LaJuana Gillette

LaJuana Gillette

A member of the Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission will not be removed from her position following allegedly racist remarks made through social media.

Mohave County Democrats have called for the removal of Lake Havasu City resident LaJuana Gillette, who was recently appointed to the commission by County Supervisor Ron Gould. Statements she posted to Facebook on July 29 drew the ire of county Democrats, who requested Gillette’s removal at this week’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting.

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According to Mohave County statute, however, the only person who has the power to remove an appointed representative from the planning and zoning commission is the person who appointed her.

“Most of the people who spoke at the meeting were leaders of the Mohave County Democrats,” Gould said Monday. “There was a lot of partisan rhetoric. I think Gillette used a poor choice of words, and I’ve already spoken to her about it. If it continues then yes, I’ll take action. But I think it was just a poor choice of words on her part.”

Gillette drew critical disdain with a post that morning in which she accused liberals of weaponizing accusations of racism for use against Republican lawmakers. But it was a post Gillette made four hours later that inspired minority activists and Democrats to prove her point at this week’s board meeting.

“This is America,” she posted. “This is a Christian nation. I like it like that. It’s what we have always been and what we were meant to be. We have to fight for our country and America. We must stop the minorities from coming here and trying to change us.”

Representatives from the Mohave County Democratic Party, as well as the Kingman Area Diversity Endeavor spoke against Gillette at Monday’s meeting. Among them were former District 4 legislative candidates J’aime Morgaine and Mary McCord Robinson.

“LaJuana Gillette is serving as a public servant, so her personal beliefs become relevant when they are contrary to the values of our community and present a conflict of interest with the planning and zoning commission,” Morgaine said at Monday’s meeting. “There should be no place for xenophobic racism to guide and inform our county process. Please remove LaJuana Gillette from the planning and zoning commission.”

According to Robinson, Gillette’s freedom of speech is as sacrosanct as that of any other American citizen. Even so, Gillette’s comments were cause for concern to Robinson.

“I’ve heard from many people in the past 24 hours at small businesses,” Robinson said. “Some of them were afraid to speak for fear of retaliation to their businesses … in her position, serving the public, it gives me concern. You should be concerned, and I would encourage some serious coaching and counseling. She represents all of you when she makes those comments.”

Little more than a year prior, actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen made a national spectacle of the people of Kingman in his TV program, “Who is America?” The episode featured an announcement by Cohen, who was in disguise, to Kingman residents that a mosque would be built within the city. According to Trecia Christophersson, statements given on the show in response may have stained the city’s public image – And it’s a stain that Gillette’s comments have done nothing to fade.

Christophersson is the president of the Kingman Area Diversity Endeavor, a group of Kingman residents who advocate for minorities and diversity in local government.

“Some of us have spent the better part of the past year trying extremely hard to squash that reputation,” Christophersson said. “I grew up in Kingman. We always knew (racist attitudes) were here, but we liked to pretend it wasn’t. I think what we have more often than blatant racism, we have a system of isolation. We don’t have a lot of exposure to other cultures.”

While Christophersson said she might have liked to see Gillette removed from her position, Christophersson would at the very least encourage Gillette to receive education on the topic of diversity.

According to Gillette, however, she’s done nothing wrong.

“It’s untrue,” Gillette said Tuesday afternoon. “Nothing I said was racist. The things (critics) read at the meeting were not racist. They want to call everyone who is Republican a racist. As far as I’m concerned, it’s my opinion, and I have a right to my opinion. (Gould) appointed me to the commission, and he sees no reason to remove me from it … I’m not ashamed of anything I said.”

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Can Of Corn

🥫of 🌽 really thinks he is someone of substance. That's what's really hilarious. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Let the onslaught of that pile of 💩 continue!!!!


Sonny

Welcome back🥫of🌽

Can Of Corn

Oh...well thank you.


HwyRovr

Well, look who slithered back under a new fake name. Typical DOT, gotta cheat.


VA172

I suppose you have already contacted the newspaper to complain again.


