One final look at candidates, questions of Election 2016
KINGMAN – The dawn of a new presidential era is upon us, and whether the sun shines on Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump – or longshot Libertarian Gary Johnson – is anyone’s guess going into Tuesday’s general election.
One thing Mohave County Elections Director Allen Tempert knows for certain: It will be easy in and out for voters at their precinct polling sites.
He estimates it will take no more than 30 minutes to vote thanks to new technology and larger polling places with more electronic check-in stations. Less time will be needed if voters mark their sample ballots beforehand.
Bring a valid Arizona driver’s license or two forms of photo ID.
Tempert said his office sent out about 53,000 ballots when early voting started on Oct. 12, and a couple thousand more have followed.
“We’re going to have more early voters than in the past,” the elections director said Friday. “I can tell you I personally have counted 30,000 early votes, and there could be another 15,000 by tomorrow.”
That’s a big chunk of the nearly 110,000 registered voters in Mohave County. Historically, Mohave County’s voter turnout is around 70 percent, and Tempert doesn’t see this one bringing out any more voters than usual.
“Every general election is always the biggest one,” Tempert said.
Of course, the contest for president between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is on everyone’s minds in what has turned out to be one of the most bizarre campaign seasons in history – Hillary’s never-ending email scandals and Donald’s often incendiary commentary when speaking to usually large groups of avid supporters – are two examples. But there’s more at stake than the White House on Tuesday.
Here are other federal, state and county offices up for election, along with state and local propositions:
U.S. Senator: Republican incumbent John McCain has held Arizona’s Senate seat since 1987. He’s walking a fine line to win reelection with Trump at the top of his ballot. He faces Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (Democrat), Gary Swing (Green Party) and a number of write-in candidates. Kirkpatrick has tied McCain to Trump in an effort to earn votes from Hispanics.
U.S. Representative (District 4): Paul Gosar (R) is the incumbent and was first elected to the House in 2010. Based on multiple outside rankings, Gosar is an average Republican, meaning he will vote with his party on the majority of bills. He’s opposed by Mikel Weisser (D), who sought election to the U.S. House in 2014 and lost the general election. He also ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in 2012. Robert Hixon and Jeffrey Daniels are write-in candidates.
State Senator (District 5): Sonny Borrelli, a Republican candidate who was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012, is running unopposed. Borrelli served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was vice chairman of the Judiciary Committee and chairman of Military Affairs and Public Safety.
State Representative (District 5): Republicans Paul Mosely and Regina Cobb (incumbent), Democrat Beth Weisser and Green Party Leo Biasiucci are in the running for the two seats.
Mohave County Board of Supervisors (District 1): Republican Gary Watson is the incumbent. A former Kingman city councilman and vice mayor, he was reelected as county supervisor in 2012. He’s being challenged by Democrat Janice Palmer, a former U.S. Marine and Kingman Clean City commissioner.
Mohave County Board of Supervisors (District 2): Republican incumbent Hildy Angius is unopposed. She was first elected to the board in 2012, representing Bullhead City.
Mohave County Board of Supervisors (District 3): Republican incumbent Buster Johnson is being challenged by Independent candidate Cassandra Mooneyham. Johnson, a retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy and private business owner, was first elected to the board in 1997. Mooneyham is a small-business owner who moved to Lake Havasu City in 2002.
Mohave County Board of Supervisors (District 4): Republican Jean Bishop (unopposed) – she prevailed in the August primary – was appointed to the board in 2014 following the death of Supervisor Joy Brotherton, and is currently its chairwoman.
Mohave County Board of Supervisors (District 5): Republican Steve Moss (unopposed) is an attorney and third-generation Arizonan. He began his first term on the board in January 2013 and is past chairman.
Mohave County Sheriff: Republican Doug Schuster (unopposed after winning outright in August). Schuster spent 26 years with Mohave County Sheriff’s Office will replace Jim McCabe, who did not run.
Mohave County Attorney: Republican Matt Smith (unopposed) has been in office since December 2003, when he completed the remaining term of former County Attorney Bill Ekstrom.
Mohave County Treasurer: Republican Cindy Landa Cox (unopposed) was first elected in 2012. She has a master’s degree in business administration and previously worked for Kingman Regional Medical Center.
Mohave County School Superintendent: Republican Michael File (unopposed) is a career educator who was elected superintendent in 1996, defeating incumbent Keith Seaman.
Mohave County Recorder: Republican Kristi Blair (unopposed) has been the chief deputy recorder since January 2012 and is a graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
Mohave County Assessor: Republican Jeanne Kentch (unopposed) won the primary election to replace the late Ron Nicholson. Her aim is to preserve Mohave County property values.
Superior Court Judge (Division 5): Rick Williams is the lone candidate.
Kingman Unified School District: Choose two board members among candidates Ken Cates, Bruce Ricca, Steven Robinson, Laurie Voss Barthlow and Beth Weisser. They were profiled in Thursday’s edition of the Daily Miner.
Kingman Mayor: Incumbent Mayor Richard Anderson faces challenger Monica Gates. Profiles are in today’s Daily Miner.
Kingman City Council: After Gary Rucker dropped out, Jamie Scott-Stehly and David Wayt won seats by attrition. Stehly worked 17 years in the banking industry and is now a stay-at-home mother. Wayt is a drug prosecutor with Mohave County.
Question 1: Shall the city of Kingman be authorized to sell about 150 acres of surplus land generally located south of Interstate 40 and west of the Cherokee Street alignment for the purpose of commercial development? This is the land proposed for Kingman Crossing. It does not include 17 acres designated for parks and outdoor space. An official appraisal of the property must be conducted by a licensed appraiser in the state of Arizona.
Proposition 205: Voting “yes” would allow individuals 21 years and older to possess, manufacture, transport and consume up to one ounce of marijuana and to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use. It would levy a 15 percent excise sales tax that would go toward creating the Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control, with remaining revenue going to K-12 education. It would also give local jurisdictions limited authority to enact ordinances to regulate marijuana products. A “no” vote retains existing law.
Proposition 206: A “yes” vote will increase minimum wage from $8.05 an hour to $10 an hour in 2017, and then incrementally increase the wage to $12 an hour by 2020. It also entitles employees to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, with limits based on the size of the company. It broadly defines the conditions under which paid sick time may be taken, including mental or physical illness, care of a family member and absence due to domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse. A “no” vote retains the existing minimum wage, which will increase by a dime to $8.15 in January due to inflation.