Candidates lining up for this year's election
KINGMAN - The field of candidates for various city and county elections has grown crowded.
Erin Cochran and Richard Anderson, both members of the Kingman City Council serving their first terms, are running for the city's top seat now held by Mayor Janet Watson, who will step down at the end of the year.
Watson took over for former Mayor John Salem last summer when he resigned mid-term to care for an ailing parent in the Phoenix area. Tom Carter, a retired businessman, filed for the office but removed his name from consideration days later.
Six candidates are running for the three open City Council seats held by Cochran, Anderson and Jen Miles. They are Carol Decker-Noli, Stuart Yocum, Miles, Mark Abram, Kent Simmons and Janice Palmer.
At the county level, incumbent Virlynn Tinnell filed for clerk of Superior Court. Steven Conn is running unopposed for Superior Court Division 3 in Kingman, as is Lee Jantzen for Superior Court Division 4 in Kingman and Jill Wachtel Davis in Superior Court Division 6 in Kingman.
Ray Cullison and Debbie Francis are competing for the Cerbat constable office that has been held by Jean Bishop, whose resignation will be accepted Monday by the Mohave County Board of Supervisors. Bishop will be administered the oath of office for supervisor of District 4, which she was nominated to fill until a successor is elected.
Candidates for that position are Republicans Bishop, Bob Boyd, Curtis Cutshaw, Ted Roper, Al DiCicco, Bill Keller, Jack Pozenel, Travis Lingenfelter and Theodore Brinkofski, and Democrat Jack Ehrhardt. The Republican candidates will compete in the Aug. 26 primary, and the winner will face the Democrat in the Nov. 4 general election
Incumbent Mike Cobb is being challenged by Neal Hickerson for the office of Kingman constable.
Mervyn Pitchfork Freedom will be running against incumbent John Taylor for Cerbat justice of the peace, while incumbent Dave Huerta has no challengers for the office of Kingman justice of the peace.