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Carol Springer to run for county supervisor (...but not that Carol Springer!)

Carol Springer

Carol Springer

QUEEN CREEK - Carol Springer has launched a campaign to win a seat on the county Board of Supervisors in this year's election.

Not that Carol Springer.

That Carol Springer is retiring after a 22-year career in politics, having held offices including state senator, state treasurer, and, of course, Yavapai County Supervisor for District 1, a seat she first won in 2005.

This Carol Springer is her daughter, who lives in Pinal County.

A resident of Queen Creek, she's running as a Republican for Pinal's District 2 seat, which is being vacated by Bryan Martyn, who is stepping down.

Pinal, like Mohave and Yavapai counties, is expanding its Board of Supervisors from three members to five this election cycle because each county has passed the state-mandated population threshold for the larger board.

The younger Springer is well known in the Valley and the surrounding area. She was the first woman in Phoenix radio to hold a midday on-air shift when she started at rock powerhouse KDKB-FM in the 1980s. She was also a DJ at KSLX-FM for a time.

An Arizona native, Springer grew up in Prescott, graduated from Prescott High School, and went to Yavapai College.

Springer's mother was all smiles Wednesday as she discussed the political aspirations of her daughter, who had retired years ago from radio to raise four children, including triplets, and was about ready to become involved in the community again.

"Right around the first of the year, (Martyn) decided he wasn't going to run again, and the seat would be vacant, so I told her about it," the elder Springer said. "And she got really enthusiastic about the idea of running for office."

"I think it's great; I'm sure she can do a good job," she added, pointing out that her daughter's YC classes included paralegal coursework, which would be an added qualification.

"She has three opponents," the elder Springer said, "and none of them have been supervisors before, so you never know. It's pretty early."

The younger Springer remarked, "I just really felt that my tax dollars weren't being spent wisely," and she wanted to have a hand in the process.

"I am a longtime Arizona resident and I'm aware of the issues," she said. "I'm not a transplant, and I'm a lifelong Republican."

The elder Springer said she had offered "a little coaching" to her daughter, but "she's pretty bright - I don't know that I'm going to need to help her too much."

Her daughter noted with a laugh, "With her political background aside, she's my mother, and I always have sought advice from her - always.

"That's what we do, right?"

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