Local, state races fill midterm ballot

Republican sweep is in the Arizona forecast, Ducey predicts

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Sen. John McCain, center, spoke on behalf of Republican candidate for governor Doug Ducey, third from left, and other candidates at Mr. D’z Diner in Kingman on Monday afternoon. Sen. Jeff Flake, far left, was also on hand, as were, District 5 state Rep. Sonny Borrelli and Dr. Gina Cobb, a candidate for the district’s second seat, far right. U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, state Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu, and Secretary of State candidate Michele Reagan also attended the spirited gathering that was attended by dozens.

DOUG McMURDO/Miner<BR> Sen. John McCain, center, spoke on behalf of Republican candidate for governor Doug Ducey, third from left, and other candidates at Mr. D’z Diner in Kingman on Monday afternoon. Sen. Jeff Flake, far left, was also on hand, as were, District 5 state Rep. Sonny Borrelli and Dr. Gina Cobb, a candidate for the district’s second seat, far right. U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, state Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu, and Secretary of State candidate Michele Reagan also attended the spirited gathering that was attended by dozens.

KINGMAN - The only poll that matters takes place today as voters cast ballots in the 2014 midterm election.

Here in Kingman, voters already chose their next mayor and two of three council members in the Aug. 26 primary, when Mayor-elect Richard Anderson, Councilwoman Jen Miles and Mark Abram, general manager of Frontier Communications, received enough votes to win seats outright.

That leaves Kent Simmons and Stuart Yocum on the City Council ballot.

Regionally, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, and Golden Valley Democrat Mikel Weisser will square off in the U.S. Fourth Congressional District race. Voters certainly don't have to look far to see what separates these two as Gosar is a conservative in good standing with the tea party and Weisser is a progressive liberal.

Two seats are available in the race for the statehouse, with incumbent Rep. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City and Dr. Regina Cobb of Kingman taking on Democrats Joe Longoria and Beth Weisser.

Borrelli and Cobb are running as a team for two seats in District 5 of the Arizona House of Representatives after both ran away from three Republican competitors in the primary.

In another key race, Mohave County Supervisor Jean Bishop takes on Democrat Jack Ehrhardt after she handily defeated several Republicans in the August primary. Bishop was appointed the District 4 supervisor following the death of Joy Brotherton earlier this year.

Five candidates will vie for two seats on the Kingman Unified School District Board, with incumbents Charles Lucero and Jeri Lynn Brock challenged by Jimmy Cave, Beth Weisser and Carole Young, who would leave her position as vice mayor of the City Council if elected.

Statewide, the most important race for Mohave County residents is for the governor's office, with Republican Doug Ducey and Democrat Fred Duval hoping to replace Gov. Jan Brewer, who was precluded from running due to term limits.

The latest polls have Ducey the projected winner with between a 5 and 10 percent margin over Duval.

Ducey predicted Republicans would sweep state offices today during a campaign stop in Kingman on Monday. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake encouraged scores of residents who attended the event in front of Mr. D's Diner to not only vote, but to make sure their friends and family vote as well.

McCain also predicted Republicans across the country would do well.

"The polls keep moving in our direction," he said. "We're calling it the Harry Reid Retirement Tour."

Here in Mohave County, Gosar, Borrelli, Cobb and Bishop are overwhelming favorites to win their races if for no other reason than they are Republicans who enjoy a large majority of GOP voters in their respective districts.

The nonpartisan City Council election is up for grabs, with less than 20 votes separating Simmons and Yocum in the August primary.

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