Sonny Borrelli

State senator Sonny Borrelli introduces the candidates who stopped by BlondZee’s to speak with the public.

A local restaurant in Lake Havasu City is becoming a favored campaign stop for Arizona politicians.

On Monday night U.S Senate candidate Justin Olson and Corporation Commission candidates Nick Meyers and Kevin Thompson spoke and took questions from the public at BlondZee’s Steakhouse. Prior to those candidates, gubernatorial candidates Kari Lake and Bryan Masche stopped by the restaurant.

Fourth district congressman Paul Gosar also was supposed to attend the event but canceled due to security concerns. Gosar’s office did not respond to requests for further information about what those concerns were.

Melissa Lucas, the owner of BlondZees, decided to start inviting candidates to her restaurant after last year’s stay-at-home orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic forced her to shut down BlondZee’s and her restaurant in Portland.

“I had no idea two years ago that the governor could hold a press conference and I could lose my restaurant in just a matter of minutes,” Lucas said. “…I want to make sure that not only do I know who they are and what their platform is but that I can be friends with them and call them up.”

Lucas says that it doesn’t matter if the candidate is a liberal, Democrat, Libertarian, independent or Republican -- she just wants to give the people of Lake Havasu City a chance to come listen and meet candidates themselves and form their own opinions about them.

“The whole point is to invite all of them and provide the platform, the stage and the microphone,” Lucas said

So far Lucas has said that both the candidates and the constituents who come to meet them have given positive feedback.

“(U.S. Senate Candidate Justin) Olson told me that ‘what I love about this is that whenever I come to Havasu it is a three-day ordeal because I have to go to the Republican women’s dinner, the Republican men’s breakfast, the Mohave County Conservative Club’” Lucas said. “’Here it’s everyone. One and done.”

Monday Night’s Candidates

During Monday’s event, the first candidate to speak at BlondZees was U.S Senate Candidate Justin Olson who is looking to unseat current Democrat Senator Mark Kelly.

Olson, who is running against five other declared candidates including Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, was born in Mesa and has been involved in state government since 2011. Currently Olson is serving as a corporation commissioner.

In his stump speech to the BlondZees audience, Olson established himself as an America First candidate who has been a lifelong conservative.

“We need to have a candidate for the U.S Senate that has a proven conservative record,” Olson said. “That is why I stepped up to take on Mark Kelly. I am the only candidate in this race with a proven conservative record. My successful legislation defeated the funding for Obamacare in Arizona and Planned Parenthood. I was a champion for fiscal responsibility, for the right to life and the second amendment. I’ll fight relentlessly for secure borders and low taxes.”

After Olson spoke, two candidates for the Corporation Commission who are running together as a team, Nick Meyers and Kevin Thompson spoke.

Meyers is software engineer and businessman who ran for the commission last election cycle but ended up managing the write-in campaign for Jim O’Connor who was elected to the commission. Currently he is a policy advisor to Olson. Kevin Thompson is an Air Force veteran who served on the Mesa city council and has 17 years’ experience working for Southwest Gas.

Both Meyers and Thompson say they want to be Corporation Commissioners to limit the power of the commission and keep it focused on its primary purpose, setting utility rates.

“First off we hate mandates,” Meyers said. “Mandates and subsidies. Both of those to put it bluntly suck, they raise your rates. Now I am not talking about the mandate that says you will provide clean water to your customers, of course we are going to keep that. But the mandate that says we want you to be clean energy by a certain date…gone.”

Lucas does not have a date set yet for the next candidate to come speak at BlondZees but says that she is currently working with gubernatorial candidate Matt Salmon’s team to set a date.

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tomgarven

So this is the best place I could find to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. As this year passes I realize just how lucky we are to live in America. Here is my favorite singing group paying a tribute to our wonderful country. We should never forget that when we get finished with the spirited discussions, arguments and name calling we are all still just Americans and that is something to be proud of.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrMftm6Km3g&list=OLAK5uy_lv9Ro8RIVPeF3W8crRn0_nSga4ntdCRmc&index=7

Too old for this

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Tom!

tomgarven

[smile]

NorthLong

Happy Thanksgiving Tom. You and your family have a great turkey day.

tomgarven

[beam]

simon1dog

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sandan

Happy Thanksgiving Simon. After Family, friends and personal blessing...I want to be thankful for the high-heel that booted "Evicted Bobber". Such a blessing for this City.

Sonny

[thumbup]

tomgarven

Happy Thanksgiving Sonny. Stay strong and take care.

NorthLong

Amen to that.......

BigBob

sandeee - I want to wish everyone a Great Thanksgiving and a particular thumbs up to all of my adoring fans who just can't stop talking about me. It is truly wonderful to see how much you love me and continue to post trash, lies and attacks instead of ever addressing the subjects I deal with. Your undying adoration is most appreciated particularity the comments from my number one fan who has been so obsessed with every facet of my life for years that include stalking me, and having a very curious fascination with my war wounds. And then there is fan number two, who is so ashamed of himself he's never let us know who he is and slipped out of town under the cover of darkness to, most likely, some foreign entity that has no extradition treaty. Please know I truly appreciate each and every one of you, but I would like to see THN enforce their own rules and stop posting insults and attacks (and believe me I will embrace such a change) because all they do is make the newspaper look really petty and stupid.

Sonny

[thumbup]

tomgarven

[thumbup][thumbup]

Tfassari

Olsen thinks of our town is a “3 day ordeal” and would rather be “one and done”???

1502

I have eaten there and not going back. I will stick with Barley Brothers and Shugs

Sandan

Of course, high-class meals only for the dumbest "Evicted Bobber" personality. If a lefty-looney meeting happened there, you'd be licking gravy off of the steer out front...underneath the banner on him, of course.

BigBob

sandee - No one has said anything about "high class meals." I simply said I don't care to pay good money for a mediocre dining experience. If that's your thing, enjoy.

Sandan

If you had good money you would have paid your rent. Your 1502 personality likes better dining, you, in reality like getting the boot...or high-heel, I guess.

simon1dog

All of my friends eat there. Best steaks in town! Go early though, because it's often packed.

BigBob

simple - The fact that you and two other fools eat there is in no way a glowing recommendation.

NorthLong

Bozo, Yup knows exactly what he's talking about.

Jetskilhc

Cool! Now I know where to never spend a dime of money at!

BigBob

Jet - You nailed it!

X Ray

"Lucas says that it doesn’t matter if the candidate is a liberal, Democrat, Libertarian, independent or Republican -- she just wants to give the people of Lake Havasu City a chance to come listen and meet candidates themselves and form their own opinions about them."

So you're offended that a business establishment offers space to meet for any political candidate of any political viewpoint?

BigBob

xr - Nope, not offended in the least. Just not interested in a place that serves, at best, mediocre food.

Too old for this

Are you basing that comment on what 15 had to say? I doubt that you would actually go out in public and eat in that place. They do not require proof of vaccines, or masks. I understand that you look as if you know a lot about eating, but that doesn't make you a food critic.

deaton

So, BigBob do you have a “Black Bear Diner” in “parts unknown”? Look’s like you slithered out of town at just the right time. The “BBD” had a kitchen fire the day after you left? No word yet on a re-opening, just to keep you updated! [thumbup][tongue][love][wink] Deaton

LET'S GO BRANDON!!!

Read the article she’s made her restaurant available for all to come and talk to all the voters. So maybe you should contact the party or candidate you want to hear from and ask them to contact the restaurant.

Too old for this

There's an idea! Bob and his retarded twin, 1502, don't want to hear about fair. They just want to bash everyone and everything.

BigBob

Nope!

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