With candidates campaigning for the upcoming primary election, some carry an early lead with donors while others need to pick up the pace, newly released finance reports show.
All of the county candidates met the June 30 campaign-finance reporting deadline, the first of several they must meet to document where they are getting their cash and how they are spending it.
Democrat Ronnie McDaniel has collected $10,600, more money than any other candidate so far in his bid for District 3 supervisor.
Filings with the Gila County Elections Department the Roundup collected last week show McDaniel, a former judge, making his first run for supervisor, has spent $3,600 since entering the race.
McDaniel is up against John Marcanti, a former City of Globe councilor, and Marvin Mull Jr., a San Carlos Apache Tribe tribal member, in the Aug. 14 primary. No Republican candidates have filed, so whoever wins the Democratic primary will run the newly aligned District 3.
Incumbent Supervisor Shirley Dawson decided not to run for re-election and redistricting boundary changes have made the seat a true swing seat, almost evenly balanced between north and south county. The district includes the Copper Basin, Globe Precincts 1, 2 and 8, San Carlos, Star Valley, Young and a portion of Payson.
Marcanti and Mull both filed that they have received no contributions and spent no money during the five-month filing period ending in May.
In supervisorial District 2, Republican David Cook, a business owner, has amassed an early fund-raising lead over both the other Republican candidate, Tim Humphrey, also a business owner. He has also raised more money than the Democratic incumbent, Mike Pastor.
This is the second time Cook has run for District 3 supervisor. In 2008, he lost to Democrat Shirley Dawson.
Cook’s financial filing indicates that he brought $1,500 over from his previous campaign, rounding out his contributions at $5,000. He has spent $1,500 of that.
Humphrey has collected $1,200 and spent nearly all of it.
Pastor has collected the least of the District 3 candidates, possibly because he is waiting for the general election where he will face off against either Cook or Humphrey. Pastor has collected nearly $600 and spent $240.
In the District 1 supervisor race, both candidates reported having no funds on hand. Republican incumbent Tommie Cline Martin will face off against Independent Hallie Overman-Jackman, a developer, in the Nov. 6 general election. The district includes most of northern Gila County.
In the sheriff’s race, things are heating up among the Republican and Democrat candidates, all of whom have worked for the sheriff’s office at some point.
Campaign finances are about equal for Democratic candidates Craig Jones, who retired from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and Ray Van Buskirk, a former narcotics task force member. Jones has received $3,100 while Van Buskirk raised $3,600. Jones has spent nearly all of his funding, while Van Buskirk has $1,400 in the bank.
Republican candidates Adam Shepherd and Darrell Stubbs hope to take over the office from retiring Democratic Sheriff John Armer.
Stubbs ran and lost against Armer in the last election cycle. This time Stubbs has raised nearly $9,000 and spent $7,300 of that.
Shepherd, former Gila County undersheriff, has collected $7,500 and spent $5,000.
Democratic incumbent Dale Hom’s recent campaign finance report indicates he does not plan to receive or spend more than $500.
Republicans Deborah Hughes, a Realtor, and Nathan Morris, a real estate appraiser, hope to unseat Hom, although neither has collected any contributions, according to recent filings.
Republican incumbent Sadie Jo Tomerlin is leading in campaign funds over opponent James “Mac” Feezor in the recorder race.
Tomerlin has collected $1,400 and spent $460 of that. Meanwhile, Feezor, a retired engineer, has collected nearly $500 and spent $60.
Sole Democratic candidate Mickie Nye, who owns a Globe Dairy Queen and is making his first run for office, has raised $1,000 and spent $500.
Republican incumbent Daisy Flores is pitted up against Bradley Beauchamp in the race for county attorney.
Flores claims she has raised $3,700 for the filing period and spent nearly $3,000 of that on the campaign.
Beauchamp has collected $2,600 and spent only $500.
The treasurer’s office is the last contested race in Gila County. Democrat incumbent Debora Savage is running against Republican Don Ascoli, a retired electrical engineer.
Ascoli has raised $600 and spent $100. Savage filed a form saying she will not collect more than $500.
Gila County Superior Court District 1 Judge Peter Cahill and School Superintendent Linda O’Dell are both running unopposed and have indicated they do not plan to collect more than $500.