years before becoming News and Operations Director.
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