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The Oct. 6 deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 general election is rapidly approaching.

Candidates for Gila County Supervisor in District 1 include Republican incumbent Tommie Martin and Independent Dan Haapala.

The race for Gila County Supervisor District 3 pits incumbent and Democrat Shirley Dawson against Republican David Cook and the non-partisan Ted Thayer.

For county superintendent of schools, incumbent and Republican Linda O’Dell is challenged by Democrat Debra Tapia-Blair.

Four people have filed to run for three Payson School Board seats. Candidates include Richard Meyer Jr., Barbara Underwood, Matthew Van Camp, and Buzz Walker. Watch the Roundup for these candidates’ profiles.

Voters will also decide whether to continue Payson’s $1.4 million maintenance and operations budget override.

In state races, Democrat and Holbrook resident Bill Jeffers is vying for Republican and Snowflake resident Sylvia Allen’s state senate seat.

Vying for state representative, Payson’s Barbara Brewer, a Republican, is competing against Democrat and Saint Johns incumbent Jack Brown and Republican and Safford incumbent Bill Konopnicki. Two will be elected.

The U.S. representative race features four contenders. Democrat and Flagstaff resident Ann Kirkpatrick faces Independent and Sedona resident Brent Maupin, Libertarian and Phoenix resident Thane Eichenauer and Republican and Munds Park resident Sydney Hay. Current Rep. Rick Renzi is not running.

Eight candidates will appear on the ballot for the presidential election. They are Democrat Barack Obama, Green Cynthia McKinney, Libertarian Bob Barr, write-ins Jonathan Allen from Colorado, Chuck Baldwin of Florida, Jay Charles of Florida, Ralph Nader of Washington, D.C., and Republican John McCain.

Voters will also decide eight propositions, including ones on legislative salaries, payday loans, and gay marriage. Read the Roundup for later details on these ballot measures.

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