Lawmakers to talk state business at League event Saturday

PRESCOTT - District 1 legislators Sen. Steve Pierce, and Reps. Karen Fann and Noel Campbell will discuss recent state bills and issues at an event Saturday, April 11, with coffee and refreshments at 9 a.m. and discussion beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The legislative panel is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Central Yavapai County (LWVCYC) at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive in Prescott.

According to Terri Farneti, president of LWVCYC, the legislators have graciously agreed to update attendees on the issues as the session has just ended.

Pierce, who has been in the Senate for six years, has served as chairman of the Natural Resources and Rural Affairs Committee and vice chairman of the Transportation Committee. He's also served on the Judiciary Committee. Pierce is a rancher who owns the Las Vegas Ranch in Prescott. He is a past member of the Arizona Beef Council and the United States Beef Export Board, and his committee came up with the slogan, "Beef, it's what's for dinner." He is past president and current member of both the Arizona and Yavapai Cattle Growers associations, as well as the Arizona Hereford and Arizona Angus associations.

Fann was elected as a state representative in 2010; she is serving her third term. In 2014, the Arizona Technology Council named her Outstanding Tech Representative of the Year. She previously served as mayor of Chino Valley for six years, was on the Prescott City Council for four years, and was Mayor Pro Tem. She is CEO of Arizona Highway Safety Specialists, the state's largest installer of roadway guardrails and signage. She is chair of the House Transportation Committee and vice chair of the Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee. She has won several awards from various public and non-profit groups, including being named Leader of the Year in Public Policy by the AZ Capitol Times.

Campbell was elected to the legislature in 2014. He still serves seasonally as a fire-fighting tanker pilot, an air attack pilot and a helicopter pilot with the Forest Service. He previously was a Navy Commander and served in the Vietnam War, earning the Bronze Star and a U.S. Presidential Unit Citation, among numerous other medals and awards for his bravery. After retiring from the Navy Reserves in 1991, he worked for the U.S. Customs Service until his retirement in 1998. He is fluent in Spanish and for 10 years while working for U.S. Customs, was posted in Mexico, Central America and South America, combating illegal drug smuggling.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. It doesn't support or oppose any political party or candidate.