Nine incumbents, 5 challengers file for county offices

Nine incumbents for Mohave County offices filed for re-election by the 5 p.m.

deadline Wednesday, and five of them face challenges.

The names of Republican and Democratic candidates who filed will appear on the Sept.

10 primary ballots, unless they are disqualified.

The general election is Nov.


The incumbents and challengers filed during a month-long period that concluded Wednesday by gathering sufficient signatures from registered voters from their parties and submitting other necessary paperwork to the county elections department.

Incumbents and their challengers are:

• Division 1 Judge Charlotte Wells, Republican, of Kingman and challenger Chuck Gurtler Jr., also a Republican, of Bullhead City.

No Democratic candidate filed to oppose Wells, who was sworn in as Superior Court Judge in March.

• Superior Court Clerk Virlynn Tinnell, Republican, of Kingman and Republican challenger Toni Yarbrough, also of Kingman.

No Democrats filed for the position.

• Cerbat Precinct Justice of the Peace John Taylor, Republican, of Kingman and Democratic challenger Al Schneider Jr.

of the Butler area.

• Cerbat Precinct Constable Eunice "E.B." Blevins, Republican, of Kingman and Democratic challenger Paul Mauser of the Kingman area

• Kingman Precinct Constable Pam Bibich, Democrat, of Kingman and.

Republican challenger Don Martin of Kingman.

The four incumbents running unopposed, all Republicans, are Kingman Precinct Justice of the Peace Larry Imus of Kingman, Division 2 Superior Court Judge Randy Bartlett of Lake Havasu City, Division 3 Superior Court Judge Steven Conn of Kingman and Division 4 Superior Court Judge James Chavez of Kingman.

Signatures gathered by the candidates and their dates of filing were:

• Bibich, 302, Monday

• Bartlett, 1,310, Tuesday

• Blevins, 269, Monday

• Chavez, 866, June 5

• Conn, 854, Wednesday

• Gurtler, 1,195, Tuesday

• Imus, 196, Monday

• Martin, 249, Wednesday

• Mauser, 211, June 6

• Schneider, 302, Monday

• Taylor, 374, Tuesday

• Tinnell, 1,059, Monday

• Wells, 1,220, Wednesday

• Yarbrough, 724, Wednesday

Superior court judges and the clerk are elected countywide, while justices of the peace and constables cover jurisdictions set according to their precinct boundaries.

Because of an increase in population and caseload, county officials carved out the Cerbat Precinct from the Kingman Precinct during the election four years ago.

The signature requirements were greater for Republican candidates because the Grand Ole Party outnumbers Democrats.

The requirements were:

• Countywide offices – 491 to 2,453 signatures for Democrats and 711 to 3,553 signatures for Republicans

• Justice of the peace and constable for the Kingman Precinct – 87 to 434 for Democrats and 124 to 618 for Republicans

• Cerbat Precinct justice of the peace and constable – 95 to 475 for Democrats and 119 to 592 for Republicans

Candidates who filed statements of political organizations, meaning they plan to raise and spend more than $500, are required to file two campaign spending statements before the Sept.

10 primary, on June 30 and Aug.