Can Of Corn

I'm smarter than you could ever imagine.


tomgarven

As someone who once worked in corporate America, an individuals ability to express their opinion can be limited by the policies that exist in that corporation. Some employees find that type of working environment acceptable while others find it very restrictive and don't usually stay in that type of position for very long.



It is my belief that there is a public perception that government employee should also refrain from expressing their own opinions. Most government employee positions have a handbook or written policy manual somewhere that defines what employees may or may not say. Usually every written or verbal statement they make must be made with conditional words such as "in accordance with policy..." or County ordinance 123 states ... " or other legal or policy guidelines. Saying something like "it is my opinion..." or the "policy is unclear and therefor I can not approve..." can get you fired from either a government or corporate position.



And even outside of work what you say can get you into trouble when employed by a government agency or a corporation. And unless you specifically state your opinion does NOT represent your current position in ... you can expect your comments to be open to scrutiny by others. Therefore most people in government and corporate america today refrain from expressing their personal opinions about anything. It is not usually worth the criticism and condemnation of others who hold differing beliefs.



That is probably why many of the people who post on these forms are retired individuals who no longer work under the constraints of a government or corporate structures which prevents them from expressing their personal opinions. It is just another perk of retirement, ha ha.

HwyRovr

KADE, it would appear as if the paper is, at long last, monitoring and deleting comments that are little more than personal attacks, The usual suspects in posting such trash include VA172, JVW, Deaton and, on occasion, myself. I salute this turn-around and welcome the changes. The best so far appears to be the banning of one particularly tiresome individual a week or so ago.

JVW

rovR. And yes we have once again went full circle in the Lefty mind "The Victim"



Maybe try the Race card next. Pathetic!


HwyRovr

"gone". And thank you for proving my point.

VA172

What point is that?


JVW

"went"


VA172

Be careful Hwy, you may be the next one banned here. Your constant attacks on conservatives and negativity here will eventually be you demise. You are far worse than the 3 of us put together. Honestly, the best thing that the Havasu News could do is the same as the Kingston Miner. Eliminate the comments section. By the way, you have had your fair share deleted also.


HwyRovr

"your". And when it comes to personal attacks the three of you lead the pack, now that the other fool is gone. Tell us why the Havasu News would emulate a Jamaican newspaper? And what point are you attempting to make with the, "you have had your fair share deleted also." I am aware of that and do not have a problem with it. Try to keep up.


VA172

Getting angry Hwy?


Can Of Corn

Who's gone!!! You metal midget!


VA172

Hwy, the pack is growing.


Can Of Corn

Yeah not so fast 🥫of🌽!!!! It is simply amazing you think you're someone of substance in here. I am way smarter than you, and this biased FAKE NEWS newspaper. Let the onslaught continue!!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣


HwyRovr

"mental"

Can Of Corn

Mental - You would know


JVW

rovR. Can of Corn has made a lot of progress with you. Good to admit you're Mental and to know the correct spelling. Monumental moments.


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JVW

Illegal Immigrants. We have Laws


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JVW

rovR. Picking and choosing the Laws you want to follow. Don't forget Illegal in your sentence


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HwyRovr

Would you please point out what makes you think I have, "...taken a deep dive into (my) bag of insults...". Be specific. And I would like your take on a politician who refuses to represent all of the American people? Come on Commander, justify such a person to the rest of us.


KADE

There is only two Ss in ChriStopherSon. And I’m the Founder of KADE, not President, although once a board is formed, I’ll likely become President of that. Just clarifying some facts. Also, as stated above it wasn’t the County Democratic Party... as this is not nor should it ever be a partisan issue. It is a humanitarian issue, one which begs ALL humans are treated with the same decency and respect and afforded the same protections and rights.



And preemptively, before you rise the question of Ms. Gillete’s Rights it is my belief and a slogan around KADE, “we are under no obligation to tolerate intolerance”.

deaton

So Mr/Ms. KADE, do you associate or agree with the open borders crowd? Do you want ICE, CBP, and US Border Patrol abolished? Just curious? Deaton the DOT

HwyRovr

Ignore Commander DOT, he's been off his meds for about a week now. Makes him say really stupid things - well stupider than usual.


