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Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 7:43 pm | Updated: 8:53 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Tax cuts. Efficient government. Responsible spending. I believe profoundly in these priorities we typically hear from candidates running as Republicans. But serving as a Republican doesn't mean you serve only Republicans. My constituents are made up of all political persuasions.

I have found those who have been kind enough to elect me to really have only one concern: help improve their quality of life.

This is why I have made issues like those below a priority. One doesn't often see Republicans touting such achievements in campaign promotion. I'm grateful that Tribune readers and I have been able to make some progress on them together.

Animal cruelty prevention: More than 55,000 dogs and cats are abandoned in Maricopa County each year. I have worked with the county's Animal Care Center to ensure all of these abandoned pets can receive care and the opportunity to be adopted. I support a no-kill policy at the county animal shelter. Thanks to county leadership and the hard work of dedicated volunteers, no healthy, adoptable dogs or cats have been killed in a Maricopa County shelter since 2005.

Protecting the environment: Maricopa County has committed to only purchasing hybrid cars and trucks for its government needs to help improve air quality and reduce oil consumption. While I was chairman of the Board of Supervisors in 2007, I developed a green vehicle policy for Maricopa County.

I have also strengthened rules for dust pollution by requiring the development community to keep dust from blowing off construction sites. In the next year, I intend focus on developing a green building program where 75 percent of all new county buildings will have a renewable energy resource as part of the design and construction.

Preservation of open space has been a high priority for me as well. I have fought for funding to preserve and enhance the San Tan Mountains Park area. If Maricopa County had not purchased this land, developers were next in line to build. Finally, I am pleased to have partnered with the Gila River Indian Community to assist the community in cleaning up illegal dumping sites.

Supporting higher education: When other Republicans did not, I supported the Arizona State University bond program approved during the last legislative session to build new facilities and repair existing ones on campus. Working with local leaders in the south East Valley and staff at ASU Polytechnic to help develop and grow this new campus after the closure of Williams Air Force Base has also been critical. I have also fought to fund the Translational Genomics Research Institute and pushed for a partnership between the new downtown medical school and TGen research staff. I am an avid supporter of the new ASU campus in downtown Phoenix.

My commitment to quality-of-life issues is why I have been fortunate to earn perhaps the most diverse group of bipartisan endorsements in the Valley this year. From two former Democratic nominees for governor, Eddie Basha and Paul Johnson, to civil rights leaders and the Border Patrol Agent's Association, to stalwart Republicans and Phoenix law enforcement, I hope we're doing our part to perhaps show a fresh approach for the GOP.

Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock represents District 1, which covers Tempe, Chandler, Sun Lakes, Ahwatukee Foothills and parts of Gilbert, Scottsdale and Mesa.

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