County officials face stiff competition to keep positions in fall

KINGMAN – The three Mohave County supervisors and the county superintendent of schools will face challengers in the September primary or November general election.

Candidates for six other county offices are running unopposed.

Nineteen candidates, including 11 running for the three supervisor seats, filed by the 5 p.m.

deadline Wednesday at the Mohave County Elections Department in Kingman so that their names will appear on the upcoming ballots.

The Democratic and Republican primaries are scheduled for Sept.

7, and the general election is set for Nov.

2.

District 1 Supervisor Pete Byers of Kingman and District 2 Supervisor Tom Sockwell of Bullhead City each face three challengers, and District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson of Lake Havasu City will contend with two challengers in the Republican primary.

Johnson is seeking his third four-year term, and Byers and Sockwell are running for re-election for the first time.

Byers faces Richard Basinger, a former deputy county attorney who lives in Kingman, in the Republican primary.

The winner will face Democrat Ken Dunn of Kingman and Independent John Ford of Dolan Springs, a former field representative for Sockwell who also ran against Sockwell in the Republican primary in 2000.

In the Republican primary, Sockwell faces Jim Jones, a Fort Mojave resident who ran against Sockwell as a Democrat in 2000.

The Republican candidate who receives the most votes will face one of two Democrats, Jacquie Jessie, a former member of the City Council in Bullhead City, or Richard O'Connor Jr.

of Golden Valley.

Johnson faces fellow Republicans Dick Elewaut and Richard Zalewski, both of Lake Havasu City, in the primary.

Johnson's district will no longer include Golden Valley.

The supervisors a few years ago voted to redraw their districts because of the 2000 federal census, but the new boundaries do not take effect until after the elections this year.

Under reapportionment, Byers' new district takes in Chloride, Dolan Springs and White Hills, which are now part of District 2.

The supervisors changed the boundaries of District 2 to include Golden Valley.

The only other candidate who faces a challenger is county Superintendent of Schools Mike File of Kingman.

File, who is running for his third term, faces a challenge in the Republican primary from educator Margaret Nyberg of Lake Havasu City.

In races for other county offices, six Republicans, all of Kingman, are running unopposed.

Recorder Joan McCall, Sheriff Tom Sheahan and Superior Court Judge Bob Moon of Division 5 are running for re-election.

County Attorney Matt Smith, who has been appointed to his post, is running to keep the job.

Lee Fabrizio, a retired FBI agent who ran unsuccessfully for the state House of Representatives in 2002, is seeking the office being vacated by county Treasurer Dora Goodmiller of Kingman.

Chief Deputy Assessor Ron Nicholson is trying to replace his boss, Bev Payne, a Kingman Republican who is not seeking re-election but plans to continue to work for the assessor's office.

Moon is running unopposed for re-election to the judgeship for the second time.

County residents seeking to participate in the primary must register by Aug.

9 if they are not already registered to vote, Elections Director Allen Tempert said.