GOLDEN VALLEY - Ballots for the Golden Valley Fire District recall election of board member Rhonda Brooks started being mailed to voters last Thursday, with the all-mail ballot election concluding at 7 p.m. May 19.
Brooks has one challenger for her seat on the board. Earlene Mahar, who ran for one of the two vacancies on the governing board in 2014, gathered the necessary signatures to get on the ballot for the recall election.
Mahar lost that election to current board members Paul Gorham and Jack Hommel.
As a reminder to voters from the Mohave County Elections department, Deputy Elections Director Betty Vernon issued these remarks on the recall ballot:
"The recall election ballot has three sections to it. The first section contains the reasons as set forth in the recall petition for demanding the officer's recall. The second section is the officer's justification of his or her conduct in office. The third section is the office and setup for election and the number of positions to fill," said Vernon via email.
According to statute, once the petition to recall is verified, the person in office will have his or her name automatically included on the ballot as a candidate to fill the vacant position.
At this point, both Brooks and Mahar are running as candidates for a vacated position on the board. The ballot mailed to voters will show both Earlene Mahar and Rhonda Brooks as candidates, with a blank space for write-ins.
"You are not recalling someone," stressed Allen Tempert, elections director at the Mohave County Elections Department. "You are choosing who to fill a vacated position."
Tempert also made clear that, while the position is considered "vacated" for the sake of the election, Brooks is still a member of the board and will still be able to carry out her duties throughout the election.
The winner of the election will serve for the remainder of Brooks's term, which ends in 2016.
Ballots must be received by the Mohave County Registration Department by 7 p.m. May 19. Voters can mail them in or drop them off in person at 700 W. Beale Street in Kingman.
Those who need a replacement ballot can visit the fire district's public training center at 423 Colorado Road from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 19.