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After Tuesday’s Primary Election, the General Election for State House of Representatives (LD11) is shaping up. Three Republicans and three Democrats are running for the two seats.

Incumbent Mark Finchem (43 percent) and Bret Roberts (37 percent) currently lead the Republican race to the state house, according to early counts from the Secretary of State’s Office. Howell Jones, a self-branded outsider, trails the pack with more than 5,000 votes being reported (18.87 percent).

Finchem said he’s not surprised by the early vote count – both in his primary and others.

“What is not surprising as I look at results across the board, it looks like people are enjoying the fact that our economy is doing much better with the change of federal administration, and now with our tax policies kicking in here at the state level over the last four years, life is much better for a lot of people. So, I think the early voting is telling me that’s a vote of confidence,” Finchem said.

With fewer than 30,000 votes tabulated in the Republican primary so far, Roberts, who is current constable of Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court, was hesitant to call the count a primary win just yet.

“There’s still a lot to be reported, but at this point I’m very happy looking at all the numbers in the primary, not only on the Republican side but on the Democrat side,” Roberts said.

Candidates Hollace Lyon (44.48 percent) and Marcela Quiroz (41.57 percent) appear to have easily come ahead of fellow Democrat Barry McCain (13.94 percent).

Quiroz chose caution over celebration after a read of the early votes, while Lyon said she’s ready to campaign in the general election.

“I think it’s interesting that Mark Finchem and Bret Roberts are so close in their numbers, so that tells me that I think I can beat one of the two of them and win a seat in the Legislature,” Lyon said.

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Rich Vitiello. (Submitted photo)

With early ballots counted and eight precincts reporting out of 11, Rich Vitiello and incumbents Henry Wade and Vincent Manfredi lead the eight-person field of Maricopa City Council candidates.

In the Primary Election, Vitiello received the highest number of votes among the early ballots with 1,495 and overall has 21.18 percent of the votes. Wade totaled is at 18.61 percent and Manfredi 17.11.

Votes cast at the polls and provisional ballots are still being counted by Pinal County. Maricopans are electing three councilmembers.

Currently just behind Manfredi, Bob Marsh has 13.98 percent. Cynthia Morgan has 10.87 percent, Linette Caroselli 10.19 percent and Paige Richie 7.2 percent. There were 69 write-in votes cast in the early ballots. The registered write-in candidate is Leon Potter.

One or more candidates could be elected outright in the primary results. Others could continue on to the General Election in November.

Manfredi is minority owner of InMaricopa.

By Julia R. Gusse

Julia Gusse (submitted photo)

It is with great pleasure that I provide Leon Potter with my full endorsement as he seeks election onto the City of Maricopa’s Council. Mr. Potter is running as a write-in candidate and I have had the pleasure of serving with him on our City Council. I am of the belief that our city is headed in a good direction, but has stalled along the way. Furthermore, it is my opinion that change is needed to push and accelerate our progress. He has proven to me, and to this community, that he does not go along to get along and does not subscribe to the status quo of our current leadership. For those reasons, I am happy to provide him with my endorsement and I wish him nothing but luck and good will as he pursues a seat on our city council.

Julia R. Gusse is a member of the Maricopa City Council.

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Arizona Corporation Commission candidates Justin Olson, Jim O'Connor and Bill Mundell congratulate each other after taking audience questions Aug. 4. Photo by Victor Moreno

Candidates running for state and legislative seats answered questions from the public at the InMaricopa.com Town Hall Saturday. From Arizona Corporation Commission to treasurer, they address a wide range of issues.

Maricopa resident Tena Dugan asked candidates campaigning for seats on the Corporation Commission what they would do for Global Water Customers.

Candidates largely referenced claims of corruption on the current commission and their promises to act in consumers’ best interests on how they would protect local water customers.

Former Commissioner Sandra Kennedy, who is fighting to return to the commission, said she has experience with the company.

“I worked very hard during my tenure, and I fought tooth and nail with Global Water,” Kennedy said. “I came down here during their rate case hearing and I listened to the people and I heard every word you said and everything you said to me, I put it in writing and I made Global Water do everything that the community down here wanted.”

Six State Representatives candidates for LD 11 discussed SR 347 funding, taxes and higher education funding.

Maricopa Councilmember Nancy Smith took the microphone to confront one incumbent and the other five hopefuls on how they would stop “passing the buck” to cities and counties while balancing the state budget.

“I am a protector of our city budget, I take it very seriously,” Smith said. “I have a big concern with the common practice that our legislatures have of balancing the budget on the backs of cities and counties.”

Smith said in the past, state budgets have cause Pinal County to increase taxes and the city to forego helpful programs to residents.

Democratic candidate Hollace Lyon said the state should “collaborate, not dictate” with cities and towns.

In the LD11 Senate race, in which there is no primary election, Republican Vince Leach, in his second term in the state house, and Democrat Ralph Atchue tackled public education funding and charter schools.

Talitha Martin, MHS English teacher, asked Leach if he supports transparency in public dollars spent by charter schools.
Leach said he does, as outlined through state statute.

“(Charter schools) have their own rules. You may not like that, I get that. You may not like that, but that was set up in 1998 and that’s how it is,” Leach said.

Leach referenced an article from U.S. News and World Report that he said showed Legislative District 11 boasts nine of the top 29 schools in Arizona.

“Charters are filling up overnight. Why are they filling up? Because they are getting a better education,” Leach said.

Atchue challenged Leach’s claims.

“If things are so great in Arizona why are we losing teachers every day to other states?” Atchue asked.

Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court Judge Lyle Riggs facilitated the non-primary governor debate between Kelly Fryer (D) and Ken Bennett (R), as well as the treasurer race featuring Republican Jo Ann Sabbagh, the first accountant to run for the position.

MHS Educator Rick Abel moderated candidates campaigning to be Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The race includes candidates with public and charter school backgrounds. The debate predictably touched on education funding and school safety, as well as improving services for gifted students.

The eight-hour marathon town hall event at Maricopa High School featured debates from 11 Arizona races. The event was organized by InMaricopa.com and broadcast live on Facebook. To view the full debates, visit the InMaricopa Facebook page.

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Candidates for the state House of Representatives in LD11 are (from left) incumbent Mark Finchem (R), Bret Roberts (R), Hollace Lyon (D), Barry McCain (D), Howell Jones (R)and Marcela Quiroz (D). Photo by Alayja Reynolds

Three Democrats and three Republicans are running for two seats in the state House of Representatives in Legislative District 11. Meet the candidates:



Mark Finchem (incumbent)

Mark Finchem (submitted photo)

City of residence: Oro Valley
Years in the District: 10
Previous cities: Detroit and Kalamazoo, Michigan
Occupation/previous occupations: Legislator, Realtor, software manufacturing, firefighter/law enforcement
Family: Married with 4 children
Political background: Currently serving second term as representative for Legislative District 11.

Mark Finchem supplied the following information:
As a two-term Representative in LD-1 Mark Finchem has stood firm for personal freedoms, economic security, quality education and a debt-free future for constituents. Originally from the mid-west, Mark has leveraged his work experience in law enforcement, computer software security and real estate to serve people in many different ways. As the front runner for House Majority Leader in the coming legislature term, he will give southern Arizona a seat at the leadership table.

Howell Jones

Howell Jones (submitted photo)

City of residence: Rural Pinal County (Maricopa)
Years in the District: 5
Previous cities of residence: Phoenix
Occupation/previous occupations: Retired carpenter
Family: Four grown daughters and grandchildren.
Political background: None
Other community service: Served on the Michigan City Urban Enterprise Board of Directors.

How will your election benefit the residents of Maricopa?
I am the outsider who owes no one anything. I am able to act in the best interest of the people to promote growth in the area.

What do you think was the best accomplishment of the most recent session of the Legislature and why?
I know the budget was a big issue but for me it would have to be S.B. 1394. I am pro-life and anything that can be done to save one I think is very important.

What was your biggest disappointment in the most recent session of the Legislature and why?
The reason I am running is to stop the Legislature from putting out bills that look good on the surface but do nothing to fix the problem they were meant to address.

In the wake of the #RedForEd movement and the education bill, how would you describe the current relationship between Legislators and Arizona teachers?
From what I have seen in the news the relationship is not very good.

What is the greatest change you would like to see in any department of Arizona government?
I believe there is always room for improvement in all departments but I think ADOT could use special attention. They are doing a good job but without constant improvements thing can get decline quickly.

How are you more qualified for a House seat than your Primary Election rivals?
I am not saying I am more qualified but that I bring a different perspective to the seat and I believe in term limits.

How will you stay connected with the concerns of your constituents during your term?
I will encourage people email me with their concerns and problems. I will also be looking at town hall type meetings if I can get enough people to participate.

Bret Roberts

Bret Roberts (submitted photo)

City of residence: Maricopa
Years in the District: 9.5
Previous cities of residence: Gilbert, Chandler & Tempe
Occupation/previous occupations: Pinal County Constable
Family: Married with 3 grown children and a two-month-old baby girl.
Political background: I am a Precinct Committeeman, State Committeeman and have been State Delegate, Presidential Elector, Sgt. At Arms for the Pinal county Republican Committee as well as the District 4 Vice Chair
Other community service: 2013 Graduate of Maricopa Leadership Academy, the second person to achieve Platinum Status in the Maricopa Advocate Program. I have also volunteered for the F.O.R. Food Bank, For Our City Maricopa, Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society & The Streets Don’t Love You Back a charitable organization.

How will your election benefit the residents of Maricopa?
First and foremost, my family and I have lived in the city of Maricopa since January of 2009. I have been serving, (pun intended) the city of Maricopa and the surrounding area as your elected Constable for going on four years now. As much as I can I intend to serve the constituents as equally as possible however, as a resident naturally you are a little more in tune with your immediate surroundings. Once elected I will continue to serve Maricopa’s residents in what I believe to be a more impactful position as their Representative at the legislature.

What do you think was the best accomplishment of the most recent session of the Legislature and why?
I am a supporter of education, and truly believe that education is one of the most critical issues in this state especially when it comes to economic development. Seeing that the legislature was able to get considerable additional revenue into Arizona’s education system with out raising our taxes is an impressive accomplishment.

What was your biggest disappointment in the most recent session of the Legislature and why?
One of Arizona’s most critical issues going on right now is most likely going largely unnoticed by most individuals outside of the agricultural community. To start it is a very complex issue, there are careers made on this one issue alone. For one reason or another one could say it doesn’t have that media spark to it like firearms or immigration. However, it is extremely important and only getting more so as time goes on. That issue is, water. We all need and use it. Even though I would like to have seen this issue resolved. It is a good thing that the proper time, care and consideration is being given to it. As the old saying goes “Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting.”

In the wake of the #RedForEd movement and the education bill, how would you describe the current relationship between Legislators and Arizona teachers?
It’s a work in progress. I believe that almost all of us care about education. Where we may have a difference of opinion is how do we go about achieving the goal.

What is the greatest change you would like to see in any department of Arizona government?
This is a personal issue for our family and I would like nothing more than to find a way to make it easier, even if it’s only a small percentage of the approximately 17 thousand children in the foster system in Arizona.

About two years ago we attempted to adopt a child from an out of state family member. Unfortunately it didn’t work out. During that time, we were told that we were not closely enough related to avoid all the red tape even though the mother was willing. Essentially, we had to go through everything like we were strangers. I understand the system must look out for the welfare of the child, however if there is a family member willing to take a child even if they are ten times removed I believe they should be able to do so and be allowed to complete all the needed details after. Especially if this will keep the child or children with family instead of being placed in the foster system.

How are you more qualified for a House seat than your Primary Election rivals?
My diverse background which includes past business ownership, the financial sector, transportation and currently your elected constable will all afford me the opportunity to see the issues that come across your representative’s desk with the capability of seeing these issues from many different perspectives. I believe this will be an advantageous skill set to a legislator. I am involved all year round and not just when the election seasons rolls around. You see me at Fry’s and at Native Grill. I am a part of this community as much as it is a part of me.

