Posted: 10:48 p.m. MST
Three Arizona state leaders are gearing up for another term in 2014.
Senator Don Shooter and representatives Steve Montenegro and Darin Mitchell made their way to Yuma Saturday for a fundraiser for their re-election campaign.
They say it's a great opportunity to hear from the people they represent at the state level.
"One of the most important things is that we're connecting with the folks that we represent, said Montenegro. "We want to make sure that [the voters] feel that they talk to us and let us know what they're going through and give us ideas."
Today's discussion touched on a number of topics, including Yuma’s water rights and the possibility of redistricting.
"Last year we had a bill drop … that would have allowed for some water redistributioning between Yuma and other parts of the state,” said Mitchell. “So we killed that bill, but I understand it may be coming back, so what we're going to working on is making sure that nothing Yuma in the future."
Shooter says his loyalties are with the people of Yuma.
“The senate president and I said that we're not going to let them steal Yuma’s water,” explained Shooter. “So I went immediately after that to the speaker and I said, 'I’m going to have to kill your bill.' I said, 'I know you're going to get grumpy about that.'"
Meantime, through a government shutdown and a struggling economy, they have their eyes on the future of Yuma.
"The rest of the county is expected to grow a half of a percent to 1 percent,” explained Shooter. “Arizona is expected to go 2.5 percent, which is considerably better than the rest of the country, but it's still not sufficient for what we budgeted at,” said Shooter.