Sun, Oct. 20

A long ballot for Tuesday's vote

It is a busy election Tuesday. If you have not voted early, make up your "cheat sheet" now, because the list is long. There are a number of local issues and candidates as well as regional and state elections. And there are 19 (count em, 19) state initiatives. They range from a ban on same-sex marriage to a $1 million lottery prize for a lucky voter and include measures on immigration and government finance.

Two local ballot questions face Mingus Union School District voters. A $15 million bond election would provide for safety improvements and upgrading of Mingus Union High School. A second question requests permission to sell 22-acres of vacant school land across Camino Real from campus. These issues will generally affect most property owners in the Upper Verde Valley.

Cottonwood has three ballot measures. One is a referendum on the city council's change of agricultural zoning on Aspen St to allow for 13 condos. The second question is the $1 million bond request to build a multi-use recreation center. Cottonwood voters will also decide the Alternative Expenditure Limitation (Home Rule). A vote is needed every four years.

School districts have school board elections in Cottonwood Oak Creek, Clarkdale-Jerome, Camp Verde and Mingus High School as well as the Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education (VACTE).

Cottonwood Oak Creek has four candidates vying for three openings: Incumbent Lori Simmons, Janice Rollins, Brett Rigg and Jason Finger.

Mingus School Board veteran Kerrie Bluff is challenging the incumbent VACTE board member Sonny Rodriguez to represent the Mingus District on the vocational-career-ed district board.

Mingus Union High School Governing Board has two open four-year terms to fill. Incumbent Andrew Groseta is running for re-election. Three challengers, Eric Wyles, Leland Wieweck and James Ledbetter are also running.

Incumbents Anthony Lozano and Dale Williams are seeking re-election, along with Janae Gordon, to the two terms on the Clarkdale-Jerome School Board.

The Camp Verde School District voters will decide four seats, due to unexpected resignations.

The two four-year seats have only two candidates, current board member Dennis Sterrett and newcomer Andrea Wrobel. The three candidates running for the two-year term seats are John Bassous, Bob Simbric and Kelli Spleiss.

Among state races, two Republicans and one Democrat are vying for the two seats for the State House from District 1. Jo Kelleher, a Democrat will challenge seasoned House member Tom O'Halleran for the District 1 Senate seat that has been held by Ken Bennett. Terry Dunn is a Libertarian running for the same seat.

The governor's election with Janet Napolitano, Republican Len Munsil and Libertarian Barry Hess is the "hot one" at state. But there are also races for Attorney General (Goddard-Montgomery), Secretary of State, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Corporation Commissioner (two seats).

Perhaps the best-funded and the most bitter races are those for U.S. Senate (Kyl-Pederson) and District One Congress (Renzi-R, Simon-D, Schlosser-L). Everyone has already heard those commercials.

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