Councilman’s Facebook rant reveals frustration with status quo


KINGMAN – If it were a contest, Kingman City Councilman Travis Lingenfelter might be the frontrunner in the use of social media for political communication.

But it was Councilman Stuart Yocum who drew attention with a Facebook post on Monday, September 11. Yocum went on a rant about inability to move the community forward.


“I’m so frustrated with this town’s lack of progression, and all the self-centered attitudes,” Yocum’s post said. He said a lack of cooperation is keeping Kingman from becoming a better place to live and work.

“This town needs to get its head out of its ass and cooperate better, rather than compete with itself. I’m just about done beating my head up against a brick wall for this place,” Yocum’s post stated before leading some to believe he was prepared to step down.

“I’m too stressed, frustrated, spend far too much time and effort for no reward and only $500 a month to get a target painted on my back, all while just trying to do the right thing for all of us. I don’t have the time energy or money to continue to try to help a place that doesn’t want to help itself.”

The Standard contacted Yocum the day after the post to ask if he was contemplating resignation.

“Oh no. No. Not at all,” Yocum responded. “I am personally vested here trying to do my darndest to do the very best I possibly can on all of our behalf.”

Yocum said it is frustrating to witness progress in nearby Colorado River communities when he believes Kingman has more assets to capitalize upon than do Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City. And he concedes he lacks a fix.

“I don’t know. That’s what we’re all trying to figure out,” Yocum said. “The principle source of my frustration is, what do we do to try and help Kingman.”