Originally published Monday, October 21, 2019 at 05:23p.m.

KINGMAN – Not satisfied with politics conducted by “a good ol' boy’s club in the community,” Gerarda G. Hamodey entered the 2020 race for Mohave County District 1 Supervisor. She feels this type of mentality creates discrimination against others.

Hamodey, 53, is a longtime Republican, commonly known as "Gabby." She is a Mexico-born, naturalized citizen, paralegal, and active member of Latinas for Trump.

So far, the race includes Tim Woods and Jim Hamersley, both catering to the belief of part of the electorate the current District 1 Supervisor, Gary Watson, is not conservative enough. Watson does not plan to run in 2020, leaving the District 1 seat up for grabs. Two additional candidates running for the position are Denise Bensusan and Travis Lingenfelter.

“There are different people with different methods of experience and morality,” Hamodey said, speaking about the other candidates and why she is running. “There are a lot of people that say they are Trump supporters because they want the support from the community, not because they really believe in competition, not having monopolies. There’s still a lot of needed improvement in Mohave County.”

Then, she follows with a modern-era political newcomers’ spin:

“I did not want to come out and do that. But I feel I have to because a lot of rights are being curtailed.”

Hamodey, who been has been married for 34 years, considers herself very pro-family. She is a mother of three, and a grandmother of three and firmly believes in the Second Amendment. "I'm also an excellent shot," she adds.

As Supervisor, she promises to be there for the people and carry out their will. Poor health care in Mohave County is her top priority.

“I think we should have more doctors,” she said. “We need incentives for good doctors. I am pro-life and I’m very pro-business. I would lower the taxes as an incentive for companies.”

Hamodey has 30-years experience in business and law as, not only as a paralegal, but as an investigator.

When it comes to the Constitution, Hamodey calls herself a “Constitutional textualist,” someone who gives primary weight to the text and structure of the Constitution. Her favorite U.S. Supreme Court Justice late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Supervisor Watson got her upset in 2012 when he removed a gentleman from the county building for wearing an American flag cap. He got him arrested, Hamodey claims. She expects Watson to endorse “his friends, Mr. Woods." This, she says, is because for some candidates in Mohave County political advantage is all about who you know, not what your experience is or what's on your resume.

Hamodey left Mexico as a 10-year-old and became a naturalized United States citizen. She obtained her green card through her mother and stepfather and says President Trump is fine with that type of migration, since immediate family does not count as “chain migration.”

“There is a misinformation and mischaracterization of President Trump,” said Hamodey who has a master's in Culture and Communication and a law degree from Trinity International University Law School, a Christian school in Santa Ana, California. “He is not a racist. We need walls around this country just like people have walls and fences around their homes for protection. We need guns to protect ourselves.”

Believing in each country’s sovereignty, she is against entities, such as the European Union. Hamodey hasn't had the opportunity to travel outside the hemisphere yet, but promises she is “very knowledgeable about the United Nations and human rights.” She’s traveled to Mexico and Canada.

“And United States of course,” she added.



Editor's note: The following clarifications and minor corrections were made to this story: Some additional background information was added to include that Gerarda Hamodey, is a longtime Republican, commonly known as "Gabby." She has been married for 34 years and considers herself pro-family. In one inset quote we left out the word, "good." It should have read, "not satisfied with politics conducted by “a good ol' boy’s club in the community." Hamodey feels this type of mentality creates discrimination against others. We inadvertently omitted the names of two additional candidates running for the District 1 seat, Denise Bensusan and Travis Lingenfelter. When Hamodey expressed, “There are different people with different methods of experience and morality. There are a lot of people that say they are Trump supporters because they want the support from the community, not because they really believe in competition,” she was speaking about the candidates. When Hamodey referred to herself as a “big textualist,” she meant to say she is a "Constitutional textualist." When we referenced, "an American cap," it should have read American "flag" cap. When Hamodey said "it is all about who you know, not what your experience is" she did not mean to imply she was referring to all political candidates or residents of Mohave County. To clarify, Trinity International University Law School is a Christian law school. When Hamodey said, "We need walls around this country just like people," she meant to add "...just like people have walls and fences around their homes for protection."