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Voters go to the polls Tuesday

Kingman-area voters go to the polls Tuesday to select candidates for county, statewide and congressional offices and help decide the fate of 14 state ballot measures – if they have not voted already.

Thousands of voters may have cast ballots in advance of the election thanks to the availability of early ballots.

The polls are open from 6 a.m.

to 7 p.m.


The voter registration division of the County Recorder's Office mailed about 12,000 early ballots to voters who requested them, County Recorder Joan McCall said on Friday morning.

She said another 3,000 to 4,000 voters may have requested early ballots in person at the three sites: in Kingman, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City.

"The early voting sites have been terribly busy," McCall said.

McCall said she cannot predict how many of the estimated county 86,000 voters will take part in Tuesday's election, but she hopes turnout will reach 35 to 50 percent.

The Sept.

10 primary drew a countywide turnout rate of about 24.7 percent.

Republican voters then picked Bullhead City attorney Chuck Gurtler Jr.

over the incumbent, Charlotte Wells, to be Superior Court judge for Division 1.

Gurtler will automatically get elected because no Democrat is challenging him in the general election on Tuesday.

His name appears on Tuesday's ballot along with other candidates running unopposed and those being contested.

Three other Superior Court judges ran unopposed in the primary: Randy Bartlett of Division 2 in Lake Havasu City, Steven Conn of Division 3 in Kingman and James Chavez of Division 4 in Kingman, all Republicans.

Kingman Precinct Justice of the Peace Larry Imus and Superior Court Clerk Virlynn Tinnell, both Republicans, ran unopposed in the primary and face no Democratic opponents in the general election.

Voters also will be asked whether to retain a Kingman resident who is running unopposed for Division 1 of the state Court of Appeals: Sheldon Weisberg.

Imus defeated Democrat Al Schneider Sr.

four yeas ago.

Schneider's son, Al Jr., is running as a Democrat against John Taylor, the Republican incumbent who is Imus' counterpart in the Cerbat Precinct.

The constable incumbents in both precincts face challenges Tuesday.

Cerbat incumbent Eunice "EB" Blevins, a Republican, faces Democrat Paul Mauser, and Kingman incumbent Pam Bibich, a Democrat, spars with Republican challenger Don Martin.

Another contested race is the four candidates running for the newly drawn District 3 in the state House of Representatives and two contenders for the Senate seat in the district.

Democrats Matt Capalby and Richard Glancy, both of Kingman, and Republicans Joe Hart of Kingman and Bill Wagner of Bullhead City are running for the two open House seats.

Republican Linda Binder of Lake Havasu City and Jacquie Jessie of Bullhead City are seeking the Senate seat.

The election is important because all candidates elected to the House and Senate will be from Mohave County.

The district covers most of the county and portions of La Paz and Coconino counties.

Kingman-area voters also will pick five candidates to the governing board for the Kingman Unified School District.

Running in the nonpartisan race are incumbents Andra K.

Goldberg, Doris Goodale, Charles J.

Lucero, Jeri Short, Pat Carlin and Michael Cobb and challengers C.

David Cooley and Missy "Doris" Grasser.

The school board currently has more than five members because its board reflects the merger of the Mohave Union, Kingman Elementary and the Chloride school districts.

The county has 73 precincts.

Their locations will be published in the Miner on Monday.

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