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Supervisors elect Bronson as chair

Ajo Copper News of Ajo, Arizona

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Supervisor Sharon Bronson, whose District 3 includes Ajo, was elected chair of the ftma County Board of Supervisors on January 7. Branson's 7400-square-mile district includes all of western Pima County and shares more than 130 miles of international border with Mexico.

"I am delighted to have the confidence of my colleagues, and look forward to continuing our efforts to create a better life for all of us in the county," said Bronson. "My interest is, and always has been, to do what I can to provide parity, equity, and a voice for all our community members. My district includes the most far-flung communities in Pima County, and some of the most challenged.

"A rural place like Ajo - which I get to visit often - is as deserving of first-class representation as any urban center, and I feel a responsibility to focus attention, where I can, on finding solutions to issues common to us all."

Bronson was first elected to the board in 1996, and has focused her efforts of economic development, job creation, and balanced smart growth strategies. She served as a member and board co-chair of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc., and is a member of Visit Tucson, formerly known as the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is a member of the environment, energy, and land use steering committee of the National Association of Counties.

Bronson, instrumental in the development and implementation of the county's Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, has also served as president of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona, and president of the US/Mexico Border County Coalition.

She succeeds Ramon Valadez, who had served as chair since 2010. Richard Elias was elected vice chair.

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Original Publication Date: January 15, 2014

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