By Tammy Gray
Statewide primary elections are set for Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Three local races will be decided in the primary. They include Holbrook Justice of the Peace, with Evelyn Marez (D) facing off against Robert E. Salabye (D); Winslow Justice of the Peace, with B.J. Little (D) facing off against Ray Rardin (D); and Kayenta Justice of the Peace, with Delphina Clitso-Francis (D) facing off against Susie Nelson (D).
Candidates for other local offices will also appear on the ballot, but they are currently unopposed within their own party. These Navajo County races include Deanne Romo (D), Clerk of the Superior Court; Ralph Hatch (D), Superior Court Judge Division I; Fred Peterson (R), Snowflake Justice of the Peace; Steve Price (R) and Sara Owens (Independent) Show Low Justice of the Peace; David Widmaier (D), Pinetop Justice of the Peace; Phyllis Romo (D) Holbrook Constable; Madeline “Pauline” Hernandez (D), Winslow Constable; Dave Wood (R), Snowflake Constable; Lita Dixon (D), Kayenta Constable; Scott Tipton (R), Show Low Constable; and Ryan Reinhold (D), Pinetop constable.
In addition to making local choices, voters in Navajo County will be narrowing down the field for the Republican candidates for U.S. House of Representatives in District 1, as well as candidates for state offices.
District 1 Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, a Flagstaff Democrat, will face no opposition in the primary election.
Republicans vying for the seat include Gary Kiehne of Eagar, Adam Kwasman of Oro Valley and Andy Tobin of Paulden.
The gubernatorial race has drawn 10 prospective candidates, including John Lewis Mealer of Pinetop, representing the Americans Elect Party, Democrat Fred Duval of Phoenix and Libertarian Barry J. Hess of Glendale.
Republicans seeking the post include Ken Bennett of Phoenix, Doug Ducey of Paradise Valley, Christine Jones of Phoenix, Al Melvin of Saddlebrooke, Frank Riggs of Cave Creek, Scott Smith of Mesa and Andrew P. Thomas of Phoenix.
The name of the late Chester Crandell, who served as the District 6 state senator, will be the only one listed on the Republican ballot for that post in the primary election. Following the primary, the late senator’s spot on the general election ballot will be filled by the party’s precinct committeemen representing the four counties within Legislative District 6, including Navajo, Coconino, Gila and Yavapai. The committeemen will meet and will nominate a candidate of the party’s choice and that candidate’s name will be placed on the ballot for the general election, where he or she will face Tom O’Halleran, a Sedona Independent.
District 6 State Representatives Brenda Barton of Safford and Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff, both Republicans, face no opposition in the primary election, but will face off with Democrat Lanny Morrison of Flagstaff in the general.
The secretary of state race includes Democrat Terry Goddard of Phoenix, and Republicans Wil Cardon and Justin Pierce, both of Mesa, and Michele Reagan of Phoenix.
Attorney General Tom Horne, a Phoenix Republican, will face Mark Brnovich, also of Phoenix, in the primary. Democrat Felecia Rotellini of Phoenix is also seeking the state’s top law enforcement job.
The race for state treasurer will be decided in the Republican primary, which features candidates Jeff DeWitt of Peoria, Hugh Hallman of Tempe and Randy Pullen of Phoenix.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction John F. Huppenthal, a Chandler Republican, will meet Diane M. Douglas of Sun City West in the primary. Democrat candidates for the office are David Garcia and Sharon Thomas, both of Phoenix.
State Mine Inspector Joe Hart, a Kingman Republican, faces no opposition in either the primary election or the general.
The race for two seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission has drawn six candidates, including Democrats Jim Holway and Sandra Kennedy, both of Phoenix, and Republicans Tom Forese of Chandler, Doug Little of Scottsdale, and Lucy Mason and Vernon B. Parker, both of Tempe.
Polling places have been consolidated for the primary election, and voters in many municipalities will report to a single polling place.
All voting in Holbrook will take place at the Catholic Family Center, located at 212 E. Arizona St. Voters who previously reported to city hall will now cast their votes at the family center.
The lone polling place in Winslow will be located at the LDS church social hall, located at 1501 N. Kinsley Ave. Voters who previously cast ballots at the fire station and Bonnie Brennan School will now vote at the LDS church.
Joseph City voters will cast their ballots at the old gym at Joseph City Elementary School.
All voters in Snowflake will report to the Snowflake Social Hall, located at 78 W. Center St. Voters who normally vote at Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church will cast ballots at the social hall.
Taylor Intermediate School, located at 207 N. 500 West, will serve as the lone polling place for Taylor residents. Voters who previously reported to the Taylor Fire Station will now cast their votes at the school.
Voters must show identification in order to cast a ballot. Individuals who have requested early ballots and not yet returned them can drop them off at polling places on election day.
More information regarding the upcoming election, including a complete list of polling places, is available online at www.navajocounty.gov/elections or by calling (928) 524-4062.