How will you stay connected with the concerns of your constituents during your term?
I have been involved in the Maricopa community in many ways for several years now. I intend to continue to do so. Naturally, I have broadened my involvement to include the rest of legislative district eleven and I Have been to Marana, Oro Valley, Saddlebrooke, Arizona City & Picture Rocks numerous times over the past year. All while maintaining the responsibilities of my current role. I will continue to make myself available once elected.


Hollace Lyon

Hollace Lyon (submitted photo)

City of residence: Pinal County with a Tucson address
Years in the District: 10
Previous cities of residence: All over the U.S. and in Belgium
Occupation/previous occupations: 7th grade math teacher, Retired Air Force colonel, IT consultant
Family: Married, no children, care for my 90 year old mother
Political background: Previously ran for the AZ House in 2014
Other community service: Co-founded and ran for four years, a charity golf tournament which raised over $60K for a Tucson non-profit. Member of Oro Valley American Legion, Post 132, member of NAACP.

How will your election benefit the residents of Maricopa?
Maricopa is a great community growing by leaps and bounds. Challenges are inherent with such rapid growth and the state must provide the investments in public education and modern infrastructure to help deal with those challenges. I will work to ensure real fiscal responsibility, where the taxpayers get what they are paying for, so that Maricopa has what it needs to manage its growth.

What do you think was the best accomplishment of the most recent session of the Legislature and why?
The increases to funding for public education. The continuance of Prop. 301 ensured our schools weren’t facing another cliff of lost funding in 2021, and the nine percent raise for teachers helped to begin to more appropriately compensate the most critical in-school factor for student achievement.

What was your biggest disappointment in the most recent session of the Legislature and why?
The inability of the Governor and Legislature to make any progress on dealing with our water crisis. Arizona is now in its 21st year of drought conditions, our mountain watersheds had the driest winter on record, flows in the Colorado River are well below normal this year, and Lake Mead is now reportedly less than two years away from hitting the 1,075 foot level which will drive significant cuts to the water supply for Pinal County agriculture and the state water bank.

Instead of actually working the solution, by refusing to develop an in-state plan with all stakeholders and not being fully engaged with the Western States Water Council, we risk not being at the table when decisions are made. Our state must speak with one voice and collaborate as a good partner with our neighbors to ensure we will have water when we need it.

In the wake of the #RedForEd movement and the education bill, how would you describe the current relationship between Legislators and Arizona teachers?
Teachers have a much better understanding of why our schools are still underfunded. They also know which legislators care about public education and which ones don’t, and they intend to hold those who don’t, accountable.

What is the greatest change you would like to see in any department of Arizona government?
If government is to do the work it needs to do, it must operate in an ethical manner with full transparency and accountability. That’s why I intend for my first piece of legislation to be about ethics reform.

How are you more qualified for a House seat than your Primary Election rivals?
I served 26 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Colonel. I commanded twice, taught war planning and while serving at NATO, and negotiated the deployment of nuclear planning assets between Turkey and Greece. While assigned to the Pentagon, I also negotiated a worldwide deal with Microsoft, which saved the Air Force $200 million and was lauded by the U.S. Senate as a model for our federal government.

I am a proven leader who knows how to reach across the aisle to get things done. I also understand the meaning of service and want to continue to serve, for the people of Maricopa and LD 11.

How will you stay connected with the concerns of your constituents during your term?
I’m glad you asked this question, because this is important to me. If elected, I will never forget that I work for my constituents. I intend to make myself available and responsive to my constituents in a variety of ways such as meetings on a rotating basis each Friday in LD 11’s various communities, regular email campaigns to keep constituents informed. I will also have an open door policy that encourages constituents to visit me at the Capitol.

Barry McCain

City of residence: Arizona City
Years in the District: 12
Previous cities of residence: Chandler
Occupation/previous occupations: Registered lobbyist for Arizona Veterans with Disabilities, U.S Navy (retired)
Political background: Ran for LD 11 in 2014 as a write-in candidate
Other community service: Pinal Partnership Transportation Committee

Barry McCain supplied the following information:
My name is Barry McCain. I am a born, raised and drafted out of Chandler High School. After a Navel Career I returned to my Arizona roots. Now, I am a Clean Elections Candidate for The Arizona House of Representatives in LD11; a Registered Lobbyist for Arizona Veterans With Disabilities and made sure the 347 was funded’ with the Mayor, at the State level because it is important to Maricopa. I also participate in Water and Transportation issue for the state.

Marcela Quiroz

Marcela Quiroz (submitted photo)

City of residence: Maricopa
Years in the District: 12
Previous cities of residence: Glendora and Colton, California
Occupation/previous occupations: Optician, Bank Teller, Substitute Teacher, SEI Teacher Coach, ELL Coordinator, Teacher.
Family: Married for 14 years, two adult children, a ten year old and legal guardian for special needs sibling.
Political background: N/A
Other community service: Religious Education teacher for 4 years. Volleyball Coach, Track Coach, and Club Sponsor. FOR volunteer. Maricopa Food Pantry Volunteer. Volunteer at Our Lady of Grace.

How will your election benefit the residents of Maricopa?
As a resident, I’m more than aware of the problems we face with the 347 and not having a 24-hour emergency room. I will support legislation that allows for 347 expansion, as well as legislation that creates opportunities for more medical businesses to come into Pinal County.

What do you think was the best accomplishment of the most recent session of the Legislature and why?
I’m a huge fan of Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, who sponsored senate bill SB 1390 renewing Prop. 301, a six-tenths of a percent sales tax for public schools.

What was your biggest disappointment in the most recent session of the Legislature and why?
My biggest disappointment was that the 20 by 2020 Teacher pay increase is not a permanent solution and was short sighted in how it defined a teacher, with no impact to everyone that works in public education, like district employees, front office staff, para professionals, therapists, coaches, or bus drivers.

In the wake of the #RedForEd movement and the education bill, how would you describe the current relationship between Legislators and Arizona teachers?
I think voters, not just teachers are ready to embrace legislators that are not working for special interest groups. Teachers have been open minded all along but are also now paying attention with eyes wide open.

What is the greatest change you would like to see in any department of Arizona government?
I would like to make sure departments other than the governor’s office are well paid as well as fully staffed, particularly in the area of corporate auditors.

How are you more qualified for a House seat than your Primary Election rivals?
I don’t see any of the candidates as rivals. I think we’re all very qualified. We’re all good people.

How will you stay connected with the concerns of your constituents during your term?
I will stay in contact as much as possible with the different LD11 Clubs and use google forms when I can to get feedback, but mostly, I would talk to the people.


Steve Smith (seated) listens to primary opponent Tiffany Shedd speak during a town hall session for U.S. Congressional District 1 facilitated by Mayor Christian Price (left). Photo by Victor Moreno

Engaged citizens quizzed nearly 40 candidates vying for federal, state and local offices Saturday in an InMaricopa.com Town Hall. Among them were three candidates who want to work in Washington, D.C.

Voters fired off questions in person, too, spanning hot-button issues like education, immigration, State Route 347 and healthcare.

Improving and creating opportunities for rural infrastructure projects was on the mind of a local politician not campaigning during the debate Aug. 4.

Pinal County Supervisor Anthony Smith asked candidates in the U.S. House of Representatives race what projects in Legislative District 11 they’d advocate for if elected to serve in Washington.

Steve Smith (R), current state senator and Maricopa resident who is campaigning to be a congressman, said State Route 347 and the proposed Interstate 11 are his priority projects.

“When President (Donald) Trump says, ‘I want to pledge $1 trillion of revenue growth to infrastructure,’ I’ve got a list of what we need done,” Steve Smith said.

Supplying electricity to the Navajo Nation, widening Interstate 10 and constructing off ramps through the Gila River Indian Reservation to improve opportunities for economic development were projects near to the heart of fellow Republican candidate Tiffany Shedd.

Shedd said she’d support the repeal of a 1930s-era labor law that “pushes costs of (federal) infrastructure projects through the roof.”

Maricopa’s overpass was funded partially from a $15 million federal TIGER grant, as well as $15 million in local contributions, and another $19 million from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

“We really need to repeal these draconian laws that drive the cost of a project up once federal money touches it, so that our rural communities can have enough to grab on to some of that infrastructure money and it doesn’t just go to cities like Phoenix, New York City, Los Angeles,” Shedd said.

Wendy Rogers, the third Republican in the U.S. Congress LD11 race, did not attend the debate though scheduled to appear.

Two Democrats and three Republicans are hoping for a job in the U.S. Senate, including Kyrsten Sinema (D), Deedra Abboud (D), Martha McSally (R), Kelli Ward (R) and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R).

Ward, a former state senator, and the only participant in her race at the debate, faced-off with critics during a confrontational solo campaign appearance.

After discussing civility in politics and healthcare, Ward, in her statements about border security fired off against hecklers in the audience.

“I’d appreciate not being heckled by the left,” Ward said amid shouts from the crowd. “Is anyone not from the left who is heckling?”

U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward dealt with a partisan crowd at the town hall. Photo by Angelica Ramis

Maricopa resident Reid Martin answered back, proclaiming his political beliefs align with the Republican party as a moderate.

From the back of the room, Martin said he was frustrated with Ward’s decorum.

Martin said he’s been a registered Republican in every election but said this is the first election where that might change.

He said he came to the Town Hall to question candidates face-to-face.

“If you read enough and you follow these guys enough, our representatives are now running for federal level, you know where they’re going, you know what they voted for, but it’s different to actually hear it come out of their mouths and go on the record,” Martin said.

The eight-hour marathon town hall event at Maricopa High School featured debates from 11 Arizona races. The event was organized by InMaricopa.com and broadcast live on Facebook. To view the full debates, visit the InMaricopa Facebook page.

Nearly 40 candidates are lined up to participate in a Primary Election town hall Saturday in Maricopa.

InMaricopa.com Town Hall features federal, state and local races in three time-blocks at the Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center. The candidates will take questions directly from the audience. The event will be shown on Facebook Live starting at 10 a.m. on Facebook.com/InMaricopa, where viewers can also ask questions that may be relayed to the candidates as time permits. Viewers can also follow on Twitter and Instragram @InMaricopa.

The Town Hall begins at 10 a.m. All are invited to watch, listen and participate.

Facilitators include Mayor Christian Price, state Sen. Frank Pratt, Judge Lyle Riggs, educator Rick Abel and government relations specialist Janeen Rohovit of SRP.

Those in attendance who wish to question candidates will be asked to line up at a stationary microphone.

The facilitators will hold candidates and audience members to the same rules: 1. Be polite. 2. Stay on topic. 3. Be concise (don’t repeat yourself). Because this is a primary debate, candidates are encouraged to engage conversationally with primary opponents on the issues but not with candidates from other parties who may also be on stage.

Students from high school organizations including Student Council, Air Force Junior ROTC, Junior State of America, National Honor Society and the MHS Marching Band will play important roles in running the event. Also participating are members of the Be Awesome Youth Coalition, which will be selling water and hot dogs in the lobby.

The lobby will also be the place to meet many of the candidates as several have prepared campaign tables to share their message.

Block 1 involves candidates running for Congress. All three Republicans on the ballot for U.S. House of Representatives – Wendy Rogers, Tiffany Shedd and Steve Smith – have indicated their participation. Kelli Ward, a Republican, is the only U.S. Senate candidate to sign up and will take questions on her own.

Block 2, scheduled to start no sooner than 11 a.m., features state races.

Six of eight candidates seeking two seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission are scheduled to appear – Democrats Sandra Kennedy, Bill Mundell and Kiana Sears, and Republicans Justin Olson (an incumbent), Jim O’Connor and Eric Sloan.

They will be followed by all six candidates running for state representative in Legislative District 11 – Democrats Hollace Lyon, Barry McCain and Marcela Quiroz, and Republicans Mark Finchem (an incumbent), Howell Jones and Bret Roberts. Three of the candidates are Maricopa residents.

Though they have no primary competition, LD 11 Senate candidates Vince Leach, a Republican, and Ralph Atchue, a Democrat, will take audience questions.

