Incumbents Run Unopposed


Because incumbents Robert Duber, Daisy Flores and Ronnie McDaniel are running unopposed for their offices Superior Court Judge Division II, Gila County Attorney and Payson Regional Justice of the Peace, 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," said Gila County Elections Assistant David Rogers. "If there is a write-in candidate who qualifies for the primary, and if by chance (the write-in) receives more votes than (the current candidates), 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.

"Anyone who comes in and files the paperwork as a write-in candidate by that time will qualify as an official write-in candidate." Rogers explained. "Their name will go on the official write-in list posted at all polling places, and as voters enter to vote, they will need to check that list and write in the office title and candidate's name on their write-in envelope."

Superior Court Judge - Div. II

Robert Duber II

Party affiliation: Democrat

Age: 51

Years in Arizona: 51

Residence: Globe

"It has been my privilege to serve as a judge of the Superior Court in Gila County for sixteen years," said incumbent Robert Duber, who is also the county's presiding judge. "Few positions in public service have the esteem of a judge and I have sought to maintain a level of integrity and professionalism consistent with that public trust."

Gila County is Duber's home; it is where he raised his family and where he chose to spend his professional career.

"My wife, Carol, was a nurse in local hospitals and was school nurse for the Globe School District for a number of years," he said. "My son, John, graduated from Chapman University and now is a director for KNXV television in Phoenix. My daughter was attending Creighton University until a family illness brought her back to Arizona; she is a student at Arizona State University."

Duber graduated from Globe High School in 1969 and attended Arizona State University, receiving a business degree, Bachelor of Science With Distinction, in 1973 and a Juris Doctorate in 1976.

Before being elected judge, he practiced civil and criminal law in the positions of Gila County Attorney and contract defense attorney.

Recently, Duber was honored by the National Child Support Enforcement Association as Judge of the Year and the Arizona Family Support Council 2001 Judicial Officer of the Year.

In 1999-2000, he served as co-chair of the Arizona Judicial College's New Judge Orientation program which prepares new judges for duties as judges.

He has been a presenter to groups of judges, lawyers and laymen at domestic relations conferences, new judge orientations, local and national probation conferences, foster care review boards, etc.

As a member of the Executive Board of the Family Law Section, he helped with the revision of the State Bar of Arizona Pamphlet, "Divorce and Children: Answers to Common Questions" in 1997.

"I was appointed presiding judge for the County Court system by Chief Justice Thomas Zlaket beginning in 1999," Duber said, "and in January I was reappointed presiding judge for a term ending in 2006.

"During my tenure as presiding judge the new juvenile detention facility was constructed, the financial accounting practices of the probation department were drastically overhauled and the local rules of practice were revised for the first time in more than 20 years.

"I am seeking re-election," Duber said, "and I am seeking your support and vote."

Gila County Attorney

Daisy Flores

Party affiliation: Republican

Age: 31

Years in Arizona: 31

Residence: Globe

"I am asking our citizens to vote for me this November and show their continued support for me in the position of County Attorney," said incumbent Daisy Flores, who will be running unopposed in the November election. "I believe that this past year I have shown that I am the person for the job.

"The vast majority of the readers of the Payson Roundup are residents of northern Gila County and are often rightfully concerned about the services and representation for the population in this area," she said. "Gila County government as a whole is striving to serve this area and my personal track record in the Payson area shows my commitment to the northern half of the county.

"Specifically, upon assuming the job of County Attorney, I immediately named two Chief Deputies, Patti Wortman and Bryan Chambers, with Ms. Wortman being our first Chief Deputy out of the Payson area. I created a new position of PCA (Public Court Agency) Liaison in Payson to better assist the public and courts in effectively communicating with my office. I also expanded our Diversion/Deferred and Bad Check programs to have an officer administering the program out of the Payson area.

"In addition," Flores said, "I personally handle the charging of all felony matters in the Payson area and regularly prosecute matters in Payson Superior Court and Justice Court."

A lifelong resident of Gila County, Flores graduated from Globe High Schoolas Salutatorian and received more scholarship recognition than any other graduate to date. She attended the University of Arizona on the prestigious Flinn Scholarship and received her BA and MA degrees in Near Eastern Studies graduating Summa Cum Laude. She went on to complete her Juris Doctorate at the University of Arizona, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

After finishing law school, Flores became a full-time employee of the Gila County Attorney's Office first as adeputy county attorney, then as Chief Deputy. Shortly thereafter she was unanimouslyappointed by the Board of Supervisorsto replace Jim Hazel as Gila County Attorney afterhe accepted a judicial appointment.

"It is due to the outstanding staff at my office and the continued support of the law enforcement community that I am able to be effectiveas county attorney," Flores said.

As county attorney, Flores personally handles all felony charging for the Payson area andactively prosecutes numerous other matters, including three pending capital murder cases.Flores is a member of the Arizona State Bar, the Texas State Bar, and the San Carlos Bar.

"It is not just because of my experience or skills as a prosecutor that you should vote for and support me in this position, it is because I have a personal interest in protecting this community and ensuring that all of our citizens are safe in their homes and that our children our safe in our schools," Flores said. "We have all seen the consequences of drugs and crime in our community. I have and will continue to work closely with our local law enforcement to ensure that all criminal offenders answer to the public for their actions.

"I intend to continue to serve Gila County for years to come as the voice of the public in our 'war on crime,' and so I ask for the communities' support and a vote for me in this coming election."

Payson Justice of the Peace

Ronnie McDaniel

Party affiliation: Republican

Age: 63

Years in Arizona: 63

Residence: Payson

Ronnie O. McDaniel, incumbent candidate for the Payson Regional Justice of the Peace, was first elected to the office in November 1986. He is now completing his fourth term.

In December 1989, McDaniel was appointed Payson Town Magistrate, consolidating the town's magistrate and justice courts, and he has served in that position since then.

McDaniel has held appointments by the Supreme Court Justice of Arizona to serve on the Committee on Limited Jurisdiction Courts; the committee to assess changes in current legislative action on the criminal code; training coordinator for justice courts in Gila County; and mentor for new limited-jurisdiction judges. He has twice attended the National Judicial College in Reno, Nev., for continuing education.

McDaniel was also elected to three terms on the Payson School Board, and served for 20 years in the Gila County Sheriff's Office, from which he retired as a major.

McDaniel lives in Payson with his wife, Diane, and son, Tony. A daughter, Tippi Simon, resides in Florence, Ariz.

As his son was growing up, McDaniel was involved in Pop Warner football and Little League baseball. A member of the Payson Elks Club and the Payson Rotary Club, McDaniel's hobbies are hunting, fishing and spending as much time as possible with his five grandchildren.

"I look forward to serving the people of the Payson area," McDaniel said. "I am dedicated to the strict, but fair enforcement of the law. I will serve with honesty and integrity and with great respect for the citizens that pass through this jurisdiction.

"I've been in public service since 1965 for Gila County, all in the Payson area, and I believe the people of Payson know the kind of dedication I have to give public service," he said. "Based on those reasons, I believe that's why I have been elected in the past and why my supporters should vote for me again."

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