Kingman mayor, Council seats up for grabs in today's primary election

Richard Anderson (left) and Erin Cochran

Richard Anderson (left) and Erin Cochran

KINGMAN - The face of city government will change no matter who wins today's Kingman mayoral election. Either first term City Council member Richard Anderson or first term City Councilwoman Erin Cochran will emerge victorious. The other will be, in the vernacular of sporting tournaments, one and done.

One, two or three of six candidates for City Council can win three open seats outright today - or all six could stick it out until the Nov. 4 General Election. It all depends on voters.

The candidates for the nonpartisan office are: Mark Abram, Carol Decker-Noli, incumbent Jen Miles, Janice Palmer, Kent Simmons and Stuart Yocum.

Mohave County voters will also help elect a new supervisor. Seven Republicans and a Democrat seek the District 4 seat currently filled by Jean Bishop, who was appointed to finish the term of the late Joy Brotherton earlier this year.

The Republicans are: Bishop, Bob Boyd, Al DiCicco, Bill Keller, Travis Lingenfelter, Jack E. Pozenel and Ted Roper. The Democrat they will face in the general election is Jack Ehrhardt.

The odds are strong residents will wake up tomorrow with a new Mohave County Superior Court Judge.

Current Commissioner Court Judge Derek Carlisle faces off against civil attorney Phil Krueger.

The men seek to fill a vacancy left by the impending retirement of Division 2 Judge Randall Bartlett. No other superior court judge faces an opponent and neither does the court clerk.

Seven candidates, five Republicans and two Democrats, seek one of two District 5 seats in the Arizona House of Representatives.

The Republicans are: incumbent Sonny Borrelli, Lake Havasu City; Dr. Gina Cobb, Kingman; Jennifer Jones, Quartzite; Sam Medrano, Bullhead City; and George Schnittgrund of Lake Havasu City. The top two advance to face Democrats Joseph "Joe" Longoria of Kingman and Beth Weisser of Golden Valley in the November general election.

Incumbent Doris Goodale, Kingman, will not seek another term.

State Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, does not have an opponent. U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Republicans, do not have elections this year and U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar does not have a primary opponent. Mikel Weisser will face Gosar in the general election after losing to him two years ago.

There are also local races for justice of the peace - Mervyn Pitchfork Freedom challenged Justice of the Peace John Taylor. The constables for both the Cerbat and Kingman districts involve Ray Cullison and Debbie Francis, who vie for the Cerbat position, while Neal Hickerson challenged incumbent Mike Cobb.

At the state level, the crowded race for governor will slim down considerably after today.

With Gov. Jan Brewer stepping down, the GOP candidates are: Mike Aloisi, Secretary of State Ken Bennett; Treasurer Doug Ducey; attorney Christine Jones; write-in candidate Alice Lukasik; former U.S. Rep. Frank Riggs; former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith; and former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

Embattled Attorney General Tom Horne is in the fight of his political career against Mark Brnovich and there are also executive office elections for Arizona Secretary of State, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Corporation Commission and Mines Inspector.

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