Two governor candidates have agreed to appear – Republican Ken Bennett and Democrat Kelly Fryer. They will be followed by state treasurer candidate Jo Ann Sabbagh.

Five of seven candidates for state superintendent of public instruction are scheduled next. They are Republicans Bob Branch, Jonathan Gelbart and Frank Riggs, and Democrats Kathy Hoffman and David Shapira.

Block 3 includes county and city races and is expected to start after 2 p.m.

Republicans Scott McKee and Amanda Stanford (an incumbent) are the only candidates vying for the position of clerk of Pinal County Superior Court.

All three candidates for constable of the Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court are expected to participate – Republicans Bill Griffin and Glenn Morrison and Democrat Andre LaFond.

To wind up the day of politics, seven city council candidates will take the stage – Linette Caroselli, Vincent Manfredi (an incumbent who is minority owner of InMaricopa), Bob Marsh, Cynthia Morgan, Paige Richie, Rich Vitiello and Henry Wade (an incumbent). They are running for three seats in a nonpartisan election.

The schedule is tentative. Learn about the Town Hall at MaricopaEvents.com.

By Andrea C. McElroy

Andrea McElroy (submitted photo)

I am much honored to have been asked to pen this letter for Linette Caroselli, a woman who has dedicated her life to working with people within her community. It has been my pleasure to know Linette for 20 years and she has always been that person who wanted to make things better not only for herself and her family but for everyone. She is a very committed team player but not afraid to step out and lead.

As a school teacher in Paterson, New Jersey,  Linette’s students always soared because of her preparedness and willingness to go above and beyond for her students.  Her students always knew that she was there for them. As a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Linette served the Northeastern Region as the undergraduate chapter coordinator making her responsible for all of the undergraduate members from Maine to North Carolina. This position required frequent traveling with the writing and enforcement of policy. She served in this position with distinction.

As a 12-year member of the Irvington Municipal Council from 2002-2014, Ms Caroselli worked with me on many community initiatives such as the Irvington Scholar Program and Community Development Zones. As a member of a Municipal Council you are responsible for legislating, investigating and appropriating.  Linette Caroselli is capable of these duties. She has the 4 E’s: she is Eloquent, Efficient, Experienced and Effective. A vote for Caroseill is a vote for good government, effective leadership and quality of life improvement.


Andrea C. McElroy is a former member of the Irvington, New Jersey, Municipal Council.

By Marvin L. Brown

Marvin Brown. (Photo by Tyler Loveall)

As a council member of the City of Maricopa for 10 years, I have had the opportunity to work with and observe a number of men and women who also served on council. They brought different attitudes, personalities and philosophies.

Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt said “We need enthusiasm, imagination, and the ability to face facts, even unpleasant ones, bravely.”

There are two men running for council who possess these qualities, one is Henry Wade, a current colleague, who has met the test of leadership and resoluteness. The other is Rich Vitiello, whose passion and enthusiasm, coupled with having 28 years of business experience brings an asset to this council. When I speak with Rich, I am mindful of that old saying by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “what are you doing for others?”

Rich indeed believes in helping others.

Marvin L. Brown is a member of Maricopa City Council and former vice mayor.

Gary Miller

By Gary Miller

Through our common ground to help shape our city into an excellent community, I have had opportunities over the last four years to work with Bob on the Board of Adjustment, Planning & Zoning Commission and other community development matters. I will vote for Bob Marsh to serve on City Council because of his knowledge, experience, and passion, for Maricopa. I do believe that experience is more than just being familiar with a job, or a willingness to serve the public, or even knowing what to expect in elective office. Experience is what I consider first when voting for a candidate.

Bob’s experience reflects a lot of hard work and dedication to the local community development process. His Maricopa experience to name a few includes membership on the Board of Adjustment, Planning & Zoning Commission, Maricopa Multi Cultural Consortium, Zoning Code Rewrite Task Force, 2040 Vision, and is a graduate of the Maricopa Citizen Leadership Academy. Through our interactions, I learn that he is a semi-retired engineer with an engineering degree from MIT that utilizes a common-sense approach to solving problems. And he’s lived and worked in Arizona more than 25 years – he knows the territory and its challenges. He’s hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 32 times! And back out!

Fresh out of college, he designed and built a computer hardware system for NASA that helped in the success of the Apollo moon landing missions. He led a major software development project at Honeywell/Phoenix that got oil flowing in the Alaska Pipeline during a national gasoline shortage crisis. And he was part of the development team in Tempe that developed McDonald’s first ever point of sale system. (Before that McD’s counter staff worldwide had to add up orders on paper with pencils.)

He also has decades of solution-focused experience in Community Development, building, integrating, and innovating Microsoft’s frameworks to better develop Microsoft’s global community of independent business partners – people like Data Doctors here in Maricopa.

His wife Cynthia is a retired RN, family counselor, and Phoenix radio talk show host, and I witness they both support each other’s work that’s devoted to build and to help improve the quality of life for Maricopa, for their subdivision, for seniors, and for the surrounding communities.

His website (https://maricopavotebob.com) does a good job of highlighting his priorities for community development that includes an approach how to meet the need to improve Senior Services, Health Services, Transportation, Employment, Flood Control & Prevention, and Housing within Maricopa. For example, a cost-effective way to improve senior services is by working with the Maricopa Multi Cultural Consortium, Age-Friendly Maricopa Advisory Committee, and county/state/federal agencies by developing a way for senior services and community services to land in Maricopa by using the existing infrastructure in place.

I believe Bob’s leadership has made a positive impact on people’s lives here in Maricopa. He truly embraces what good leadership and hard work is about, which is why I recommend that you will vote for Bob Marsh for City Council. Vote for Bob!

Gary Miller, Ph.D., is a resident of Maricopa who serves on the Board of Adjustment and the Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board.


By Barry R. Goldman

A few weeks ago, my wife and I had the honor of hosting a get-together for Maricopa City Council candidate Rich Vitiello and his supporters at our house.

It was great to see Mayor Christian Price as well as Councilmembers Marvin Brown, Henry Wade and their spouses in attendance. It is nice to see that Rich has such support, not only from these people but our neighbors, friends and family. Rich is the only City Council candidate who has garnered the endorsement of both our firefighters and police officers – he’s earned it, and it is well deserved.

Rich is also endorsed by former Mayor Kelly Anderson, former Vice Mayor Edward Farrell, State Sen. Steve Smith, City Council Member Marvin Brown, and local business owners, as well, including Helen’s Kitchen, Brooklyn Boys, Tommy’s Auto, Headquarters Restaurant, Hunter Pest Control, Southwest Pediatrics, NuSense Pest Control and Dr. John Donohue at A-1 Health & Wellness.

I know that Rich is eagerly looking forward to working with our City Council and staff to attract more businesses, secure more jobs and do good things for our city. He’s got the talent, drive and passion that Maricopa needs. Let him put that to work for all of us.

Please join me in supporting Rich Vitiello for City Council when you receive your primary ballot. He’s got my vote, and I hope he has yours.

Barry R. Goldman is an area process server who has been involved in Maricopa campaigns.


By Julia Gusse

Julia Gusse (submitted photo)

What’s in an endorsement?

When I first ran for City Council in 2010, I was up against two incumbents and five newcomers. I (along with two other candidates) received the endorsement from COMPA (City of Maricopa Police Association) and I truly credit them for my win. Without their endorsement and their boots on the ground going door-to-door distributing information, I don’t think I would have won.

I had unseated an incumbent, and two years later in 2012 a newcomer by the name of Christian Price ran against an incumbent councilmember for the vacated mayor seat. I was the only seated councilmember to endorse him and go door-to-door campaigning to “Elect Mayor Price.” The mayor was sworn in along with two newcomers, Leon Potter and Bridger Kimball. I had appointed all of these newly elected to a committee prior to them being elected (Potter to Parks, Recreation and Libraries, Kimball to Planning & Zoning and Price to Board of Adjustments).

That same year, Peggy Chapados was appointed (I was the vote that broke the 3-3 tie) to a vacated seat. Four newcomers (the majority) with fresh ideas helped us launch a new City Hall and Copper Sky. I chose to run for a different elected position in 2014, lost that election and had been out of office until 2016 when I ran once again for City Council.

In 2016 I was advised by my campaign manager to seek the endorsement of Mayor Price and against my intuition, I did seek that endorsement and was declined. I went on to win that election with no endorsements and I also did not accept any campaign contributions/funds. I didn’t want to be indebted to anyone and I won big with Maricopa’s endorsement – the most votes (6,826) of any elected councilmember in Maricopa’s history; more than Mayor Price, who ran unopposed, and over 2,000 votes more than the incumbent councilmember.

I am a bit shocked and surprised by the Mayor’s endorsements, but in my case, his endorsement (or lack thereof) did not make any difference.

I believe that in order to move the city forward we must elect newcomers with fresh ideas; there are five new comers in the City Council race. I ask those 6,826 voters that they consider casting their vote to elect Linette Caroselli. Not only because she has my endorsement but because she is an untainted newcomer that will lead our city in a transparent straight-forward manner. Please do your research, don’t be misled and vote for those that will have YOUR best interest in mind.

Julia Gusse is a member of the Maricopa City Council.


Christian Price. Photo by Mason Callejas

By Christian Price

I have known Vincent Manfredi and Henry Wade for almost a decade and proudly served with both on city council since 2014. Councilmen Manfredi’s and Wade’s tireless work and dedication to the people of Maricopa is beyond measure.

Potholes aren’t Republican or Democrat. Councilmembers must be willing to work together to achieve the city’s goals, and Vince’s and Henry’s focus is always on the betterment of our community and all its citizens.

Councilmembers Vincent Manfredi and Henry Wade are tremendous assets to our city council and community. I’m going to proudly vote for them on Aug. 28 and encourage the rest of Maricopa to do the same.

Christian Price is the mayor of Maricopa.

Note: Vincent Manfredi is minority owner of InMaricopa.

See future leaders at work: Maricopa High School students and Be Awesome Youth Coalition will be on the scene to help run the InMaricopa Town Hall on Saturday.

Students will get a peek at the democratic process during a candidate debate in August.

The Primary Election Town Hall, an InMaricopa.com event, will host candidates vying for local, state and federal positions.

Tentative Itinerary for InMaricopa Town Hall

Teens from around Maricopa will volunteer there with various organizations, the leaders of which hope the students will learn real-world skills like representation, proper debate and public interaction.

“The kids who will show up to an event like this will be engaged kids who are serious and polite who want to be involved and know their issues,” said Priscilla Behnke, program youth director for Be Awesome Youth Coalition.

Up to eight teens will represent the group during the town hall, including students from Maricopa High School and Sequoia Pathway Academy.

It’s Behnke’s view that those who learn to get involved with the community early earn personal benefits like confidence later in life.

“You can’t just wish it, you have to go out there and shake hands and go to the meetings,” Behnke said. “You can be an influencer if you want to.”

BAYC participants attend various events in Maricopa every year. Behnke said she stresses to teens the importance of customer service, honesty and advocacy when her group makes public appearances.

She hopes students will observe the way candidates present themselves and how knowledgeable their responses are.

Behnke also preaches to teens the importance of finding their voices through community engagement, an act she hopes will lead them to “advocate for themselves and for their causes.”

Other student groups and clubs at Maricopa High School are volunteering at the event in various capacities, from student ambassadors to greeters and photographers.

Student Council, Air Force Junior ROTC and other campus organizations of future leaders will be both up front and behind the scenes.

The debate begins 10 a.m. on Aug. 4 at Maricopa High School. Click here to learn more.


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Peg Chapados

By Peg Chapados

I am writing this in support of Councilmember Henry Wade and ask that you vote for him to remain on Maricopa City Council.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Wade since 2008 when we met as attendees of the first Maricopa Citizens Leadership Academy. I have worked with him on multiple projects and programs and have served with him since 2014 on City Council.

Currently, Henry and I serve as Council liaisons to the Planning & Zoning Commission and Cultural Affairs Advisory Committee. I have also had the privilege of attending and/or working with him on his innovative Councilmember on the Corner quarterly presentations, along with numerous other community events.

