Tonopah Residents Fighting Hickman's Egg Farm Go After Clint Hickman's Campaign

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A Clint Hickman campaign sign on a golf cart in Sun City.
Tonopah residents who are fighting a new Hickman's Family Farms facility in the town are taking the fight to Clint Hickman, a co-owner of the company and Maricopa County Supervisor.

A lawsuit filed against Hickman alleges that some of the signs used by Hickman in his re-election campaign -- featuring the shape of an egg -- are akin to a company directly influencing a campaign. The lawsuit asks that Hickman be removed from the ballot, and actually removed from office.

"Someone on that Board [of Supervisors] needs to be able to represent us," Tonopah resident Linda Williams tells New Times.

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-Residents Trying to Stop the Building of a 2-Million-Chicken Hickman's Factory

Although Williams didn't file the lawsuit, she supports it, and she's part of the coalition of Tonopah residents who have sued over the new Hickman's facility in town.

The citizens' group, calling themselves Save Tonopah Oppose Poultry Plant (STOPP), have filed a lawsuit with the intention of having a county judge declaring the plant a nuisance, and ordering a halt the building of the plant. The lawsuit alleges the facility will generally disrupt the lives of people who reside in Tonopah, an unincorporated community about 50 miles west of downtown Phoenix.

In their fight against the plant, these residents have run into a bit of a conundrum at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. They would want their district's representative to help them fight the plant, but Hickman's their representative. Hickman recuses himself from things related to the company, and Williams says none of the other supervisors seem eager to take up their cause.

"If we would ask anything about the Hickman's issue, they would just say, 'No comment,'" she says.

Hence the targeting of Hickman's campaign.

The relevant part of the state law referenced in the lawsuit says the following:

" . . . it is unlawful for a corporation or a limited liability company to make an expenditure or any contribution of money or anything of value for the purpose of influencing an election, and it is unlawful for the designating individual who formed an exploratory committee, an exploratory committee, a candidate or a candidate's campaign committee to accept any contribution of money or anything of value from a corporation or a limited liability company for the purpose of influencing an election."
The lawsuit alleges the Hickman's logo on the Republican county supervisor's campaign signs is the item of value.

Hickman did not return a message left with his assistant yesterday afternoon.

You can see that the signs don't contain the exact Hickman's logo, but there certainly are similarities, including the choice of font and the presence of the egg.

It probably won't get Hickman removed from office, but it appears that these Tonopah residents won't go away quietly.

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15 comments
landisr
landisr

Cage free just means overcrowded buildings full of chickens fighting for a few square inches. What you want is pastured poultry.

anonymous
anonymous

   0nly eat my own chickens eggs ,free range. Them caged eggs,factory farm, hormone eggs will make your little boy want to become a Girl .

Theresa N Dianna Boutin
Theresa N Dianna Boutin

How ironic it is that we just bought these eggs at a Costco in Cali and then I sign on to see this?? Lol

james8394
james8394

I wanted some cottonseed meal for my garden a few years ago and went to the Hickmans in Glendale or Peoria. Just needed a few cubic feet of it to change the soil ph. When I got there and got out of the truck the smell was horrific. Had I been able to find the product in a reasonable amount elsewhere I would have done so. It's not a farm, it's a factory. I'd rather live by a power plant.

timothy.avilla
timothy.avilla

People that do not live next to an industrial facility of this size, and it's NOT a farm, have no idea how it effects the area with the pollution thy produce. This isn't a small farm that has organic free range hens outdoors, laying eggs naturally. The hens are forced to produce eggs in a production environment. they are destroyed in 90 weeks. We live in tonopah to raise fresh food not have to eat factory food.

ushemp1
ushemp1

When will people realize that bacon, lettuce and eggs come from farms before the grocery?

ushemp1
ushemp1

@timothy.avilla Is not Hickman's one of the companies that provide free range chicken eggs no pesticides etc.  This seems to be more political then worried about the environment?  All I heard above was complaints he was a supervisor and running for re-election.  Has he not recuse himself in matters of his company?

racetz39
racetz39

@ushemp1 Please educate yourself before making snide comments like this.  Hickmans is not building a farm, they are building an industrial scale egg manufacturing facility.  In fact, when complete, it will be the largest one in the country.  If you actually came out and looked at the place, you would see rows of huge metal buildings.  There is no sign of an animal or tractor or anything farm related.  We are not opposed to the Hickmans running a business, but we do not think it is morally or ethically correct to come into an established residential area and ruin our way of life.  They will put many existing businesses out of business and drive families out of their homes.  There is so much open land not that much further out, why not build where they can do what they want without impacting our peaceful small community.

timothy.avilla
timothy.avilla

@ushemp1 @timothy.avilla They have a company in California that is cage free.California is cage free now but battery cage chickens are still allowed in Arizona. Our fight with Clint Hickman is that he is overseeing the constuction of his own company in the District that he is the Supervisor over. that is a conflict of interest. He needs to step down or, with this elections complaint, be removed so we can have representation over our district. Clint Hickman is not representing us, he's representing his families interest in the company.


ushemp1
ushemp1

@racetz39 I came here to ask questions to see what is up to educate myself.  I did Farm Aid for years and stand by that statement above.  As I asked another in a different article.  Is there no way to make this place an environmentally safe place?  Does one give up their business once in office?  Can you not have him pulled from office if you think he is doing something criminal?  Is someone else providing more jobs in your area?  FYI there is little open land left to purchase in Arizona.  Also the Gentleman on the other site was way more convincing to upholding your cause by being nice and informative.  Over here in the east side new people who moved in are now offended by dairy farm that has been here for decades.  They should have moved somewhere else not demand the dairy now move.

ushemp1
ushemp1

@timothy.avilla @ushemp1 I hope that many will oversee their own construction.  Does one stop their business once in office?  If not representing the people I am sure you all will not vote him back in.  How many jobs will be lost if this facility is not built?  Do you have have other jobs to provide for your area?  Is there any way to make this facility a more environmentally safe?

eagletailmountain
eagletailmountain

@ushemp1 @racetz39 The people moved next to the dairy. 

Hickman's moved in the middle of us.  The area that the factory is being built was slated to be downtown Tonopah. 

The factory is 1/2 mile from the post office, Saddle Mountain RV park, El Dorado hot springs, truck stop, restaurant, and gas stations plus people that lived there first.

There is also retirement land there where people have bought land for when they retire they could build their retirement homes.

This egg factory has changed the way Tonopah was going.

I'm sure that you would not want to buy property within 5 miles of the place.

TAvilla01
TAvilla01

@ushemp1 @timothy.avilla Clint Hickman is a very poor Supervisor and  does not have anything to do withTonopah. Yes we are doing everything we can to make sure we have a supervisor to represent us. No jobs lost, most of the help is prisoners. I don't believe they have more than 25 jobs available, all low wages they bring no tax advantage or anything else to our community. They won't even join the Fire District and pay fire services. We are presently forming an Incorporation committee and planning for a town. Cafo's are not on the list. Concentrated Animal feeding Operations cannot be Environmentally safe. they are too big and too concentrated. The hickman's took advantage of or unincorporation because towns and cities would not put up with the polution. CAFO's prey on unincorporated area's.

ushemp1
ushemp1

@eagletailmountain @ushemp1 @racetz39 Thank you for your information as well.  I love ILF (intelligent life forms) you can hold a discussion with.  Will pass your and TaVilla01's information.

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