Residents Can Vote In Primary Election Today

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Polls in Gila County are open until 7 p.m. this evening. Results will be posted on the Roundup's Web site, www.payson.com, as soon as they become available.

Voters will likely decide the race for Gila County Supervisor District 2 tonight -- all three candidates are Democrats.

The race pits Miami businessman Danny Michels against Globe resident Mike Pastor, a Gila Community College board member who also works as a senior warehouse technician for Freeport McMoRan mining company. The third candidate, Payson resident Bill Backes, is an investment adviser.

The Democratic race for sheriff features no Republican contenders. Incumbent John Armer is running against challenger Darrell Stubbs, who retired as a deputy to run for office.

Gila County Supervisor for District 1, Republican Tommie Martin will appear on the ballot, but her challenger, Independent Dan Haapala, will not. Voters will decide the race in the general election.

For the Gila County Supervisor District 3 race, incumbent and Democrat Shirley Dawson will appear on the ballot, as will challenger and Republican David Cook, but the non-partisan contender, Ted Thayer, will only appear on the ballot for November's general election.

The race for Gila County Superintendent of Schools pits incumbent Linda O'Dell, a Republican, against Debra Tapia-Blair, a Democrat.

In the U.S. Representative race for District 1, the Democratic primary pits Munds Park resident Jeffrey Brown against fund-raising queen and Flagstaff resident, Ann Kirkpatrick. Howard Shanker, an environmental and tribal lawyer, who is also a Flagstaff resident, is running, as is Mary Kim Titla, a former television newswoman and Globe resident.

Current Rep. Rick Renzi is not running again.

Libertarian candidate Thane Eichenauer is running for the congressional seat, but will not appear on the primary ballot. He is a write-in candidate.

On the Republican side, Sedona minister Barry Hall is running against St. Johns resident Tom Hansen. Former mining industry lobbyist and Munds Park resident Sydney Hay is running, as is Sandra Livingstone, a former state department official, Cambridge law professor, and Prescott resident.

In the state senator race, which was occupied by the recently deceased Jake Flake, Sylvia Allen, a Snowflake resident who now fills the seat, is running as a Republican. Challenging her in the general election is Democratic write-in and Holbrook resident, Bill Jeffers.

In the race for state representative, Democratic and Globe resident "D-rod" David Rodriguez is challenging incumbent and St. Johns resident Jack Brown. On the Republican side, Payson resident Barbara Brewer and Safford resident Bill Konopnicki are seeking to represent District 5. St. Johns resident Delbert Lambson is also running as a Republican write-in candidate.

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