July 3, 2012
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Four years ago, Darrell Stubbs, then a Democrat, retired from the Gila County Sheriff’s Office and set his sights on taking his boss’ job.
Candidates for Gila County sheriff duked it out last week at a Tea Party debate about stopping illegal immigration and using contract workers. The competition among four former sheriff’s office employees remains one of the most hotly contested races in the county. On Thursday, the debate included Democrat Craig Jones and Republicans Darrell Stubbs and Adam Shepherd. Democrat Ray Van Buskirk pulled out at the last minute, said Tea Party organizers.