McClaren, Taylor also in sheriff's race

By Staff

May 31, 2012 - 10:55 am
Jack McClaren, left, and Kevin Taylor are among the seven candidates running for Pinal County sheriff. Submitted photos.

Seven candidates have filed for Pinal County sheriff, not five as previously reported.

A list from the Pinal County Elections Office of candidates running for office who had filed by Wednesday’s 5 p.m. did not include Jack McClaren, a Republican from San Tan Valley, or Kevin Taylor, a Democrat from Maricopa.

Both will run in the Aug. 28 primaries.

The other sheriff candidates are: Derek K. Arnson, Republican, San Tan Valley; Paul Babeu, Republican, San Tan Valley; Tom Bearup, Republican, Queen Creek; Glenn Millsaps, Democrat, Coolidge; and Tyrone Morgan, Independent, Florence.

In keeping with Arizona’s resign-to-run law, McClaren resigned Wednesday as constable of the Justice of the Peace court in Apache Junction. The justice handles smaller criminal and civil cases and the constable enforces the court’s warrants and other orders.

McClaren has 18 years of law enforcement experience.

He was born in Phoenix and moved to San Tan Valley in 1971. He served in the U.S. Army from 1977 to 1980 and was honorably discharged.

He followed in his father’s footsteps and worked as a journeyman glass worker until he joined the Arizona Department of Corrections, where he worked for three years. In 1993, he graduated from the Central Arizona Regional Law Officer’s Training Academy and joined the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

Taylor, a Rancho El Dorado resident, has 30 years experience in law enforcement and private security.

He owns Taylor Made Security and Investigations in Mesa, which performs private investigations and security for construction sites, office buildings, shopping centers and gated communities.

The business is a member of the Maricopa and Greater Phoenix chambers of commerce.

Before moving to Arizona in 1999, Taylor said he was a sheriff’s deputy in Sandusky, Ohio.

For a list of all candidates who have filed for office in Pinal County and the total number of signatures they acquired, click here.

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