With the fire still boiling under the mayoral and council race, the time also has come for anyone who may be considering running for an office within the Gila County government to make a decision.
There are six elected positions that will directly impact Payson residents in the November 2002 election.
The office of Justice of the Peace for the Payson area will come up for re-election in November. Four-term incumbent, R. O. McDaniel will be seeking his fifth term as judge.
The office of Constable in the Payson area will also be on the ballot. Eddie Armer, who is the current constable, has stated he will run for another four-year term.
Judge Robert Duber has also announced that he will seek re-election as judge over Division II of the Superior Court.
Margaret Toot's office confirmed she will be seeking another term to the office of Clerk of The Superior Court.
Jim Hazel, who was appointed for a one-year term, as Division I Superior Court Judge following the retirement of Judge Edd Dawson, will also seek to finish out the two years remaining on the vacated four-year term.
Newly-appointed Gila County Attorney, Daisy Gilker, will also ask the voters to retain her as the lead prosecutor for two more years. Gilker assumed the reins at the county attorney's office following the appointment of her predecessor Jim Hazel to superior court judge.
Two years remain in the term of District 2 Supervisor Jose Sanchez. Voters in Miami, Roosevelt, Tonto Basin, Gisela and Payson's Precinct No. 2 are eligible to run for office of supervisor in that district.
What they make
The annual salary for each office varies. The position of constable pays $33,150.94; county supervisor, $49,875; clerk of superior court, $50,000; superior court judge, $60,375; justice of the peace, $80,850.12; county attorney, $96,600.
Gila County Elections Director Dixie Mundy has set the deadlines for residents of Gila County to file the proper paperwork if they intend to run for a public office.
Candidates must file a political committee statement of organization or $500 threshold before circulating petitions, a nomination paper, nomination petition and a financial disclosure statement.
Filings will be accepted during the filing period of May 13 through June 12, 2002 at 5 p.m.
Packets are now available from Mundy's office. Anyone interested can contact Mundy at (800) 304-4452, extension 8708.