Challengers plentiful as filing period ends

Hildy Angius only incumbent county supervisor who is running unopposed

KINGMAN - Mohave County District 2 Supervisor Hildy Angius is the only member of the board who didn't draw an opponent in the general election.

"Yippee!" said Angius when contacted Thursday, the day after the candidate filing deadline. "Yeah, that was nice. I think I fulfilled my campaign promise and, yeah, I was very pleased I had no opponent. I think it's because I'm honest and I think it's because I say what I will do and do it and people trust me."

Angius, of Bullhead City, said the lack of an opponent will give her time to help candidates she supports get elected, including Buckeye City Councilman and Pastor Ray Strauss, who will challenge U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar in Arizona's Congressional District 4.

District 1 Supervisor Gary Watson, of Kingman, and fellow Republican Jeffery Jolly will face off in the Aug. 30 primary election. Whomever prevails will face the winner of the Democratic primary - Janice Palmer or Denise Bensusan.

District 4 Supervisor and board Chairwoman Jean Bishop, a Kingman Republican, drew the most opponents. She faces three Republicans in the primary - Rich Armstrong and Krystal Gabrielson of Golden Valley and Mervyn Pitchfork Freedom, of Kingman. The winner takes on Democrat John-Jack Ehrhardt, of Kingman, in the Nov. 8 general election.

Buster Johnson, the longtime District 3 supervisor, is challenged by three other Lake Havasu City Republicans: Martin R. Brown, Gary Kellogg and George Schnittgrund.

With all five seats up for election, Angius could be the only current supervisor to stay put.

Republican Steve Moss, the District 5 supervisor from Ft. Mohave, faces Lake Havasu City Republican Sue Donohue. Donohue was appointed and just completed Kelli Ward's term in the state Senate.

Sheriff

One of the most competitive campaigns of the election is undoubtedly the open sheriff's race. Incumbent Jim McCabe will retire at the end of the year after taking over for popular longtime Sheriff Tom Sheahan in the summer of 2014.

All six of the candidates are Republicans and five of them have one level or another of law enforcement experience.

They are: Joe Archie, longtime Lake Havasu City officer, now retired; John Gillette, a former Illinois police officer and active duty soldier, of Kingman; Rodney Head, McCabe's chief deputy and former longtime Bullhead City Police chief; Cori Merryman, an 8-year veteran of the Mohave County Sheriff's office, Lake Havasu City; John Plough, a Ft. Mohave businessman; and Doug Schuster, a former MCSO sergeant with more than two decades of service before he retired a year ago.

Other county races

Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith, a Republican who lives in Kingman, runs unopposed.

Treasurer Cindy Landa Cox, a Republican who lives in Kingman, runs unopposed.

School Superintendent Michael File, a Kingman Republican, runs unopposed.

Current Chief Deputy Recorder Kristi Blair, a Republican, faces Kingman Republican Kim Stewart and James Zaborsky, a Bullhead City Republican, for the office of Recorder. Former Recorder Carol Meier died in February.

Republicans Nancy Esquibel, of Kingman; Jeanne Kentch, Lake Havasu City; and Steven Robinson, Golden Valley, seek the open assessor position. The incumbent, Ron Nicholson, died Sunday in Henderson.

The only Mohave County Superior Court judge to have a race this year is Rick Williams, District 5, who is unopposed.

Legislature

Sonny Borrelli and Ron Gould, two Lake Havasu City Republicans, will duke it out over the District 5 Senate seat Kelli Ward vacated in December to campaign full-time for U.S. Senate.

Rep. Gina Cobb, R-Kingman; Sam Medrano of Bullhead City; Paul Mosley, Lake Havasu City; and Jennifer Jones, Quartzsite in La Paz County; are running for one of two open state House of Representatives District 5 seats.

Federal Campaigns

Ward, who seeks to unseat longtime U.S. Senator John McCain, must also contend with Phoenix Republican businessman Alex Meluskey. The winner of the Republican primary faces Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick in the Nov. 8 general election, along with Frank Tamburri, the Libertarian candidate.

While Angius' candidate Strauss takes on Gosar in the U.S. House District 4 race in the primary, the winner will face perennial candidate Mikel Weisser, of Golden Valley, in the general.