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11/30/2011 6:00:00 AM
Candidate list growing for district supervisors

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The list of candidates for the Board of Supervisors continues to grow especially in the newer districts.

The county Elections Department submitted the map of the new county supervisors district to the Department of Justice earlier this month. It is unknown when the districts will be approved.

District 4 now has nine candidates running for office. The district includes the western half of Kingman, Golden Valley, Oatman, Chloride, Dolan Springs, Meadview and White Hills.

The candidates running for the district include former County Planning and Zoning Commissioner Earl Hamlyn, current Planning and Zoning Commissioner Rick Sherwood, real estate agent Joy Brotherton, general contractor Bob Boyd, independent James Clark, jewelry salesman Curtis Cutshaw, educator Norty Turchen, Mohave County resident Tanya Smith and Hualapai Nation Planning and Economic Development Director Jack Ehrhardt.

District 1 includes the eastern half of Kingman, the Arizona Strip north of the Grand Canyon, Wikieup, Hackberry, Valentine, Truxton and Peach Springs.

Three people are running against incumbent Gary Watson: Democrat Denise Bensusan, county Public Works employee Jerry Sides and local developer Travin Pennington.

The race for the new District 5 seat is also collecting a number of candidates. District 5 includes Fort Mohave, South Mohave Valley, Golden Shores, Topock, Yucca and the northern part of Lake Havasu City.

Candidates for District 5 include businessman Roy Hagemyer, former County Planning and Zoning Commissioner Sue Donahue, Emma Jean Watson, attorney Steven Moss, Gregory Branson and Joseph Morabito.

Two candidates are running against incumbent Tom Sockwell in District 2, Hildy Angius and former Bullhead Fire Department Public Information Officer Larry Tunforss. District 2 includes Bullhead City and a large area north of the city.

Current Board Chairman Buster Johnson is running unopposed in District 3, which includes the southern half of Lake Havasu City and a large area in the southern part of the county.

Running for another term in office and unopposed are current County Assessor Ron Nicholson, current County Attorney Matt Smith, County Recorder Carol Meier, County Sheriff Tom Sheahan, School Superintendent Mike File and Division 5 Superior Court Judge Rich Williams. Cindy Cox is challenging incumbent Melissa Havatone for the County Treasurer's seat.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011
Article comment by: Rob Dowd

Regarding the list of possible candidates for district 5 supervisor , I would like to add my comments about Roy Hagemyer.
I have known Roy for approxiametly 35 years and have found him to be an extremely hard working and honest man. Roy has always put his family, friends, and church at the top of his list. and recently, at the risk of losing his job, took on the Mohave Valley Elementary School district to find out why the air conditioners were NOT WORKING on the school buses during the hottest part of the year. This fight was well documented in the area newspapers,. the end result was the district fixing the problem, resulting in the two people responsible, to quit their jobs.
Roy also ran against Tom Sockwell in the last election as a write in candidate, but due to some rather shady election rules he did not win ( why did the election board ALLOW an early election office to be opened in the county building approx. TWENTY FEET from Tom Sockwells office? ) when Roy was NOT ALLOWED to park his truck at the far west end of the parking lot with HIS campaign signs on it? ( Tom had the COUNTY attorney draft a letter asking Roy to leave the premises)
State voting laws state that any write in candidates name be placed in a "CONSPICUOUS LOCATION".I had to ask where it was posted and I was directed to a wall almost 30 feet away from the sign in table and the lettering on the form was about the size of the print you are now reading.
This is just a few of the things our county is allowing to happen, and like our Federal Government, we need to clean house and get rid of all incumbents.
I don't know all of the persons running for district five, but I do know there are a couple that have been involved in local politics and committees and this alone would stop me from voting for them. Study your candidates and their accomplishments and vote.
I personally would like to recommend Roy for a person I feel would do the job for everyone in this area. He is not now, nor has he ever been, an elected office holder, therefore, I consider him one of us, the REAL people.

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011
Article comment by: Ownership of candidates?

I'm going to vote for someone that will never become what I call a politician and who is not backed by certain peoples ill gotten gain!

They should really make these folks running for office disclose who they take money from as they go through the election process.

All must be willing to share that information up front. Ask all of them where their money is coming from. You might be surprised at the backers and what they will expect for their contributions.

Some have been chosen to run specifically by particular notorious rich folks.

I wont vote for developers either, no realtors, developers and people appointed to boards by the current incompetent officials will not get my vote either.

Ask where these candidates money is coming from as they go before you cast a vote. You might be really surprised at where the money comes from! Notorious people who have gained financial superiority by suing certain entities that utilized your tax dollars in paying out the law suit. You know who they are.

These folks who have been enriched by law suits will now own some of these gentleman candidates should they be elected. The only way they will be elected is through these rich folks ill gotten gain! Think about it!

You also have candidates who have relocated to a certain area just to specifically run for that areas BOS. One gentleman even had to wait a certain amount of days to register to run because he did not live in that area at the time. He was chosen by a certain person to run in that area.

Makes you wonder doesn't it?

Makes you want to have many questions answered?

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011
Article comment by: Seemore Junk

Now the paper say Cutshaw is a jewelry sales person. Guess he'd like us to forget his past as a used car sales person. I just can't see any good coming to district 4 by bringing in a hype man who will by nature try to sell us a bill of goods. No doubt Curtis is smarter than the current BOS but that just means he will smile more when he starts to sell. Once a sales person always a sales person. How about a people person for district #4?

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011
Article comment by: Jim Thomas

I have heard and read and do know a few of the candidates. I can honestly say I have heard nothing negative about Pennington in district #1 or Branson in #5. They may meet the criteria I was using of no good ol boys or gals and no one with blind allegiance to any political party. If you are in either of the two groups I mentioned of course your not going to agree with the names I threw out. It has been political partisanship and old money which has brought this county into the festering time warp it is now.

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011
Article comment by: Ronald Reagan Would BE Proud

@ nice associations.
Mr. Thomas has a great point, none of those people he picked have ties to or associations that would lead you to distrust them. Those that are well connected will do nothing but what they are told to. We will suffer the same misguided government we see today. Do you know any of the people he mentioned? Have you taken the time to investigate any of them? You might want to do some homework prior to making statements about something you know little about. I think Mr. Thomas has made an informed statement about this election.

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011
Article comment by: Jim Thomas

@ nice association

You misunderstand I think. I did not pick this group, I said they meet certain qualifications. I call them as I see them and it great that you do also. Have you noticed any group of candidates that fit any particular set of qualifications? Just wondering.

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011
Article comment by: Mike Jones

What are you talking about Jim, he votes against pay raises for the county and you guys love him, he votes for a dress code you guys hate him. The guy can't win no matter what.

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011
Article comment by: jist me a sittin in my volcano

jim, jim, jim your either delusional and need people to do your thinking or you are a democrat. i do apologize for calling you such a rotten name.

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011
Article comment by: nice associations

Jim, you've got to be kidding, right? I would no more vote for that group that you picked than I would believe anything you had to say. [Deleted]. There is not the least bit of information out there that would justify your thinking or selection. It's people like you that got us the administration that we currently enjoy(sic).

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011
Article comment by: DV s

GOOD....We finally have some competition...

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Article comment by: Jim Thomas

I pity district three and the county if we can't get Buster out.
I think a good deal of the voting public wants new people with
no strings attached. No good ol boys or gals and no one with uncompromising blind allegiance to any political party. With that general thought in mind the names that seem to stick out are: District #1 Bensusan District #2 Anguis District#3 "big trouble" District#4 Boyd and District #5 Hagemyer

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