Miami Mayor Picked To Fill District 2 Supervisor Seat

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The mayor of Miami, Ariz. was selected from a field of 10 candidates Thursday to fill the Gila County District 2 Supervisor seat.

The position, one of three on the Gila County Board of Supervisors, was left vacant when Supervisor Edward G. "Bunch" Guerrero died April 28.

District 1 Supervisor Ron Christensen and District 3 Supervisor and Board Chairman Cruz Salas tapped Miami Mayor Jose M. Sanchez to fill the slot Thursday during a meeting in Globe.

Sanchez, who is expected to resign his position as mayor, will be paid an annual salary of $49,875 and will serve out Guerrero's term, which ends Dec. 31, 2002. He will have the option to run for election in the September 2002 primary, but would have to run again in two years, said Marian Sheppard, chief deputy clerk for the Gila County Board of Supervisors.

"I applied for the position of District 2 Supervisor because I had so much respect for 'Bunch,' and the many things he accomplished" Sanchez said Friday morning. "He set an example, a standard for everyone in public office. I hope to continue some of the things I know were near and dear to him particularly those efforts regarding veterans and youth, such as the development of the Miami Little league facility."

The District 2 seat has been vacant since 68-year-old Guerrero died following a lengthy bout with cancer. Then in his fifth term as county supervisor, Guerrero also had served three terms on the Globe City Council and eight terms in the Arizona House of Representatives.

The search for qualified candidates to fill Guerrero's seat has been in full swing since the supervisor's funeral, Sheppard said Wednesday.

"We put out a public notice in several newspapers ... asking for anyone to submit, in writing, their interest in filling the position," Sheppard said. "The only requirements were that applicants be affiliated with the same party Mr. Guerrero was a Democrat and that they reside in District 2."

District 2 is roughly the southern portion of the county that stretches west from Holiday Hills through Tonto Basin, ending at Gisela.

By the application deadline May 25, Sheppard said, the board had received applications from 10 qualified candidates. In addition to Sanchez, they were John O. Dryer, June E. Kowalzyk, Ernest R. Lopez, Debbie Tegen Fogle, Harry R. Cain, Keith W. Bailey, Roland S. Boyer, Daniel Michels and Kenneth Crockett.

County business

Among the other items on Thursday's agenda were several requests from Gila County Elections Director Dixie Mundy, all of which were approved by the board. They included:

The review and adoption of a county policy with regard to how county domestic water improvement district elections are conducted.

"The special taxing districts, which include domestic water, can have elections in November, September, March or May, depending on their schedule," Mundy explained prior to Thursday's

meeting. "Many times they contract with us to conduct the mechanics of the election on their behalf. This policy outlines what we do as the contracting entity, and provides them with the requirements and statutes they need to follow."

The adoption of an agreement that an "election operational services" form be utilized between Gila County and its jurisdictions and districts.

"We're trying to help the right hand always know what the left hand is doing," Mundy said.

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