I have come to know and appreciate Henry’s passion and commitment to Maricopa. Whatever the program or activity, Henry and his family are there, serving as examples of involved, caring residents. Henry’s interests are broad and serve as a great complement to those of the entire Council. He is someone who loves Maricopa, and it shows.

Henry’s dedication is evident in how he approaches, researches and deliberates the myriad issues brought before City Council. He is passionate about youth, veterans, education, culture and heritage. His perspective embraces diversity and his focus and decisions strive to always reflect what is in the best interests of Maricopa.

We have 7 candidates for Maricopa City Council and one write-in candidate. While each brings talents and experiences to the table, there are only three available seats. The choice of who will serve is in your hands.

I urge you to attend the upcoming candidate forums. Learn as much as you can about each candidate. Reach out to all of them and ask not only what they stand for but what they will do to keep Maricopa moving forward. Find out first-hand the level of commitment each is prepared to make. Be certain they understand the job they are campaigning for. By giving them your vote, you are giving them your voice.

I can say without reservation that Henry Wade is a great City Council member. He understands the role of councilmember and he works hard at it. As a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, Henry is “front and center” whenever and wherever needed because he chooses to be. He has a loving and supportive family who are often right there with him. He knows that serving often means sacrificing, because if you’re at a meeting or an event, you’re not home having dinner with family. That’s a choice Henry makes time and time again. He is an excellent example of “service before self,” and I am proud to call him my friend and colleague.

When it comes to experience, commitment and knowledge, Henry Wade is a proven community leader and councilmember.  I ask you to join me and vote for Henry Wade for City Council. Thank you.

Peg Chapados is vice mayor of Maricopa.

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Scott McKee is the challenger to incumbent Amanda Stanford in the Republican Primary for clerk of the Pinal County Superior Court.

The office of clerk of the Pinal County Supreme Court has been a volatile position within the Republican Party and is again heading for a Primary Election battle as a political newcomer takes on the incumbent.

Scott McKee of San Tan Valley is challenging Amanda Stanford of Florence for the GOP nomination. McKee has worked in accounting and financial management most of his career. Stanford was first elected four years ago and had worked in the clerk’s office since 2007.

No other party placed a candidate on the ballot.

Though the office of Clerk of the Superior Court is mostly administrative, she said, political affiliation can play a part because, “legislation, court rules and administrative orders do impact the responsibilities and operations of the office regarding case flow, fees associated with various court filings, and statistical reports to name a few.”

The candidates provided the following information:

Scott McKee
Residence: San Tan Valley
Age: 49
Occupation: Accounting
Family: Married for 24 years, six children age 11-23
Politics: Lifelong Republican; NRA life member, pro-life, advocate for victims’ rights

Why do you want this position?
My purpose for running is to serve as the statesman for the people of Pinal County. The Pinal County Clerk’s office should be managed with fairness, integrity, and efficiency. Our justice system, judges and all citizens of Pinal County deserve a leader they can trust.

Why are you the right person for this job?
My strong leadership, organizational skills and commitment to you the citizens and our judicial system make me a great candidate for Clerk of the Superior Court in Pinal County.

There are no other candidates for the position of clerk of the Superior Court, so the winner of the Republican primary will have no competition in the general election.

Learn more about this race in InMaricopa’s upcoming Election Guide, and question these candidates in person at the InMaricopa Town Hall Aug. 4 – MaricopaEvents.com.

Amanda Stanford
Residence: Florence
Age: 34
Occupation/previous occupations: Town of Florence – Student worker co-op program during high school approximately 2000-2002; Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court’s Office (2002) – Part-time permanent Deputy Clerk; Town of Florence (2002-2007) – Cashier, Account Clerk, Accountant; Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court’s Office (2007-2014) – Accountant II, Business Operations Manager; Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court (2015-Current) – Clerk of the Superior Court
Family: Three children, Logan, 12; Lola, 9; Mitchell, 7
Years in Pinal County: 20

I am one class away from obtaining my MSA. I have worked in various positions within the Clerk of the Superior Court’s office for approximately 10 years. I have been accredited by the Administrative Office of the Courts to train Minimum Accounting Standards (MAS) within the Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court’s office as well as the various courts and justice partners throughout Arizona. I am working towards completing the Certified Court Executive Program through the Administrative Office of the Courts. Once that certification is obtained, I plan to apply to participate in the Fellows program through the Institute of Court Management – a nationally accredited court management program.

Why do you want this position? I have had the privilege of serving the people of Pinal County as the Clerk of the Superior Court for the last four years and would love the opportunity to continue to do so. The office has made many strides and has experienced a multitude of accomplishments since my coming into office such as: successful deployment of eFiling services, kiosk check-in for jurors, various training modules for continued staff development, and many more.

What do you want to change about the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court?
This is an interesting question. The word “change” can sometimes have such a negative connotation to it. That being said, I don’t want to “change” anything within the Clerk of the Superior Court’s office. I want to continue to make “improvements” in all areas and aspects within the office of the Clerk. Staff development is very important to me. By involving my team of about 90 employees in various projects within the office, together, we have significantly reduced waste, continue to analyze and streamline processes, and put measures and goals into place to ensure that resources are being used appropriately and efficiently for the various services the Clerk of the Superior Court’s office provides. Currently, we are working towards making as many functions as electronic as possible. With the various improvements that have been made thus far, we have realized millions of dollars in savings within our various budgets. I have given back to Pinal County $1.6M dollars, saved from my Special Revenue Funds to help supplement the Pinal County General Fund. Fiscal stewardship and effective case flow management ultimately reduce costs, which in turn, reduces the need for tax increases or the need to cut any of the other various important Pinal County programs.

Why are you the right person for this job?
I believe in this office and what it represents. I have only ever worked for the government. I truly have the heart of a public servant. I bring my education and 10 years of experience specifically related to the Clerk of the Superior Court’s office. I would love to have the honor to continue to serve the wonderful citizens of Pinal County.


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Pinal County Recorder Virginia Ross is reminding voters and potential voters that the midterm election will be soon upon us.

“Time is running out to register to vote,” Ross stated. “It’s important that if you have any questions about if you are registered or not, to give our Citizen Contact Center a call at (520) 509-3555 or by cell at 3-1-1.” Or check the status of your registration at Voter View https://voter.azsos.gov/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do

If you would like to register to vote, you can find a voter registration form at most city, county and state offices or libraries. The Recorder’s Office will mail you a form if you call and request it at 520-509-3555. You can also go online to the EZ Voter Registration page https://servicearizona.com/webapp/evoter to complete a form electronically.

If you would like to be on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL), you can go to: http://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Recorder/Pages/PermanentEarlyVotingRegistration.aspx and download a request. You can also fill one out at the Pinal County Voter Registration Office in Florence or at either Pinal County Recorder’s Office satellite locations in Casa Grande and Apache Junction.

Important dates for Upcoming Elections

Primary Election
July 14, Military & Overseas Registered Voters ballots are mailed
July 30, Last Day to Register to Vote
Aug. 1, Early ballots are mailed to the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) & absentee voters; early in-person voting begins at the three Recorder’s Office locations
Aug. 28, Primary Election

General Election
Sept. 22, Military & Overseas Registered Voters ballots are mailed
Oct. 9, Last Day to Register to Vote
Oct. 10, Early ballots are mailed to the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) & absentee voters; early in-person voting begins at the three Recorder’s Office locations
Nov. 6, Primary Election

Offices on the ballot for the Primary Election
Voters will receive a ballot according to political party affiliation (Republican, Democrat, Green or Libertarian), Independents choose which ballot and may select “Nonpartisan” which will have only city/town contests.
• Federal offices: U.S. Senate and U.S. Representative for Congressional Districts 1, 3, and 4
• Statewide offices: Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Mine Inspector, Corporation Commissioner
• Legislative offices: State Senate (one seat) and House (two seats) for Legislative Districts 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, and 16
• County offices: Clerk of the Superior Court, Justices of the Peace, Constables, Precinct Committee Persons (partisan only)
• Cities/Towns: Primary election for city/town council members and mayor. Runoff in November, only if necessary.
• Special Taxing Districts: There may be some that participate in the primary, but most will be on the November ballot.

Offices on the ballot for the General Election
All voters will receive the same ballot for a given precinct part – all candidates from all parties that won in the primary are listed.
Same offices as discussed for the primary, except cities/towns may not be included if they don’t need runoff elections.
Additional contests:
• County, city/town, school district, special taxing district ballot measures
• School district and special taxing district governing board candidates
• Retention of judges (Arizona Supreme Court, Arizona Court of Appeals and Superior Court)
• Statewide ballot measures

If you are interested in who has qualified for the Primary Election, you can click on the following link: http://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/elections/Documents/UpcomingElections/PrimaryCandidates.pdf


Linette Caroselli (Sunshine and Reign Photography)

By Linette Y. Caroselli

Never in a million years did I think I would ever become a teacher. My dream was to be the next Barbara Walters. I always had a passion for journalism. I would watch the evening news and tell myself one day, I would be on TV. Well, life had other plans.

I graduated from Bloomfield College with a B.A. in English Communications in 1996, a year late. I had a little baby girl. Walking across that stage to get my degree was a huge accomplishment because people told me I wouldn’t be able to finish. Shortly, a chance meeting at a BBQ would change my life forever.

There were five teachers from Newark, New Jersey, in attendance. We began talking about education specifically writing because after all I was going to be the next Barbara Walters. They told me that wasn’t my calling. Teaching kids Language Arts was. The look on my face must have been comical. Me, a teacher?

I was told it was the perfect job given my situation as a young mother. I went to the East Orange Board of Education and applied for a substitute position to give it a try. The lady taking my information saw my hesitation and said, “Don’t worry. The kids will let you know the first day if this is the job for you or not.” She was right.

That day turned into a year. That year turned into 21 years. I have never looked back.

Teaching to me is one of the greatest blessings in my life! I have had the opportunity to positively impact the lives of over 1700 children from all walks of life. I have inspired, motivated, guided, fed, clothed, mentored and most importantly developed future adults into productive individuals. I am so very proud to be in this profession that makes all others possible. I knew I would never get rich doing this but the rewards are priceless. I am more than a teacher; I am a mentor, a confidant, a 2nd mom, and a role model.

As I move into the next venture of my life as a possible city council member, my role as a teacher will play a vital role in the decisions I make. The impact of my decisions is carefully considered because they affect lives. I will now have the opportunity to positively impact an entire city.


Linette Caroselli is an eighth grade ELA teacher at Desert Wind Middle School and a candidate for City Council.


All seven candidates for three seats on the Maricopa City Council participated in a primary election forum at Maricopa Unified School District on Saturday. The Junior State of America Club at Maricopa High School organized and hosted the event, which allowed every candidate to answer a handful of questions submitted by the community. Maricopa Rotary Club was the presenting organization. Some responses:

Who has a plan for attracting more businesses and jobs?

Linette Caroselli: “To bring them here, we have to show the value of being here. When you support a small business, you’re supporting a dream.” Caroselli, an MUSD teacher, said the city needs to be customer-based.

Vincent Manfredi: “I think we need to concentrate on small-business owners who will grow.” The incumbent said Maricopa needs more office space, light industrial and infrastructure.

Bob Marsh: An IT consultant, Marsh said he might pull some industry strings connected to the Belmont smart city proposed by the founder of Microsoft. “I would contact Bill Gates and see if they could test some of their concepts here.”

Cynthia Morgan: The Maricopa Chamber of Commerce stalwart said the city should be “talking one-on-one” with companies that have potential to move to town.

Leon Potter: “Shop local.” The former councilmember and current write-in said the city needs to tap into local organizations like Maricopa Economic Development Alliance and Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

Paige Richie: “Hard work and accessibility.” The youngest candidate said the city should ask companies like car dealerships and call centers why they don’t locate to Maricopa.

Rich Vitiello: Asserting international business experience, Vitiello said he plans to “Work hard and meet people we need to work with.”

Henry Wade: The incumbent said the current council may have not always been successful, “but we didn’t quit.”

What is Maricopa’s water future?

