Supervisor Rios has both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Arizona State University. Taught Sociology classes at Maricopa Community College District. Besides being a Child Protective Sevices Specialist he served as Director of the Arizona Children's Adoption Program. Rios also operated a small private business in Hayden, Az.
Rios prides himself in being a tough fighter for working families, children, and the elderly. Also advocating for good-paying jobs, economic development, and a clean environment. Historically he has been endorsed by firefighters, law enforcement, teachers, labor organizations, lawyers, nurses, correctional peace officers, realtors and public employees.
"While my opponents talk about what they think they can do for Pinal County, I have been doing it," states Chairman Rios. "I have been actively involved in major economic development projects that will bring hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in payroll and business tax revenues to Pinal County" he states. Projects like Union Pacific's switching yard and employment center near Picacho. Work with Resolution Copper and Congress in trying to balance jobs and healthy environment for hundreds of future good-paying jobs and additional county and state revenues. Working with ASARCO Copper Company to expand operations at the open-pit to sustain and create more mining jobs.. Assisting with the Phoenix Mart that is bringing in millions of dollars in foreign investments to the county. Work on Pinal Airpark to bring in millions in aviation business to the county. Negotiating with Arizona Land Department on the "Superstition Vistas" to ensure planned and orderly growth in Northwest part of the county. Planning and siting future landfills for the county's planned continued growth. Working with the Arizona Department of Transportation on the county's planned North-South Corridor connecting US 60 in the Northern Pinal County to Inter-State 10 in the South. Completion of Pinal County's Comprehensive Plan that plots the county's development future for the next 30 to 50 years, including an element to deal with the physical availability of water. Balancing and streamlining the county budget to hold the line the past two years with no property tax increases and reducing the county property tax rate for this coming fiscal year. Rios says "even during the recession of the past several years, Pinal County continued to be either the second or third fastest growing county in the nation. Thus, it is vitally important to elect and have experienced policy-makers on the Pinal County Board of Supervisors."