CASA GRANDE- In between appointments at his Casa Grande office, Supervisor David Snider recalled his trip to Washington D.C. to represent Pinal County at the National Association of Counties (NACo) annual legislative conference.
"This was a terrific opportunity to interact with members of our Federal delegation in Washington," Snider said while looking over some paperwork on his desk. The Supervisor, along with Pinal County Assistant County Manager Manny Gonzales, took part in the NACo conference on March 4-8. More than 2,000 county officials from across the country descended upon the nation's capitol to discuss issues pertaining to illegal immigration, skyrocketing healthcare costs, reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 and preservation of the Community Development Block Grant Program.
"I felt we brought Pinal County residents' voices to the Capitol,' said the District 3 Supervisor. "I enjoy meeting with our constituents throughout the year and hearing their concerns. This visit to Washington gave me a chance to express their concerns in meetings with our Congressional delegation.
Supervisor Snider was a part of an Arizona delegation that included 21 Supervisors from other counties across the state. "This conference is a rare chance to network with other Supervisors from around our nation. It is interesting to hear what kind of issues they are dealing with and how they handle the challenges on a day to day basis."
During his visit with District 1 Congressman Rick Renzi, Supervisor Snider and Assistant County Manager Gonzales were pleased to present the office with a large photo of the Old Courthouse Clock Tower. The Old Pinal County Courthouse Clock Tower was recently re-shingled and underwent a strengthening of the structure. Congressman Renzi helped to secure some of the funds used for the project.
In looking back on his trip to Washington, Supervisor Snider said it was time well-spent. "Our Senators and Representatives have excellent staff members here in Arizona, but when you can make that face-to-face contact with their staff in Washington who work in specific areas of key issues that affect Pinal County, that is invaluable."