Wade: Holding Arizona Corporation Commission’s feet to the fire, Wade said, relies on elections, and scrutinizing Global Water is less difficult “if the right folks are making decisions.” He said the city had looked into buying the private utility, but the subsequent tax rates would have been enormous.

Vitiello: Also saying the council needs to “stay on top of” Global Water constantly, Vitiello said it will take work. “I have a pool. My bills are pretty big.”

Richie: The city needs to work with Global Water, Richie said, “to find more cost effective and more sustainable options.”

Potter: “Regulating water is not within the city’s jurisdiction.” Potter said he intends to work with Global Water but also listen to constituents. “It takes a lot of negotiation and going in front of the Corporation Commission.”

Morgan: “We’ve all tried to fix the problem,” said Morgan, who led a push to take Global Water before the ACC and make a deal on fees. Because Global Water invested a lot of money in Maricopa, it won’t be leaving anytime soon, and she said the best solution is to keep talking with GWR staff one-on-one.

Marsh: “Developers aren’t going to build subdivisions without a 100-year supply.” Marsh said Maricopa had a “secret” water supply with the Santa Cruz. He said developers made the “stupid” decision to create green landscaping to lure Midwesterners into buying desert homes. “We’ve got to stop that.”

Manfredi: With current regulations and Global Water’s wells, Manfredi said, “I don’t believe we’re going to have a water problem for a very long time.”

Caroselli: To assure affordable water, Caroselli said the answer is to “elect a Corporation Commission that’s actually going to do something.”

About 90 attended the forum, which was sponsored by the Maricopa Monitor and Helen’s Kitchen. The candidates will next share the stage Aug. 4 during the InMaricopa.com Town Hall.

Vincent Manfredi is a minority owner of InMaricopa.

Maricopa High School is hosting the InMaricopa.com Town Hall Aug. 4 at the MHS Performing Arts Center. The free event is open to the public and will feature at least 33 candidates in 10 races.

Primary Election Town Hall
When:  Saturday, Aug. 4
Where: Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave. | Maricopa, AZ 85139
Format: Town Hall
Schedule (tentative) and participating candidates
Cost: Free
RSVP: MaricopaEvents.com
Facilitators: Mayor Christian Price, Judge Lyle Riggs, Janeen Rohovit
Questions: 520-568-0040, Raquel@InMaricopa.com

Maricopa High School is hosting the InMaricopa.com Town Hall Aug. 4 at the MHS Performing Arts Center. The free event is open to the public and will feature at least 32 candidates in 10 races.

Among the candidates who have committed to attend are all three Republican candidates for U.S. Congress District 1, six candidates for Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates utility services, and seven candidates for Maricopa City Council.

“Our mission is to prepare students to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens, and this town hall will not only provide such opportunities for our students but for all residents of Maricopa,” said Maricopa Unified School District Superintendent Tracey Lopeman. “Government affects every facet of our lives – especially public education – and to make the changes we want in our society, it’s imperative we be educated on and engaged in the political process.”

Candidates will take questions from the audience in attendance and watching live through social media. InMaricopa.com Editor Raquel Hendrickson said the town hall format would allow voters latitude to challenge the candidates about their positions. “We want to markedly reduce the role of the moderator and let citizens get the answers to questions they want to ask. We want a format that would allow candidates to more fully engage with each other on the issues.”

The Town Hall will be separated into time blocks. The first block starts at 10 a.m. with Congressional District 1 GOP candidates Wendy Rogers, Tiffany Shedd and Steve Smith. Gubernatorial candidates Ken Bennett and Kelly Fryer as well as candidates for superintendent of public instruction, treasurer and Corporation Commission will also participate. The three Republicans seeking two seats in the Arizona House have confirmed their participation, as have all candidates for city council and constable.

“Our goal is to inform our readers and viewers,” Hendrickson said. “Our community will be much better served if we go to the polls with an understanding of the issues and the candidates who want to represent us in public office.”

Among the facilitators for the Town Hall are Maricopa Mayor Christian Price and Judge Lyle Riggs. They will enforce simple rules that apply to the candidates and audience alike: Be respectful, be succinct, stay on topic and don’t repeat yourself.

Price, a three-term mayor whose term runs through 2020, invites Maricopans and those from outside the city to attend: “Join me Aug. 4 to learn about the people wanting to represent you and your family in public office.”

Please RSVP at MaricopaEvents.com.



Seven people are competing for three seats on the Maricopa City Council. Vice Mayor Peg Chapados opted not to run this year, but Henry Wade and Vincent Manfredi are seeking re-election. They face five candidates, none of whom has held elected office but all of whom have provided varying degrees of community service to Maricopa. The Primary Election is Aug. 28. City council candidates will appear in a Town Hall debate Aug. 4 at Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center.

Here are the candidates in alphabetical order.

Linette Y. Caroselli

Linette Caroselli (submitted photo)

Age: 45
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Years in Maricopa: 4
Occupation: Teacher
Family: Widowed with three children (16, 19, 22)
Political background: First time entering politics, worked with Irvington Municipal Councilmember A. McElroy on Irvington Scholar Program and Community Development Zone
Previous community service: Take It to the Block: Voter Registration Drive, CNN screening- Black in American: Almighty Debt, Breast Cancer Walk, health fairs, chaired debutante balls, March of Dimes, Operation Big Book (donated school supplies to Maricopa Elementary and Desert Wind Middle School for four years), Swim 1922 (initiated program in Maricopa to teach children water safety with the AZ Seals), and more; I have over 20 years of community service experience.

What is the one thing you would like to change about Maricopa as a councilmember and why? My campaign slogan is Your City, Your Voice! The one thing I would love to change is development of community programs that involve the true voice of the city. I believe we can implement a full community collaboration that will provide quality services that are relevant, convenient and beneficial to the public involving all stakeholders. We can offer programs that benefit the community at large: human trafficking education, outreach programs for our veterans, health fairs inclusive of mental health, teen suicide prevention, campaign for a 24-hour emergency center, and exclusive activities and enrichment resources for our senior population.

Qualifications? A fresh perspective for Maricopa that involves thinking outside the box is what I offer. My ability to identify, analyze and implement efficient and wise targeted expenditures while providing greater service, greater progress to the public makes me qualified to serve my constituents.

Proudest achievement? My proudest achievement is being blessed to be a blessing. When I serve my community, it makes me proud and happy to pay it forward, exemplifying servant leadership. You do not have to be rich to serve your fellow man, but I have learned it requires collaboration, implementation and vision.

On what aspect of city government are you least knowledgeable? I just completed the Maricopa Citizen Leadership Academy, which was a great experience. I would love to learn more about transportation to better serve my constituents. With the current issues of Route 347, it is important to understand the dynamics and then present different avenues to resolve the problem.

Vincent Manfredi (incumbent)

Vincent Manfredi

Age: 47
Hometown: West New York, New Jersey (Exit 16E)
Years in Maricopa: 8
Occupation: Maricopa City Councilmember, director of advertising and small-business owner
Family: I am married with 3 beautiful daughters.
Political background: Current Maricopa City Councilmember and district chairman for the Pinal County Republican Committee. Campaigned for many candidates throughout the state.
Previous community service: Numerous nonprofits, including the City of Maricopa itself. Volunteered with Babe Ruth League, Little League, Maricopa Pantry, Maricopa Food Bank, The Streets Don’t Love You Back, Maricopa High School Football Boosters, Maricopa High School Baseball and Softball Boosters, Relay for Life, Maricopa Board of Adjustment, Maricopa Zoning code re-write taskforce and more.

What is the one thing you would like to change about Maricopa as a councilmember and why? I have worked to make many changes, but perhaps the one that has evaded me is the ability to make Maricopa a city of YES. We have made strides to get there, but we have not quite achieved the goal of being a city that says YES when approached by developers. To clarify, I want us to never say “No, we can’t do that,” but instead say “Yes, we can, and this is how.” Together we can make Maricopa a destination for development of residential, retail and industrial.

Qualifications? Before I ran four years ago I served on two city boards and commissions, attended two years of council meetings and worked with our mayor and staff on various issues. Since being elected in 2014 I have nearly perfect attendance at meetings, and have networked with other elected officials throughout the state while serving on various boards.

Proudest achievement? As a councilmember I would say it is a toss-up between keeping our budgets balanced and working with the mayor, council and staff to facilitate the start of the SR 347 Overpass. On a personal level, my proudest achievement is working together with my wife to raise three daughters who make us proud every day.

On what aspect of city government are you least knowledgeable? This is a hard question to answer as an incumbent councilmember. We must be knowledgeable in all aspects of city government. One aspect where I could use improvement would be Human Resources, as council does not normally weigh in on HR issues.

Vincent Manfredi is a minority owner of InMaricopa.


Bob Marsh

Bob Marsh

Age: 74
Hometown: Poultney, Vermont
Years in Maricopa: 7.5
Occupation: IT industry consultant, former electrical engineer, software engineer, systems engineer, and project manager, former human resources manager, compensation manager, and community development manager
Family: My wife, Cynthia, 2 children and their spouses, wife’s 3 children and their spouses, children, and grandchildren
Political background: Ran for Maricopa Flood Control District Board (lost by 3 votes)
Previous community service: City of Maricopa Planning & Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, Zoning Code Rewrite Task Force, Subdivision Ordinance Rewrite Citizens Committee, Vision 2040 Citizens Committee, General Plan Update Committee, vice president of Arizona Industrial Compensation Association, board member of International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners – Arizona Chapter, treasurer of Maricopa Multi Cultural Consortium.

What is the one thing you would like to change about Maricopa as a councilmember and why? While transportation, flood prevention, employment, health services and housing are rightfully top of mind in Maricopa, I would like City Council also to prioritize the development and distribution of senior services in our city. We are about the only city in Arizona that doesn’t have a senior center, and we are currently missing out on many senior benefits because we have no place for those programs to land and no one to administer them. I think the city is missing out on a great opportunity to raise the quality of life for our seniors.

Qualifications? I’m an engineer with experience and proven skills in problem solving. With over 25 years in Arizona, I understand the state’s resources and issues. At Microsoft, I worked in Community Development, where I created programs that grew Microsoft’s worldwide services community from 30,000 to now more than 17 million people.

Proudest achievement? Personal: My two grown children. My daughter has a master’s degree in library science and works in a university library in Texas. My son is a software engineer at a major consulting company in Washington state. Professional: Having computer equipment I designed and built used by NASA on the lunar landings.

On what aspect of city government are you least knowledgeable? I don’t have experience in playing politics. I’ve always worked on boards, teams, commissions and committees to build consensus and to get things done by working as a team player in group efforts. I feel that’s the way an effective city council should work.

Cynthia Morgan

Cynthia Morgan

Age: 60+
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Years in Maricopa: 11
Occupation: “MURDER IN…” Mystery Dinner Theatre and events.
Family: Husband Lindy Tidwell, 2 daughters, 3 stepdaughters, 9 grandchildren: 2 attended Maricopa H.S. and 1 Butterfield Elementary.
Political background/previous campaigns: In California 1973-74: worked at Democratic Campaign Headquarters on Jerry Brown Campaign for governor and Robert Mendelson for Controller. Switched parties and worked on Pete Wilson campaign for governor. In Arizona, worked with Sen. Barbara Leff and the Arizona Film Commission on authoring the tax bill to attract more film business to Arizona. Helped with numerous local and state campaigns, from Anthony Smith to Doug Ducey.
Previous community service: I’ve been committed to service to my community since a teen when I spent almost every weekend and my entire summer breaks as a “Candy Striper” at Indiana State Hospital (we were called Pinafore Girls), Lions Club, Rotary Club, Soroptimist Club, Copa Film Fest, Seeds of Change, F.O.R. Maricopa food bank, numerous chambers of commerce, including volunteer positions with Maricopa Chamber. Started the first Miss Maricopa Pageant here in 2011. Founded the “Stop Global Water Coalition” and helped organize the first time we got GW in front of the Corporation Commission.

What is the one thing you would like to change about Maricopa as a councilmember and why? Council’s refusal to work with its own Chamber of Commerce is NOT in the best interest of the community.

