KINGMAN - The election cycle for 2012 has already started. According to the Mohave County Elections Department, 10 people have filed preliminary paperwork to run for various local offices.
This early filing shows the candidate intends to create a committee to look at the possibility of running. A number of incumbents are among those showing interest in running for office, including Sheriff Tom Sheahan and County Attorney Matt Smith.
Sheahan has served nearly 16 years as Mohave County Sheriff and has served in law enforcement for more than 40 years. He started the Sheriff's Volunteer Posse and Boating Safety Officer program and expanded the Sheriff's Office K-9 Program.
Smith has served as Mohave County Attorney for nearly eight years and has worked in the office for more than 21 years.
Ron Nicholson has filed for county assessor. Nicholson has served as the Mohave County Assessor for nearly eight years and has worked in the assessor's office for 15 years.
Carol Meier has filed for county recorder. She was elected to office in 2008. She worked for the County Assessor's Office for 24 years and for the state of Arizona for three years.
Mike Hays filed for sheriff, but has since dropped out of the race.
Mike File filed for county school superintendent. He has served as the county's superintendent for nearly 16 years. He holds a teacher certificate, as well as a principal and superintendent's certificate. He has also served as a district principal and superintendent for seven years.
Rick Williams filed for division V superior court judge. He was elected to the bench in 2008.
Cindy Cox and Melissa Havatone have both filed for county treasurer.
Cox has served in the treasurer's office for a number of years as an accountant.
Havatone was elected to office in 2008 and has served in the treasurer's office in a variety of positions for more than 28 years.
Several people in the last few weeks have also announced their intentions to run for federal, state and local offices.
Sharon Holmes, a Kingman resident, and Roy Hagemyer, a Bullhead City resident, have announced their intentions to run for the Board of Supervisors. Patti Lewis and Rick Sherwood are also said to be considering running for the Board.
Hildy Angius, a Bullhead City resident, has filed for the Board of Supervisors.
Arizona state Sen. Ron Gould will not seek re-election due to term limits.
Dr. Kelli Ward announced her decision to run for the Arizona Senate on Aug. 20. Ward is a family medicine physician who has lived in Lake Havasu for the past 12 years. Ward has served as the president of several medical organizations, including the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA), Arizona Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) and the national Student Osteopathic Medical Association. Ward is a strong advocate for education. She is currently the director of Graduate Medical Education at Kingman Regional Medical Center and cares for patients in the emergency departments at both Havasu Regional Medical Center and KRMC.
Bullhead City resident Doug McKee has announced his intention to fill Jon Kyl's seat in the U.S. Senate. He will be running against the following fellow Republicans: Wil R. Cardon, the CEO of a real estate investment firm, current U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake and former Youngstown mayor Bryan Hackbarth.
McKee lists himself as a constitutional conservative Republican on his website. He supports a balanced budget amendment, paying down the national debt, cutting spending, eliminating regulations that stifle small business, securing the border and enforcing immigration laws, lowering taxes to bring overseas businesses home and state sovereignty.
Flake has represented the Sixth District of Arizona since 2001, serving on the House Committee on Appropriations. The Sixth District includes parts of Mesa and Chandler and all of Gilbert, Queen Creek, and Apache Junction. He was named Executive Director of the Goldwater Institute in 1992. He advocates for a stronger border, healthcare and government reform, spending cuts, better education and a better transportation system.
Cardon lists himself on his website as a conservative Republican who opposes higher taxes, amnesty for illegal immigrants and earmarks. He supports spending cuts, securing the border and is pro-life and pro-traditional marriage.
Hackbarth has website up but no information has been posted on it yet.
Five-term incumbent Trent Franks is running for U.S. House of Representatives again. He is an active member of the Republican Study Committee and is an Executive Committee Member of the Tom Lantos Congressional Human Rights Commission.
Candidates for office have until May 30 to file their petitions to run for office. The 2012 primary election is Aug. 28. The 2012 general election is Nov. 6.