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Amanda Stanford and Scott McKee are vying for the Republican nomination for clerk of Superior Court. No other party has a candidate.

In charge of Pinal County Superior Court records, including juror lists, the clerk of the court is responsible for the organization and knowledge of the state’s public records law.

Both candidates running for the office claim integrity and efficiency. They are also both Republican.

Incumbent Amanda Stanford was first elected in 2014. She opened offices in Maricopa and San Tan Valley in an attempt at more convenience for residents. An accountant by trade, she is a certified trainer for Arizona counties in Minimum Accounting Standards and has proposed more modern procedures for the clerk’s office.

But opposition to Stanford has been heated from the beginning from some Republicans. Within a year, her office was embroiled in controversy enhanced by uncorroborated personal gossip within the party. Publicly, she accused then-County Attorney Lando Voyle’s office of causing “several hundred” security breaches in court files, an accusation that caused a rift between the two offices. An audit by the Administrative Office of the Courts later determined there had been instances of unauthorized access to files, though fewer than implied.

She has worked in the clerk’s office for 10 years and is working toward completion of the Certified Court Executive Program. She has three children.

Challenging Stanford in the Republican primary is political newcomer Scott McKee, a financial manager who lives in San Tan Valley.

He wants to exceed the minimum standards of efficiency and take full advantage of the Civil Case E-Filing program. McKee has no background with either the clerk’s office or Stanford personally, but was asked to run by other Republicans. McKee is married with six children.

Whoever wins the primary will face no opposition in the general election unless a write-in candidate joins the fray.

This item appears in part in the August issue of InMaricopa.

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Glenn Morrison. (Photo by Michelle Ryan)

A Maricopa man has announced his intention to run for constable of the Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court.

Glenn Morrison of Rancho El Dorado is running for the post currently held by Bret Roberts, a fellow Republican who has announced his campaign for the state Legislature. 

“I have observed the work of Constable Roberts, who has brought a high level of transparency and a new degree compassion to the office of the constable,” he said. “I would be honored to build upon the foundation he has put in place and be allowed to serve the people of Precinct 4 as the next constable.”

Born and raised in Tucson, Morrison has been a Maricopa resident since 2009. In 2011, he joined the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Posse, holding the rank of lieutenant, and is the posse’s lead firearms/Taser Instructor. He has been an NRA-certified firearms Instructor since 1998, an Arizona CCW instructor since 1999, a law enforcement certified firearms instructor since 2012 and is an NRA Life Member.

Since 2010 he has been active with the nonprofit AZ Precision Motorcycle Drill Team, whose mission is to promote motorcycle safety and safe motorcycling.

“I have extensive experience interacting with a wide variety of people from all walks of life in many, sometimes very difficult circumstances,” Morrison said.

Morrison’s business background includes training, technology, management and real estate. He also said his volunteer work with PCSO has given him an “excellent knowledge of the area.”