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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.

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