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Patrice Horstman announced Monday that she would be seeking Art Babbott’s seat on the Coconino County Board of Supervisors.

The seat will be left vacant after Babbott announced last week he would be seeking a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives.

“I really love our county,” Horstman said in a press release. “I want to give my all to ensure a vibrant future for Coconino County.”

Horstman is a 40-year resident of Flagstaff, a graduate of Northern Arizona University and of the University of Arizona Law School. Through much of that time, Horstman has worked at the law firm Hufford, Horstman, Mongini, Parnell & Tucker PC.

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“My background and experience make me uniquely qualified to listen to and serve the people of Coconino County,” Horstman said. “The work of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors has lasting consequences, and I believe I have the energy and enthusiasm to work together to build a better future for Coconino County.”

Horstman said among the issues she hopes to address if she wins a seat are affordable housing, finding economic development opportunities throughout the county and environmental issues like forest management, forest reiteration and climate change.   

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The election may be almost two years away, but Horstman has already received her first endorsement from Kerry Blume, the former CEO of the United Way of Northern Arizona.

Of Horstman, Blume said, “Her 40-year track record of community service demonstrates how much she cares about all people, our environment and the quality of life in our unique community. I have been in Flagstaff a long time working on numerous issues, and I can think of no one better prepared or able to serve Coconino County District 1 on the Board of Supervisors.”

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Adrian Skabelund can be reached at the office at askabelund@azdailysun.com, by phone at (928) 556-2261 or on Twitter @AdrianSkabelund.

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