Armer, Toot Run Unopposed

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Because incumbents Eddie Armer and Margaret Toot are running unopposed for their offices Payson Precinct Constable and Clerk of the Superior Court, respectively their names will appear on both the Sept. 10 primary and Nov. 5 general election ballots.

"Because they did file on a timely basis, they will run in the primary, and because they are unopposed, they will automatically move on to the general ballot," Gila County Elections Assistant David Rogers said. "If there is a write-in candidate who qualifies for the primary, and if by chance (the write-in) receives more votes than Eddie Armer or Margaret Toot, then that person would then move on to the general election."

The write-in deadline, Rogers said, is 14 days prior to the primary election, which is Aug. 27.

CONSTABLE

Edgar Allen "Eddie" Armer

Party affiliation: Republican

Age: 58

Years in Arizona: 58

Residence: Payson

"I would appreciate your vote for re-election," said Eddie Armer as he approaches what he hopes will be his fifth term as Payson Precinct Constable one of Gila County's two constables, who serve processes over the northern communities. "I have worked very hard in improving my knowledge of the position by attending many civil classes. I have become the instructor for the State Constable's Association. And in 2001, Governor Jane Hull appointed me to the State Constable's Ethics Committee."

Armer was instrumental in the drive to form that committee, which was approved by the Senate and became effective Aug. 9, 2001.

Born in Globe and raised in Payson, Armer joined the Arizona Highway Patrol in 1969. He served in various locations across the state as a patrolman, undercover narcotics officer, teacher at the police academy and public relations officer until 1983, when he took a medical retirement due to a job-related injury.

In 1990, Armer was appointed Payson Precinct Constable by retiring Constable Doris Weems a position to which he has been re-elected three times over 12 years of service.

As constable, Armer serves an average of 235 to 265 processes per month for Payson Regional Justice Court of Gila County, Payson Magistrate Court, Payson Regional Superior Court of Gila County, Payson Regional Juvenile Court of Gila County, Payson Regional Probation Department of Gila County, the Payson Unified School District and the town of Payson.

"I am a person that believes in giving my all to the position I have been elected to," Armer said. "I average nine-hour days, five days a week, and am on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

Armer is running unopposed in this election.

CLERK OF THE COURT

Margaret Toot

Party affiliation: Democrat

Age: 60

Years in Arizona: 60

Residence: Globe

Margaret Toot, the incumbent clerk of the superior court, was first appointed to the position July 1, 1979, following the retirement of Arnold M. "Fuzzy" Ambos. She had served as his chief deputy for seven years before her appointment, and had worked part time in his office since 1961.

Toot had previously worked for private attorneys, the justice of the peace, the Gila County attorney, and in the clerk's office experience which she says provided her with "a strong legal background which helped tremendously in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position."

A native and lifelong resident of Globe, Toot has been married to Bob Toot for 43 years, and has three children and seven grandchildren.

She is a member and former president of the Arizona Association of Superior Court Clerks, as well as a member of the Arizona Association of Counties and other court-related associations.

Toot has also served on many statewide committees instrumental in making the courts more user friendly. Among their accomplishments, she said, was the design of forms, written in plain English, that those without attorneys could understand and use. Another was the creation and implementation of the court case management automation system.

For these and other reasons, Toot's court has been used as the pilot court for several Arizona Supreme Court projects.

When the first satellite court was launched in Payson in 1976, Toot recalled, she and Judge Barry DeRose would travel to Payson once a month, stay for several days, and hold court hearings so local residents wouldn't have to travel to Globe. The clerk's office was open in Payson for half-days at that time.

Since then, Toot observed, the Payson court has grown by leaps and bounds and so has the knowledge required to run it.

"Witnessing the growth of technology has been truly amazing," Toot said.

"The most rewarding part of my job," Toot said, "is being able to help those who haven't been able to get help elsewhere. Even though my staff and I are not attorneys and cannot give legal advice, we do have many forms we can give out, and we can direct people to certain websites that have excellent forms and instructions that we may not have."

There are no challengers in this election.

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