Recorder’S Race Highlights North-South County Gap

Republican challenger to incumbent enlivens normally low-key contest

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Voters in the Republican primary will have two choices in the Gila County recorder’s race, with the winner matched against the lone Democrat running in the primary in November.

In the Aug. 28 primary, Republican incumbent Sadie Tomerlin-Dalton will face off with Mac Feezor, a retired engineer and former member of the citizen redistricting committee.

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Sadie Tomerlin-Dalton

Tomerlin has the distinction of being the youngest elected recorder in Arizona history. She started as a temporary clerk in the office in 2003 and rose through the ranks. In 2008, the board of supervisors appointed her to replace Linda Haught-Ortega when she retired.

Tomerlin has been successfully re-elected since that year.

She also sits as the president of the Arizona Recorder’s Association after serving as both the vice president and the secretary/treasurer.

Born and raised in Gila County, she has three school-age children who attend the Globe School District, as she did as a child.

Tomerlin says this area is dear to her heart for it’s where her roots lie. That’s why she wants to provide the best possible service to her fellow residents.

James “Mac” Feezor comes from a longtime Arizona family. His great-great-grandfather, A.F. Mcdonald was the first mayor of Mesa.

So far he’s based his campaign on a tough critique of Tomerlin’s efficiency and the need to update the technology of the recorder’s office, especially with the office split between Globe and Payson.

He has offered figures showing that eight of the 10 employees in the recorder’s office are based in Globe, even though much of the work the office does originates in Payson. That critique reinforces the longstanding complaint in northern Gila County about the lopsided distribution of county resources.

Feezor is currently married, has four children and eight grandchildren. He and his wife have lived in Payson for 13 years.

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Mac Feezor

Feezor worked for Motorola, laboring on the Hybrid Receiver project for the Galileo Probe and on the GPS NavStar TT&C project designing and testing equipment to go into the satellite.

He has participated in Boy Scouts of America for more than 40 years, from his youth in Cub Scouts to currently serving as a unit commissioner and wood badge coordinator.

Besides helping the Scouts, Feezor has volunteered to help relief efforts in both the Rodeo-Chediski Fire and the Willow Fire.

This past year, he assisted in the redistricting effort as a volunteer along with 12 other people from north and south Gila County, encompassing representatives of all parties from Republican to Democrat and Independents. He distinguished himself by developing spreadsheet tools to rapidly analyze and compare maps for population balance.

Feezor plans on bringing his interest and ability with computers and organizing electronic information to the office.

The lone Democrat

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Mickie Nye

Voters in the Democratic Party will see one name on the ballot for recorder — Mickie Nye.

Currently he runs the Dairy Queen in Globe, which he’s done for the past 10 years.

Nye serves on numerous civic organizations.

He is the president of the Globe Boys and Girls Club and he was the past president and governor of the Rotary Club. In 2005, he served as the president for the Citizens for Economic Development. He pursued building a multi-million dollar Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility.

Last year, he received the honor of being named Person of the Year in Globe.

Nye wants to bring customer service and efficient budgeting to the office.

“I believe that the general public has a perception that the recorders office lacks customer service, because in my years in business when one customer is upset they tell 10 people and when a person receives superior service they generally don’t share it with anyone,” wrote Nye in an e-mail.

“The residents of Gila County should be treated with respect and a genuine willingness to help in any way we can.”

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