Elections 2012

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Martin wins District 1 supervisor race

As the early ballot results trickled in Tuesday night, Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin waited anxiously in her office off Highway 260 in Payson. “We have got our toes, fingers, ankles and knees crossed,” she said. As the first numbers appeared on the county’s election site, Martin let out a huge grin – she was leading with 73 percent of the votes over Hallie Overman-Jackman.

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Early Gila County election results

Early election results show the county maintaining a strict division between north and south. While Republican candidate Adam Shepherd carried most of the northern precincts for sheriff, Democrat Craig Jones had the south. The men tied on the reservation and Shepherd lead overall in votes and will likely take the position over from outgoing Sheriff John Armer. For assessor, the division between northern and southern voters held.

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At last!

Election day finally here — political ads are nearly done

Election day: Finally! Tomorrow night: No more campaign ads! Praise the Lord.

Prop. 116 supporters say lower taxes on business property would spur hiring

Easing property taxes businesses pay on everything from milling machines to restaurant silverware would help create jobs across Arizona, supporters of Proposition 116 say.

Prop. 117 seeks to limit increases in property valuation for taxes

Placing a 5 percent annual limit on how much the assessed value of properties can rise would shield owners.

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Prop. 114 would bar felons’ lawsuits against victims

Crime victims shouldn’t have to worry that they may be sued by those who commit felonies against them, supporters of Proposition 114 argue.

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Prop. 115 would give governor more power in judicial selections

Proposition 115 asserts that more is better when it comes to selection and retention of state judges as well as appellate and Supreme Court judges.

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Fussy flap about stats in supervisor race

Does Northern Gila County get swindled when it comes to county spending and services?

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Legislative candidates clash on budget, schools, government role

The six candidates vying for three seats in the Legislature representing Rim Country clashed on a range of issues centered on whether government can help create jobs and bolster schools — or should just get out of the way.

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Animated debate about weighted grades

Parents urge school board to give students extra grade point credit for taking college vocational courses

Parents will do anything for their kids — even public speaking.

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3rd parties fear top-two primary ballot measure

It’s already an uphill battle for Libertarian and Green Party candidates in Arizona, but no matter what, they have a place on the ballot.

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Senate race wallows in the mud

Flake, Carmona race focuses on personal attacks

Take two great candidates – both principled, dedicated public servants.

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Early ballot mix-up for Mesa del residents

Early ballots sent to voters who live in the Mesa del Caballo area did not include the governing board election for the Northern Gila County Sanitary District.

Two veteran lawmen square off in sheriff’s race

Republican Adam Shepherd and Democrat Craig Jones have each spent decades in the Gila County sheriff’s office

The race for Gila County’s sheriff comes down to a man who says he has the experience and a man who says he has the heart.

Incumbent supervisor faces tenacious challenger

One candidate says she is working to keep the county safe from fire.