Candidates in contested primary for judge raise, spend the most
The two candidates seeking a superior court judgeship in the Republican primary Sept.
10 have raised and spent more than other candidates for Mohave County offices to be decided by Kingman-area voters.
Charlotte Wells, who has served on the Division 1 bench in Bullhead City since April 1, has raised $19,624 and spent $17,276, according to financial statements on file with the Mohave County Elections Department.
Her challenger, Bullhead City attorney Chuck Gurtler Jr., has raised $9,582 and spent $6,084.
Wells, Gurtler and other candidates for county offices filed their financial reports by the deadline at 5 p.m.
Candidates are required to submit the documents unless they signed and adhered to threshold statements in which they committed themselves to raising and spending no more than $500.
Wells, a Kingman resident who served as Kingman city attorney for 10 years before Gov.
Jane Hull appointed her to a judgeship vacancy in February, loaned her campaign $17,799.
She received $1,785 in contributions, including $250 from Dona Belle Ortlund of Mesa.
Gurtler reported $6,350 in individual contributions.
His financial statement listed several donors who contributed $340: Jan Barrios, Cory Elliott and Dianne McAlister, Delores and Thomas Griffin, all of Bullhead City; Pat Burright of Fort Mojave; Douglas Elliott of Anaheim, Calif.; and Thomas Balames of Troy, Mich.
He also reported receiving $300 from Dr.
Chuck Gurtler of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and $270 from Kingman car dealer Martin Swanty.
The winner of the primary will be elected automatically because no Democrats filed to run for the seat in the Nov.
5 general election.
Other incumbents and challengers are running unopposed in their partisan primaries but face Democratic or Republican opponents in the general election.
Statements from other campaigns showed:
• Eunice "E.B." Blevins, a Kingman Republican seeking re-election as Cerbat Precinct constable, raised $2,097 and spent $1,672.
She loaned her campaign $1,972.
• Blevins' opponent, Democrat Paul Mauser of the Kingman area, raised $1,342 and spent $609.
He gave his campaign $915.
• Don Martin, a Kingman Republican running for Kingman Precinct constable, has raised more and outspent the Democratic incumbent, Pam Bibich.
Martin raised about $3,436 and spent $3,031.
He loaned his campaign $3,412.
Bibich, of Kingman, reported raising $1,500 and spening about $48.
She gave her campaign $1,000.
•Al Schneider Jr., a Kingman-area Democrat running for Cerbat Precinct justice of the peace, raised $491 and spent about $442.
His opponent, incumbent Republican John Taylor of Kingman, filed a campaign threshold statement.