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5/29/2014 2:04:00 PM
Ballot slate set for county and local town primary votes
Entrepreneur to replace Radoccia on Clarkdale Council
By Yvonne Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

CLARKDALE -- Main Street Cafe owner Scott Buckley is the only name on the Aug. 26 primary ballot to fill the remainder of councilwoman Patricia Williams' term, said deputy town clerk Mary Ellen Dunn.

Councilman Rennie Radoccia currently occupies the seat, and was selected by his fellow councilmembers in June 2012 from a pool of four candidates who applied to fill in after Williams passed away in May.

Dunn said incumbent councilmen Curtiss Bohall and Bill Regner will also be on the ballot, both running unopposed.

With only three names, there will not be a general election after the primary to decide members of council.

Voters will also see the home rule option on their primary ballots. If approved, the town will be able to set expenditure limits based on current population rather than levels set by the state in 1980. If passed, it will mark the 7th time that Clarkdale voters have approved the Home Rule Option in Clarkdale since its inception in 1980.

Clarkdale voters must decide every four years whether to continue operating under the Home Rule Option, and have done so each time they've been asked since 1980.

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By Jon Hutchinson, Staff Reporter

YAVAPAI COUNTY -- The deadline passed Wednesday to qualify for the ballot for a handful of judgeships and Clerk of Superior Court. Most of the races in the Verde Valley were not contested.

All six of the Superior Court division are not challenged during the 2014 elections. Judges David Mackey, Jennifer Campbell, Tina Ainley, Patricia Trebesch, Celé Hancock and Anna Christina Young will be re-sworn for the new term beginning in January 2015.

Two Republican candidates are on the ballot to fill the Clerk of Superior Court post.

The vote will place the person who gets the majority vote in office beginning with the new year. Donna McQuality and Wayne Meddaugh plus M. Alex Harris and Lisa Bunnell are on a list for appointment by Gov. Brewer during the interim. Former Clerk, Sandra K. Markham died suddenly while in office.

Judge Bill Lundy is unopposed for the Verde Valley Justice Court position he currently holds.

Verde Constable Jay Parkison is also unopposed.

Primary Ballot

Clerk of the

Superior Court

R-Donna McQuality, Chino Valley

R-Wayne Meddaugh, Prescott

Constable - Verde Valley

R-Jay Parkison, Cornville

Justice of Peace - Verde Valley

R-Bill Lundy, Sedona

Superior Court Judge Div 1

R-David Mackey

Superior Court Div 2

R--Jennifer B. Campbell

Superior Court Div 3

R-Tina Ainley

Superior Court Div 4

R-Patricia Trebesch, Prescott

Superior Court Div 5

R--Cele Hancock, Prescott

Superior Court Div 6

R-Anna Christina Young

Jerome Council incumbents face six challengers
By Yvonne Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

JEROME -- All five members of Jerome's town council are running for re-election during the Aug. 26 primary.

Six others also qualified for the ballot following Wednesday's petition-filing deadline. The top five vote earners out of all 11 candidates will be elected to the council, said Town Manager Candace Gallagher.

Mayor Nikki Check will be on the ballot, along with incumbents Lew Currier, Ann Bassett, Bill Phinney, Randall Hunt, and challengers "Rad Chad" Hembrough, Douglas Freund, Steve Pontious, Christina "Alex" Barber, Abe Stewart, and Frank Vander Horst.

The primary ballot also asks candidates to decide Proposition 428, "which was referred to the voters by petition of the public."

The proposition would approve ordinance 405, redefining "transient" and "vacation rental." It adds vacation rental to the listed conditional uses for properties zoned as agricultural, single family and multiple family residences, among others.

Find the full resolution online at under "election information."

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