County Races Limited To Five Offices

Dan Haapala to challenge Tommie Martin in District 1

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Gila County has 10 offices up for election this year, but only five will be contested.

Elections supervisor Dixie Mundy provided a list of the candidates who filed nominating petitions by the June 4 deadline for the coming primary and general elections.

The offices that will be uncontested are: Superior Court Judge, District 1, Peter Cahill, Democrat; Recorder, Sadie Tomerlin-Dalton, Democrat; Attorney, Daisy Flores, Republican; Assessor, Dale Hom, Democrat; and Treasurer, Debora Savage, Democrat.

Races are in the making for the following offices:

Supervisor, District 1: Tommie Martin, Republican, incumbent; Dan Haapala, Independent.

Supervisor, District 2: William Backes, Democrat; Danny Michaels, Democrat; Mike Pastor, Democrat.

Supervisor, District 3: Shirley Dawson, Democrat, incumbent; David Cook, Republican; Ted Thayer, Non-Partisan.

Filing as an Independent and Non-Partisan, neither Haapala or Thayer will be on the primary ballot, Mundy said. They will only be listed on the general election ballot.

Sheriff: John Armer, Democrat, incumbent; Darrell Stubbs, Democrat.

County schools superintendent: Linda O'Dell, Republican, incumbent; Debra Tapia-Blair, Democrat.

Incumbent Dist. 1 Supervisor Tommie Martin said she is seeking re-election to finish the jobs she has started during her first term.

"When I first ran I was hell bent on getting industry into our forests, then I found we first needed to fire proof so we would have a forest. We are a lot safer now than when I was first elected, so now I want to start working on bringing industry into the forests," Martin said.

She also wants to continue improving county roads among other things.

Haapala's decision to run was made just this week.

"I like Tommie, but not enough attention is being paid to the district. So, when I saw on Monday she was running unopposed I decided to go for it," Haapala said.

Thayer filed a record number of signatures with his nominating petitions. A release from his campaign said of the 1,500 signatures submitted, a total of 1,471 were determined to be valid.

"During the past seven years, we have accomplished many notable achievements for the benefit of Gila County," said incumbent Sheriff John Armer in announcing his decision to seek re-election. "I want to continue and expand upon our positive direction."

Announcing his candidacy for the sheriff's office, Stubbs, who retired from the GCSO after more than 20 years of service, said, "Each day when I pinned my badge to my uniform I told myself that there was someone being victimized today and help is on the way. It was service that motivated my entire career, and it is this same spirit of service that has moved me to run for the office of sheriff."

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