YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - For the first time since she took office, Arizona Governor, Katie Hobbs was in Yuma Monday.
We spoke with Hobbs right after she toured around our county and met with local leaders about important issues affecting our community.
“In these early days of my administration I will continue to be focused on how I can be a governor for all Arizonians and we’re going to continue listening to local leaders about how we can work together to address the issues we’re facing,” said Hobbs.
Governor Hobbs started her day touring Yuma agriculture fields.
“The farmers here have done an incredible job with innovation and technology to implement really efficient use of water. It’s something that could be a model to the rest of the state, the rest of the nation in terms of how we conserve water, and continue to address food security issues across the country," said Hobbs.
She says the biggest issue she wants to tackle is the water shortage on the Colorado River.
“It’s one of the most pressing issues of our state and certainly one that we need leadership to tackle and get us on the right path to secure our water future in the state,” said Hobbs.
Hobbs also attended Mayor of Yuma, Doug Nicholls' luncheon, took a tour of the border, visited the port of San Luis, and met U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents.
Hobbs completed her trip in Somerton, touring the Campesino Sin Fronteras and the Regional Center for Border Health.
Where the President and CEO, Amanda Aguirre, said Hobbs’ biggest challenge is finding common ground between two parties.
“Less common ground right, that continues in the legislature and continues separating the two parties apart. I think she has a big challenge on her hands but I have no doubt she’s going to bring some common sense to legislature to pass and help the state agencies do the work that they need to do,” said Aguirre.
Hobbs headed back to Phoenix this evening and says she will bring Yuma’s issues back to the capitol and work to bring change.