KINGMAN – Doris Goodale plans to retire Feb. 10 from the Mohave County Probation Department, but not from a distinguished career in public service.
Goodale confirmed Sunday that she is working to develop an exploratory committee as a first step toward running in the November general election for one of two seats available in District 3 in the state House of Representatives. The district includes Mohave County, northern La Paz County and the city of Page.
Goodale has served since 1987 as assistant chief probation officer in the adult division of the Mohave County Probation Department.
She submitted her letter of resignation, which was accepted, in January, with Feb. 10 to be her retirement date.
Judicial ethics and the judicial code of conduct prevent her from officially announcing her intention to run for any partisan office until her retirement becomes effective or she is in an unpaid leave of absence status, Goodale said.
“Officially, I can say I have signed papers with the secretary of state to develop an exploratory committee regarding working at a seat in the state House of Representatives,” Goodale said.
Goodale has been with the Mohave County Probation Department for 33 years. She also has served the past 20 years as a school board member, currently on the Kingman Unified School District Governing Board, and before that with the old Kingman Elementary School District Governing Board.
“I’ve always served our local community and county and I want to continue to do that,” she said. “I have a strong commitment to rural Arizona, and clearly Mohave County and District 3 need such a presence and representation. I’m very interested in education and the court system. Issues of concern in District 3 are water, immigration, taxation and education.”
The top two vote-getters win the two House seats for District 3 in the November election.
Goodale also plans to run for another four-year term on the KUSD Governing Board in November. She said she has checked with a legal expert with the Arizona School Boards Association and been told that running for a state office and local school board seat is not a conflict of interest.
“Tom Horne, our state Superintendent of Public Instruction, sat on the Paradise Valley School Board for several years while holding an office in the state House of Representatives,” Goodale said.
“Linda Lopez of Nogales also served on her local school board while a member of the state Legislature.”
Growth in Kingman has prompted reconfiguration of schools in the KUSD to be implemented next fiscal year. That and the opportunity to work with Maurice Flores, the new superintendent, on different educational projects make it important for her to run for another term on the school board, Goodale said.