Qualifications? Passion. Love for community. Lifetime of hard work and long hours. I’ve always worked well with others. I am in touch with and communicate very well with the people, my fellow taxpayers and citizens. I listen to ALL opinions and points of view to make an informed decision.

Proudest achievement? A tie: 1) The P.A.T.H. program: “Training and placement of Actors with Disabilities, Women and Minorities to create Diversity and Equality on Stage & Film” because it changed the industry. 2) The 3 biological grandchildren of my late husband. We raised them, as his daughter was a drug addict criminal who abandoned them, & instead of excuses and playing victims to justify bad behavior, they took the alternate path. No drugs or bad behavior, instead were honor students. Of the 2 oldest who attended Maricopa H.S., one graduated NAU with Honors and is a counselor at Southwest Mental Health; the second just graduated ASU Magna Cum Laude and has already taken a job at EXXON Corporate, in Houston, and the youngest is a straight A High School Junior, and plays Varsity Football. I like to think that is because of the values we instilled in them against the bad hand they were dealt.

On what aspect of city government are you least knowledgeable? Crunching numbers! UGH!!!

This is a corrected version of an item previously appearing in print.


Paige Richie

Paige Richie (submitted photo)

Age: 20
Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
Years in Maricopa: 8
Occupation: Student
Family: I am the youngest girl of 6 children to Janine and Thomas Richie, both active members of the community who value growth and development of our youth. My mother is a teacher who has spent much of her career in Maricopa and my father is an active member of Maricopa who has coached school teams and taught as a substitute.
Political background: This is my first campaign, but I am registered as an independent.
Previous community service: Assisted in planning and promotion of multiple fundraiser events for local schools. Participated as a mentor for youth for several years and directed a number of community events for students and local youth. Assisted teachers in building lesson plans, student projects and developing classroom environments. Organized and promoted a number of fundraising events for the community and local families. Devote time to reach youth and encourage civic engagement in our community.

What is the one thing you would like to change about Maricopa as a councilmember and why? I’d like to work on Maricopa’s environmental impact and sustainability. With the effort our city has made to prevent light pollution, I feel as though we have expressed a value in our role in the environment, and I would like to further pursue that value and help our city to lessen our environmental impact. Furthermore, by looking into environmentally friendly options, this may open new pathways for economic stimulation in the form of jobs and growth for Maricopa.

Qualifications? I have extensive knowledge and experience of working with the Arizona community and their state programs through working with the Department of Economic Security. This experience is furthered by my political science major at ASU, giving me the tools and knowledge to apply justice and sustainability to my community.

Proudest achievement? I am most proud of my education. Coming from a family where a college education hasn’t always been an option, I am proud that I am actively a senior at Arizona State University.

On what aspect of city government are you least knowledgeable? Zoning regulations and how they are applied in order to make our city as efficient as possible.

Rich Vitiello

Rich Vitiello (submitted photo)

Age: 53
Hometown: New York City, New York
Years in Maricopa: 13
Occupation: Sales
Family: Wife Joann, 4 daughters, 8 grandkids
Political background: Previously campaigned for Maricopa City Council and Pinal County Board of Supervisors
Previous community service: Volunteer with Maricopa Police Dept.; Food Bank; 2040 Vision Committee; City Board of Adjustments; MUSD J.V. softball coach; fundraisers for Maricopa residents in hardship; donations of bicycles to fire and police depts.; umpire at the American Legion Annual Softball Game; graduated from Maricopa Leadership Academy.

What is the one thing you would like to change about Maricopa as a councilmember and why? Maricopa needs more local, high-paying jobs. I look forward to using my 27 years of business experience to work with the economic development dept. And attending educational and trade meetings and conferences to bring more business opportunities to our city to improve the quality of life.

Qualifications? Transparency, honesty and accountability are what made me successful. I have been actively engaged in city government issues and have participated first-hand in initiatives that have a direct impact on Maricopa’s development, growth and quality of life. I was endorsed by Fraternal Order of Police and Arizona Association of Firefighters.

Proudest achievement? Being a husband, father and grandfather. Family is the most important thing to me. My family is part of this community, and my dedication to my family and this community is steadfast.

On what aspect of city government are you least knowledgeable? One-third of Maricopa is in a flood zone, affecting city housing, transportation, growth and business development. I am learning more about how this issue may be resolved by sitting in on meetings with Flood District President Dan Frank and Mayor Christian Price. I look forward to learning more.


Henry Wade (incumbent)

Henry Wade (submitted photo)

Age: 63
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Years in Maricopa: 10
Occupation: Director of Housing Counseling Services, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., City Councilmember, City of Maricopa
Family: Gayle Randolph, Jeremiha Ballard and Jovan Wade
Political background: Member of Maricopa City Council since 2014, campaigned for County Supervisor 2012
Previous community service: Planning & Zoning Commission (2 years as Vice-Chair), Chair – Pinal County Democratic Party, Affirmative Action Moderator Arizona Democratic Party, Vice Chair African-American Caucus Arizona Democratic Party. Numerous community task force and committees. Scout leader and 20 years active duty military (Air Force retired)

What is the one thing you would like to change about Maricopa as a councilmember and why?  I would love to change the access to our community. I think the most significant concern of most residents, including myself, is the extreme limitation of State Route 347. Not just because it is restricted to four lanes but that the entry and exit to feeder roads are dangerous and deadly. I am prayerful that through the efforts of the recently formed Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), we are steps closer to fixing a problem that has harmed many of our citizens and plagued us all enough.

Qualifications? I have hands-on job experience. My qualifications and experience comes from successfully serving the community on council diligently and faithfully for last 3+ years. Additionally, I serve as liaison or vice on Maricopa Unified School District #20, Planning and Zoning Commission, Cultural Awareness Advisory Committee and Youth Council.

Proudest achievement? Connecting the underserved community to city government, encouraging citizens to serve on Boards, Commissions and task forces along with participating in the Maricopa Leadership Academy (MCLA).  I am especially thrilled at the recent successful, youth conducted, Mock City Council meeting, as part of my Councilmember on the Corner outreach program.

On what aspect of city government are you least knowledgeable? If I have a limitation, it is in the Human Resources department. As a director of staff, I recognize that HR is a special department with many moving parts and aspects. I applaud the civil servants’ that manage those duties. It is an ever-changing landscape.

This article appears in the July issue of InMaricopa.

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Three men are campaigning to be the next constable of the Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court. Republicans Bill Griffin and Glenn Morrison meet in the Primary Election, which is Aug. 28. The winner will face off with Democrat Andre LaFond in the General Election in November.

All three men will be among participants in the InMaricopa Town Hall scheduled for Aug. 4 at Maricopa High School’s Performing Arts Center. Learn more about them below.



William Lee “Bill” Griffin
Age: 63
Hometown: Huntington Beach, California
Residence: Cobblestone Farms
Occupation: Retired deputy sheriff
Family: Married, father of 5 children; 10 grandchildren
Political background/previous campaigns: none
Previous community service: Boy Scouts of America, (scoutmaster, merit badge counselor), Master Gardner, Community Garden, Make a Wish, Addiction Recovery Program

What are your qualifications to be constable?
Honesty, morals, integrity. Those are the foundations of trust. I have 25 years of service as a full-time deputy sheriff. I come from a long line of law enforcement officers, including my father, both of my grandfathers, great-grandfather and great-uncle. I am uniquely qualified to be the next constable because I have the experience, values and character needed for trust in public service.

What is the most important function of the constable?
The Constable is responsible for serving and executing legal papers issued by the Justice Court. We need someone who is committed to public service, not politics. You need to trust the people you elect. The courts need people they can trust. The constable needs to do the job and do it right. I have the honesty, morals and integrity to do the job right and be committed to this community.

Why do you want to be constable?
I have a commitment to serve the public with honesty and integrity. I’ll never forget the look on the faces of the judge and jury the first time I testified in court. The importance of my word as a peace officer was evident. The same applies to the constable – truth makes all the difference in the world for those using our court system. I want to serve the public and bring integrity back to this office.

Glenn Morrison
Age: 58
Hometown: Tucson
Residence: Rancho El Dorado
Occupation: Realtor and Pinal County Sheriff posse member
Family: Significant other Sharlyn Ryan, also a sister and cousins
Political background/previous campaigns: None
Previous community service: Multiple charities including ASPCA, MDA, Red Cross, Public/community service non-profits and Pinal County Sheriff’s Office

What are your qualifications to be constable?
I have been extensively trained in conflict resolution and de-escalation while serving for seven years as a volunteer Sheriff’s Office member.  I have learned through lifelong experience in business management and law enforcement that it is vital to communicate respect and compassion for all individuals. Therefore, I am uniquely qualified in communication, cooperation, team building and public safety.

What is the most important function of the constable?
The most important aspect of the job will be to gain the public’s trust. Constables are public servants and peace officers who must be meticulous in their duties. Executing the duties of constable as defined by law, tempered with compassion and respect, is paramount.

Why do you want to be constable?
I truly believe we should all make a contribution, and this is the role I am seeking. I volunteer hundreds of hours each year with the Sheriff’s Office and with other organizations because community service is very important to me.  The office of Constable would be a natural progression of my skills, experience, and passion to serve my community.



Andre LaFond
Age: 33
Hometown: Aurora, Illinois
Residence: Rancho El Dorado
Occupation: District security manager
Family: My beautiful wife Kaylie, 2 dogs and a cat
Political background/previous campaigns: None
Previous community service: Boy Scouts, CERT

What are your qualifications to be constable?
I am an Eagle Scout, Army veteran, and have spent the last 14 years in private law enforcement. I am trained and experienced in conflict de-escalation without the use of force. As a private law enforcement professional, I must deal with varied situations and dangerous persons in public.

What is the most important function of the constable?
The constable is charged with the duty of issuing out orders of protection. These must be professionally and safely handled without delay as the safety of others may rely on it. This is a vital service for the community.

Why do you want to be constable?
It’s important to me to be of value to the community. It’s why I joined the Army, why I’m in private law enforcement, and why I want to bring my skills and experience to the Office of Constable. I believe that my background and temperament best fit this position.



Bridger Kimball


Bridger Kimball is withdrawing from the legislative race.

The Maricopa resident had been campaigning for the state House of Representatives in District 11. He is a former Maricopa City Councilmember.

Kimball, a Republican, said a group in Saddlebrook challenged the validity of 73 signatures on his petition. The Pinal County Recorder’s Office went through the petitions and tossed about 61 signatures, according to Recorder Virginia Ross.

“I had collected 28 signatures over the minimum, so I ended up 32 short,” Kimball said.

Ross said signatures were invalidated because people signed who were not in the district, were in the wrong party or were not registered to vote. Though he could have challenged, Kimball said it would have required a court appearance and around $7,500 in legal costs.

“So, I decided to drop out,” he said. “I’m filing my withdrawal papers today.”

That leaves incumbent Mark Finchem of Oro Valley, Bret Roberts of Maricopa and Howell Jones of Maricopa on the GOP side and Democrats Hollace Lyon of Tucson, Barry McCain of Casa Grande and Marcela Quiroz of Maricopa in contention for two seats.

The Primary Election is Aug. 28. There will be a Town Hall forum with the candidates Aug. 4 at Maricopa High School’s Performing Arts Center.

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Kyrsten Sinema, Doug Ducey and Steve Gaynor have large receipts for the first quarter in their respective races.