KADE

Thank you Mr. DOT for your question... (I’m not sure what DOT stands for, I hope it’s not something derogatory).



That is an extremely nuanced conversation, and this isn’t the proper forum or conversation for that topic. If you are truly interested in my personal position or the position that KADE takes on immigration and immigration enforcement, then please look KADE up on FaceBook, and we can arrange for a face to face conversation.



And it’s Ms. Christopherson, I am the Founder of KADE (Kingman Area Diversity Endeavor), KADE is not an individual, but rather a community building organization.

deaton

Ms. Christopherson, “DOT” is an acronym for “Defender or Devotee of Trump” This is the term used by Rovr to disparage anyone here who comments and who has opinions he disagrees with. Since he has an intense dislike of me, I have taken on that title with pride. I like that “Mr. DOT”, However, my name is Dave Eaton. A few here in Comments have taken on the task of “trolling” Rovr for passive entertainment. Rovr claims to be a wounded Vietnam Vet, and Marine. Also a published author who has books in the library. Rovr can be quite inventive with the insults and disparaging labels he attaches to various comments posted here and can be hilarious at times. Rovr seems to be off his meds today, he is certainly in high gear with hate for the President. Mr. DOT! Also I’ll check out KADA FB page


deaton

Ms. Christopherson, I checked your FB page or wall and your FB wall for KADE. I think you and I would have very little in common and not much of a basis for conversation. Mr. DOT! NOW BRING IT ON ROVR!


VA172

Deaton, I sent you a message on FB. I think you and I could meet for breakfast sometime.

MCDCC

Just to set the record straight, of the 6 people who spoke only two are registered Democrats. No one who spoke ever mentioned their political party position. Let's not let Gould make this a party issue. Gillette and Gould both should be removed.

KADE

I’m also a registered Democrat.

HwyRovr

Thank you KADE and MCDCC for the clarification. Leave it to the DOT's to - as always - misrepresents the facts - of any issue.

JVW

rovR. Don't thank him yet! He will figure you out in 2 days. You'll be bashing him too.


KADE

Good day Rovr any idea why so many comments have been deleted?

Can Of Corn

Same old - same old....eeeeh 🥫of🌽. I'm back!!!! Let the onslaught continue!!!


HavasuGuy

You know that Gould would try and deflect on this, he's the moron that appointed her! Mohave county has been getting a bad name lately, I wonder why?


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HwyRovr

Uhh, I am not on CNN! And still you call me a "Moron." And yes I "want to ask questions." I am still curious why you find it acceptable for a politician to refuse to represent every American? If you could stop spewing spittle all over your screen as you attack and insult me it would be interesting to see your reasons for accepting an obviously bigoted politician.


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VA172

Hwy "created".

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HwyRovr

Yeah, I failed to spell-check. “Crated” for created, but I fail to see where I left out a word, but then ignorant DOTs are known for putting in trash where it does not belong. Sorry it ruined your sad little day. But tell me, do you feel I am incorrect? Perhaps she should have been asked directly, "Do you truly believe what you posted?" If yes, dismiss her at once. How about that? And BTW, I honestly do not care if Jesus loves me or not.

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HwyRovr

Let's make this easy so that even a DOT can get it. "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.” ― Daniel Patrick Moynihan


Mr Lemons

“This is America,” she posted. “This is a Christian nation. I like it like that. It’s what we have always been and what we were meant to be. We have to fight for our country and America. We must stop the minorities from coming here and trying to change us.”



I would remove her, not for being a "racist" (a word that almost has no meaning anymore because of overuse in today's political climate), but for being ignorant and inarticulate. She has to be the most unaware person in Mohave County if she thinks that as a public official she can continue to post her personal opinions on social media without public consequences.



That being said, I understand what she is TRYING to say.

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