(Candidates ranked by receipts)

Federal Offices
(January 2017-March 2018 receipts)

U.S. Senate

Kyrsten Sinema (D)
Cash balance: $6,688,670
Receipts: $6,552,764
Disbursements: $2,127,728.43
Debts owed: $0

Martha McSally (R)
Cash balance: $2,578,746
Receipts: $3,377,931
Disbursements: $799,184
Debts owed: $0

Kelli Ward (R)
Cash balance: $432,553
Receipts: $1,980,775
Disbursements: $1,600,150
Debts owed: $127,652

Joe Arpaio (R)
Cash balance: $254,938
Receipts: $503,191
Disbursements: $248,252
Debts owed: $0

Deedra Abboud (D)
Cash balance at: $16,423
Receipts: $63,952
Disbursements: $47,530
Debts owed: $98,095

U.S. Congress AZ District 1

Tom O’Halleran (D)
Cash balance: $885,083
Receipts: $1,327,921
Disbursements: $460,129
Debts owed: $0

Tiffany Shedd (R)
Cash balance: $250,583
Receipts: $339,600
Disbursements: $89,016
Debts owed: $150,000

Steve Smith (R)
Cash balance: $244,541
Receipts: $307,778
Disbursements: $63,236
Debts owed: $0

Wendy Rogers (R)
Cash balance: $201,317
Receipts: $238,543
Disbursements: $42,215
Debts owed: $0

Miguel Olivas (D)
Has filed no first-quarter reports

State Offices
(January-March 2018 receipts)


Doug Ducey (R)
Cash balance: $2,678,448
Cash receipts: $549,965
Cash disbursements: $220,817
Loans received: $0

Steve Farley (D)
Cash balance: $309,010
Cash receipts: $265,192
Cash disbursements: $188,542
Loans received: $0

David Garcia (D)
Cash balance: $184,925.97
Cash receipts: $238,551.58
Cash disbursements: $135,538.67
Loans received: $0

Kelly Fryer (D)
Cash balance: $48,419.19
Cash receipts for: $88,395.30
Cash disbursements: $39,976.11
Loans received: $0

Noah Parker Dyer (I)
Cash balance: $19,380.17
Cash receipts: $35,868.25
Cash disbursements: $18,876.71
Loans received: $46,429.55

Ken Bennett (R)*
Has filed no first-quarter reports

Secretary of State

Steve Gaynor (R)
Cash balance: $557,179
Cash receipts: $623,000
Cash disbursements: $65,821
Loans received: $620,000

Michele Reagan (R)
Cash balance: $451,706
Cash receipts: $75,230
Cash disbursements: $91,055
Loans received: $0

Katie Hobbs (D)
Cash balance: $169,228
Cash receipts: $115,206
Cash disbursements: $62,437
Loans received: $0

Mark Robert Gordon (D)
Cash balance: $40,608
Cash receipts: $54,118
Cash disbursements: $40,203
Loans received: $0

Attorney General

Mark Brnovich (R)
Cash balance: $453,067
Cash receipts: $112,750
Cash disbursements: $43,206.57
Loans received: $0

January Contreras (D)
Cash balance: $162,550
Cash receipts: $124,443
Cash disbursements: $68,443
Lon received: $0


Kimberly Yee (R)
Cash balance: $539,685
Cash receipts: $17,490
Cash disbursements: $17,805
Loans received: $400,000

Mark Manoil (D)*
Cash balance: $5,365
Cash receipts: $9,330
Cash disbursements: $6,142
Loans received: $0

Mark Cardenas (D)
Cash balance: $6,515
Cash receipts: $6,515
Cash disbursements: $0
Loans received: $0

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Jonathan Gelbart (R)
Cash balance: $70,778
Cash receipts: $9,375
Cash disbursements: $6,468
Loans received: $25,000

David Schapira (D)*
Cash balance: $59,619
Cash receipts: $100,034
Cash disbursements: $58,290
Loans received: $0

Frank Riggs (R)
Cash balance: $27,386
Cash receipts: $28,790
Cash disbursements: $2,224
Loans received: $46,800

Kathy Hoffman (D)
Cash balance: $11,573
Cash receipts: $11,857
Cash disbursements: $6,220
Loans received: $0

Diane Douglass (R)
Cash balance: $6,004
Cash receipts: $2,405
Cash disbursements: $685
Loans received: $1,300

Mine Inspector

Joe Hart (R)
Cash balance: $544
Cash receipts: $4,090
Cash disbursements: $4,500
Loans received: $1,000

Bill Pierce (D)*
Cash balance: $2,365
Cash receipts: $826
Cash disbursements: $202
Loans received: $0

Corporation Commissions

Kiana Sears (D)*
Cash balance: $101,965
Cash receipts: $104,167
Cash disbursements: $9,232
Loans received: $0

Rodney Glassman (R)
Cash balance: $366,661
Cash receipts: $66,001
Cash disbursements: $36,547
Loans received: $100,000

James O’Connor (R)*
Cash balance: $4,696
Cash receipts: $12,435
Cash disbursements: $13,123
Loans received: $0

Bill Mundell (D)*
Cash balance: $13,158
Cash receipts: $7,530
Cash disbursements: $1,764
Loans received: $0

Sandra Kennedy (D)*
Cash balance: $5,562
Cash receipts: $5,060
Cash disbursements: $118
Loans received: $0

Eric Sloan (R)
Cash balance: $3,094
Cash receipts: $2,465
Cash disbursements: $75
Loans received: $0

Tom Forese (R)
Cash balance: $620,057
Cash receipts: $1,000
Cash disbursements: $2,447
Loans received: $0

Arizona Senate District 11

Ralph Atchue (D)*
Cash balance: $17,283
Cash receipts: $15,720
Cash disbursements: $1,215
Loans received: $0

Vince Leach (R)
Cash balance: $114,272
Cash receipts: $12,775
Cash disbursements: $2,547
Loans received: $0

Arizona House District 11

Hollace (Holly) Lyon (D)
Cash balance: $70,547
Cash receipts: $24,823
Cash disbursements: $4,605
Loans received: $0

Mark Finchem (R)
Cash balance: $23,062
Cash receipts: $5,363
Cash disbursements: $3,253
Loans received: $0

Bret Roberts (R)*
Cash balance: $4,488
Cash receipts: $1,965
Cash disbursements: $305
Loans received: $350

Bridger Kimball (R)
Cash balance: $1,720
Cash receipts: $2,100
Cash disbursements: $2,583
Loans received: $0

Barry McCain (D)*
Cash balance: $0
Cash receipts: $0
Cash disbursements: $0
Loans received: $0

Marcela Quiroz (D)* – interim report
Cash balance: $0
Cash receipts: $0
Cash disbursements: $0
Loans received: $0

Howell W. Jones (R)
Filed no first-quarter reports

*Clean elections candidate

This item appears in the June issue of InMaricopa.

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Peg Chapados

Vice Mayor Peg Chapados invites all City Council candidates, or anyone interested in learning more about what serving on City Council involves, to a free 90-minute workshop entitled: Top 10 Lessons Learned on City Council. The workshop is Feb. 27, 7-8:30 p.m., in Council Chambers at City Hall.

“Serving on City Council is a ‘learn the job by doing the job’ endeavor. There aren’t a lot of classes, books or courses that offer ‘how to” instructions,” said Chapados. “What I am sharing are important lessons I’ve learned as a member of City Council.”

Chapados was originally appointed in November 2012. She was elected to a four-year term in 2014 and unanimously voted vice mayor in December 2017. She  serves on the Budget, Finance & Operations (BFO) Council Sub-Committee and as a Council Liaison to the Age-Friendly, Cultural Affairs and soon-to-be Arts Committees, as well as the Board of Adjustment and Planning & Zoning Commission. She is active on the City of Maricopa Housing Needs Assessment Steering Committee, Housing Plan Committee and the Subdivision Ordinance Review Committee. She is also a sustaining Platinum MAP (Maricopa Advocate Program) member.

“There’s more to being on Council than just meetings,” Chapados said. “There are expectations and requests that demand your time. You must find a balance between everything you want or need to do with what your schedule will allow. Knowing all this ahead of time helps prepare you and your family for what lies ahead during the campaign and if you’re elected.”

Topics covered in the workshop are:

  • It’s All About You/Who? – elected officials, politics and public service
  • 24/7/365 O.J.T. – what is this, and how does it impact your position/life
  • Icebergs & Governance – perceptions, scope, and so much more!
  • The “easy” part
  • O.I. – it’s much, much more than what you think
  • SMEs – Who? What? When? Where? Why?
  • Connecting the “DDOTS” – influences & resources for effective and positive decision-making
  • The ART of asking – questions and answers are just the beginning
  • Building something – economic development, or something else?

Chapados will share her experiences and tips as well as some programs and initiatives that she has successfully brought forth during her tenure on Council.

“Now is the time to prepare and learn all you can. If you’re elected, your first decisions happen right after you take the Oath of Office. You begin making decisions and fulfilling your duties at your first meeting. There’s no waiting period and the learning curve begins with every action you take.”

She will also share strategies and steps that candidates can take advantage of today. “I encourage all council candidates to attend, ask questions, and learn what’s involved and expected if you are elected to City Council. The more you can learn now, the better prepared you will be.”

There is no need to register in advance, but if you have questions, you can contact Vice Mayor Chapados at peggy.chapados@maricopa-az.gov.

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Some of the early candidates for the 2018 ballot.


It may be an “off-year” election, but a U.S. Senate race is already heating up, a Maricopan is making a bid for Congress, and state and local races may prove to be contentious.


After a tumultuous 2017, Arizona’s political role on the national stage is likely to continue down the same raucous path during the 2018 mid-term elections.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, who butted heads with President Trump, announced he will not seek re-election, leaving his seat vacant due to what he considers an unsavory political climate among fellow conservatives where there exists a “flagrant disregard for truth or decency.”

“[What] if decency fails to call out indecency,” Flake asked rhetorically during an Oct. 24 speech on the Senate floor. “Were the shoe on the other foot, would we Republicans accept such behavior on display from dominant Democrats?”

In the wake of his announcement, Republicans began to flex their campaign muscles preparing for what’s likely to be a contentious battle to fill Flake’s seat.

Thus far, from the relatively moderate end of the conservative political spectrum, Republican U.S. Rep. Martha McSally from Arizona’s second legislative district brings a bipartisan approach to hot-button issues such as healthcare and social security.

“While there is a lot of attention on areas of disagreement on healthcare, I am committed to working to find areas of agreement and governing,” McSally said in July 2017 press release.

At the far-right end of that spectrum lay more fiery GOP candidates, including former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and state Sen. Kelli Ward of Arizona’s fifth legislative district, both ardent Trump supporters. Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court for violating a judge’s order when he “continued to detain and harass” suspected undocumented immigrants who had not been suspected of or charged with a crime.

President Trump pardoned Arpaio in August 2017, and called him an American patriot who “kept Arizona safe.” Both Ward and Arpaio are staunch supporters of Trump’s immigration policy, including his now-defunct ban on immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, save for the recent barring of immigrants from Venezuela and North Korea. McSally defended Trump’s attacks on the press.

In opposition, Democrats are offering their own dose of partisan fervor to tilt the political scales to the left.

Phoenix attorney and Democrat Deedra Abboud is also running to fill Flake’s seat. Abboud is an American-born progressive Muslim who states on her website “we must be free to forge our own futures, to determine our own destinies, and to follow our own faith, including no faith at all.”

Also on the left, fighting for Flake’s seat is Kristen Sinema, a Blue Dog Democrat with moderate liberal views many consider to be “GOP-friendly.” With political clout and actual campaign capital, some see Sinema as a formidable force capable of turning the red seat blue.

In the race for U.S. representative for District 1, conservative Republican state Sen. Steve Smith of Maricopa and other candidates are challenging incumbent Tom O’Halleran, a moderate Democrat who resides near Sedona.

Smith and fellow Republican candidates Kevin Cavanaugh and Tiffany Shedd have their work cut out for them in creating name recognition in a vast district that is nearly equally divided between the majority parties.

O’Halleran, a former Republican and former independent before winning his seat two years ago, has shown a moderate bent in D.C., with a record of bipartisan work with veterans and law enforcement.



For the governorship, incumbent Doug Ducey is seeking re-election after one term. Campaigning for the job are Democrat state Sen. Steve Farley and Army veteran and educator David Garcia, as well as numerous candidates from other parties and independents.

For Secretary of State, Republican Lori Klein Corbin and Democrats state Sen. Katie Hobbs and attorney Mark Robert Gordon all want incumbent GOP Michele Reagan’s job.

For Attorney General, Republican incumbent Mark Brnovich is running for re-election. He is being challenged by Democrat January Contreras.

Other state-level positions up for grabs are Superintendent of Public Education, State Treasurer, Mine Inspector, and two Corporation Commission seats.


Legislative District 11

Republican state Rep. Vince Leach and Democrat Ralph Atchue are running to fill the Senate seat vacated by Republican Steve Smith.

Running for two seats in the House of Representatives, one vacated by Leach seeking the Senate seat, are three Republicans: incumbent Mark Finchem, Maricopa Constable Bret Roberts and former Maricopa City Councilmember Bridger Kimball. Running in opposition are two Democrats: Hollace Lyon and Barry McCain.


Pinal County

In Pinal County, incumbent Clerk of Superior Court Amanda Stanford is running unopposed so far.

For Justice of the Peace of the Maricopa/Stanfield Justice Court, incumbent Republican Lyle Riggs has not yet declared his intention to seek re-election.

For Maricopa/Stanfield constable, three men are running for the seat being vacated by Bret Roberts, who seeking the LD 11 representative seat. Declared candidates are Republicans Glenn Morrison and Bill Griffin and Democrat Andre LaFond.



Registration for Maricopa City Council candidates opened Jan. 22 and will close April 30. Candidate packets must be returned from April 30 to May 30. Three seats are up for election.

Two seats are available on the Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board. Candidate packets will be available from the Pinal County Superintendent’s Office in mid-March. Due date to file is July-August, but those date have not yet been set. The school board election is only on the General Election ballot.

This is an update of a story that appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.

Pinal County Supervisor Anthony Smith talks to members of the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce Oct. 12. Photo by Michelle Chance

Pinal County Supervisor Anthony Smith and Maricopa Mayor Christian Price urged local business owners to “solve the problem of misinformation out there” regarding transportation Propositions 416 and 417 Thursday morning.

During a Maricopa Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Smith and Price detailed the project’s relevance to Maricopa, including the addition of lanes to State Route 347 and the proposed East-West Corridor.

On Nov. 7, Pinal County residents will vote on a 20-year transportation improvement plan and a half-cent sales tax to fund the projects.

“When we moved to Pinal County, you all signed up to be pioneers,” Price said. “If you are all truly pioneers along with me and you don’t like taxes like I don’t, but you believe in investing in your future, you believe in economic development, you believe in growing — then our jobs are to get out and spread this word to solve the problem of misinformation out there, and there’s a lot of it.”

Smith said comments on blogs and social media made by residents county-wide expressed skepticism in the project. Specifically, Smith said some residents doubted whether the sales tax was legal and if projects benefitting their area would really come to fruition.

Over the summer, Smith said county officials sought opinions from legal counsel on the constitutionality of the tax portion of the propositions, eventually leading to a green light from Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer and other attorneys.

Additionally, Pinal County Public Works Director Andrew Smith said the plan took into consideration 2,500 pages of studies conducted by towns, cities and the county since 2006.

“We’ve done our due diligence and we’ve put together a plan, and now it’s up to the voters,” Smith said.

The improvements benefiting Maricopa are listed on the project’s first phase during fiscal years 2018 through 2022. During the presentation, Price broke down the numbers for the $640 million county project.

“Maricopans are getting almost $100 million of the projects out of the entire county,” Price said. “That’s just a little under one-sixth of the entire funds raised.”

The city is on track to complete 1,200 building projects this year, a sign of positive growth, but also a sign of an even more congested 347, Price said.

Price noted his efforts partnering with stewards of the 347: the Gila River Indian Community, Maricopa County Department of Transportation and the Arizona Department of Transportation.

“It’s about partnerships, it’s about leadership and it’s about bringing money to the table and if we don’t do that we can always fall back on this phrase that I’ve always used my whole career which is that ‘If you do nothing, you get nothing,’ period.”

Little has changed in the commuter traffic on State 347 of 10 years ago (left) and today.

Pinal County residents will have the opportunity to vote in November to approve a sales tax funding infrastructure improvements across the county.

For Maricopa, it could mean several direct improvements including additional lanes on major roads, including State Route 347, the securing of a right-of-way for the future Interstate 11 corridor, and public transportation expansion.

Proposition 417 would fund these projects with a half-cent county transportation excise (sales) tax. The revenue from Prop 417 would provide funding to the updated Regional Transportation Plan – Proposition 416 – which voters will also have the chance to approve in November.

The first phase of the transportation plan includes measures to widen State Route 347 to six lanes north of Maricopa and to create an “East-West Corridor” by widening Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and Val Vista Road to four lanes.

Revenue from Prop 417, which officials are estimating to be $641 million over its 20-year lifespan, will be exacted on any business transaction involving the sale of “tangible personal property” in Pinal County.

There is, however, a limitation built into the tax.

The 0.5 percent tax would only be applied to the first $10,000 of income from any given item.

For example, if you purchase a car for $12,000, $2,000 of that would not be subject to the tax since a vehicle is considered a singular item. If you purchase another vehicle for $10,000 and then add $2,000 worth of accessories all $12,000 would be subject to the tax since additions are typically considered separate items.

Maricopa City Councilmember Nancy Smith said she rarely supports tax increases, but she will consider it if it meets three criteria: A rigid timeline, voter approval and specified purpose.

Smith said she supports both Propositions 416 and 417.

“I can’t help but say we have to stand up and help ourselves and apply this half-cent tax, which is equivalent to $88 per family per year,” Smith said.

Pinal County Public Works Director Andrew Smith said it’s important to note these issues will be on a special mail-in ballot only. Last year, he said, when the issue was first poised to be on the ballot, there was some concern with the length of the ballot given the nature of the general election and all the other propositions it contained.

Supporters are working against a “no new taxes” mindset among several Maricopans as well as cynicism about the cooperation of Maricopa County and Gila River Indian Community in widening SR 347 all the way to I-10.

Andrew Smith said he appreciates the concerns specific communities have about the tax and transportation plan and how it affects them directly. However, they should have a macro view of this plan, which will improve the quality of life for everyone who does business, has a job, owns property or lives in Pinal County.

“Try and look at it as a resident of Pinal County,” Andrew Smith said.  “How do you get around? You do go to Maricopa County, you do go to Pima county, so this establishes a regional plan that will enhance the whole county and improve economic development.”

On a much longer timeline, the transportation plan is further considering the potential path of Interstate 11, which Pinal County hopes to bring into its boundaries, just west of Maricopa. Revenue from the tax will help preserve county rights-of-way in the area that could eventually give Maricopa direct access to the major highway.

“What I like about that being on the RTA is that it says our county is looking to influence I-11 and where it comes,” Nancy Smith said. “If we don’t have the money to secure the purchase of right-of way, then our chances become much slimmer at becoming part of that road, so I love that we’re planning ahead in that aspect.”

The Regional Transportation Plan also includes measures to improve public transportation by funding rapid transit services and expanding current transit services such as Park and Ride, Dial-A-Ride and Maricopa’s COMET.

Eligible voters should automatically receive ballots by mail. Voters can confirm they are on the mailing list by calling  the Pinal County Elections Office at 520-866-7550.


This story appears in the October issue of InMaricopa.

Ed Farrell (from left), Tom Shope and Connie Van Driel are supporters of Pinal County Propositions 416 and 417.

By Connie Van Driel, Tom Shope & Edward Farrell

The Phoenix crowd is at it again. The Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute is trying to keep Pinal County residents from voting on a plan to provide new roads and freeways to communities across our county. The Institute is suing our elected leaders. And if voters say yes to Propositions 416 and 417, approving a plan to keep traffic moving in Pinal County, the Goldwater Institute is threatening to go to court to overturn the will of the people.

This Phoenix based group wants to take away your vote. And if that doesn’t work they want to take away your roads and freeways.

Not surprisingly, a dark money group from Phoenix called “The Arizona Free Enterprising Club” is touting the Goldwater Institute lawsuit in its recent messaging. The Arizona Free Enterprise Club has been questioned by the FBI for its smarmy political ways.

It’s also not surprising that the loudest voices against Propositions 416 and 417 are coming from Phoenix. These groups don’t care if our friends and neighbors are stuck in traffic. And they apparently are not concerned that traffic jams slow emergency response times for law enforcement, firefighters and ambulances. They don’t care about the economic benefits of Propositions 416 and 417.

When it comes to the huge need for new roads and freeways in Pinal County do you trust out-of-town groups with questionable agendas or the people who live, work and serve in Pinal County?

Propositions 416 and 417 have the endorsements of every mayor in Pinal County, all five of its supervisors, numerous chambers of commerce, our county sheriff and county attorney. It has support from Democrats and Republicans from all over Pinal County.

The plan for new roads and freeways has been crafted over many years with incredible input from city councils, dozens of community meetings and considerable media attention. Indeed, ballots are being mailed to every registered voter in Pinal County for the Nov. 7 election.

This transportation plan creates highways and parkways to help residents go from north to south and east to west. This infrastructure will attract job creators so more of us can live AND work in Pinal County.

We think the final say on whether Pinal County gets new roads and freeways should be with the people of Pinal County, not a handful of lobbyists and lawyers in Phoenix.

But beyond trust look at the plan for yourself. Judge it for yourself. It’s very impressive. Click here to view the plan map. We stand for the plan and for Pinal County, and hope you will too by voting yes on Propositions 416 and 417 on Nov. 7.

Connie Van Driel is a resident of Apache Junction. Tom Shope is the former mayor of Coolidge and owner of Shope’s IGA. Ed Farrell is a Maricopa resident and was the community’s first mayor.

Scott Skinner

By Scott Skinner

It’s a rare moment when average ordinary people can actually place limits on overdevelopment. Voting against Prop 416 affords just such an opportunity.

While ostensibly about new roads, 416 is really about laying the foundation for the urbanization of Pinal. It’s predicated on the idea that we all want growth, that growth is good, and that we’re all willing to subsidize it. Just so we’re clear: growth means more people, more sprawl, higher population densities, and more — not less — congestion. It’s a vision for Pinal that is the polar opposite of its rich rural character.

In other words, 416 is not about roads to make your commute easier, as it’s designed to encourage growth, stimulate development, and increase traffic. And that is why some of the largest donors to the 416 campaign initiative are in fact land developers. They’re chomping at the bit to profit from this once-and-forever-gone opportunity to transform our wild and open spaces into more urban sprawl. So, if you love city life, enjoy subsidizing new residents, enjoy subsidizing developers and large corporations, enjoy big government, and want Pinal to ultimately resemble downtown Phoenix, then by all means support 416. Let your reps know that you can’t wait until every last acre of prickly desert is paved over, along with all the chittering wildlife that lives there. But don’t delude yourself. No matter what you’re told, it’s not possible to strip-develop Pinal while at the same time preserve its rural qualities. And don’t believe any nonsense about growth being “inevitable.” If it was, then they wouldn’t be asking you to pay for it. They wouldn’t be resorting to hard sell scare tactics like, “VOTE 416/417 BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!” — pitched with all the finesse of a used car salesman (or, more likely, insiders that stand to profit considerably from its passage).

How bad do they want this? So bad that they’ve even split the mandate into two votes, so that you can approve development while seemingly avoiding any cost. Rest assured that if you accept the 416 urbanization plan, you will be paying for it, and Prop 417 is only the start. Rest assured that if these roads are built, you will be sharing them with Maricopa and Pima County drivers who won’t have to shoulder the regressive three-quarter-billion-dollar tax burden. I’m sure they’ll give you the right-of-way, and thank you for your generosity. Ultimately, this vote isn’t about roads; it’s about values. It’s about different visions for the future of Pinal. One vision endorses growth and urbanization; the other honors and respects our rustic heritage. Are places like Phoenix so bad? Certainly not. But if Pinal residents wanted to live there, then they wouldn’t have moved to Pinal. Voters who want urban life have endless options. But for those of us who don’t, the choices are dwindling fast.

Pinal’s cowboy country character is what distinguishes it from other counties. It is in fact Pinal’s greatest asset. And once it’s gone, there’s no going back. City life or country life — the choice is yours — at least until there are no more rural places left.

Scott Skinner is a Pinal County resident living in Gold Canyon.