Time for the second of this year's "mail call" posts, and this one is a big one - the primary ballot is here.
While exciting for political geeks, the ballot itself is actually a bit of a disappointment - the Democratic ballot in the LD17 section of Scottsdale contains as many "no candidate races" as it does actual primary contests.
There are four contests - Corporation Commission, Maricopa County Attorney, Mayor of Scottsdale, and Scottsdale City Council (those last two are non-partisan races - they're on all ballots in Scottsdale.)
Uncontested by Democratic candidates are the offices of Maricopa County Recorder, Assessor, School Superintendent, and Treasurer.
Those seats haven't been contested by Democrats since before 2000, the earliest I could find results for on the Maricopa County Recorder's website.
Now, these offices aren't exactly the highest profile offices. I can only name the holder of one of them - Helen Purcell, the County Recorder.
And that's only because, political geek that I am :) , I spend so much time on her office's website.
As for the rest of them, they're notable mostly when they do something that they shouldn't.
Having said that, in spite of the relative anonymity of the jobs, it's still disappointing that no challengers could be found (hey! To anyone who is considering a run for office, you might want to consider this - state legislators earn $24K per year; the four county officer positions mentioned in this post earn over $67K per year. Just something to think about...)
Anyway, I'll mull over the choices on the primary ballot (the County Attorney and Scottsdale City Council races are especially tough) and fill out and return my ballot in the next week or so.
This post does provide a good excuse to list the contact info for the various Democratic candidates on ballots in Scottsdale, Tempe, and west Mesa (all info courtesy the candidates' websites or their AZ Rep questionnaires) -
Congressman Harry Mitchell (CD5)
123 East Baseline Road (SE corner of Mill and Baseline)
Representative David Schapira (LD17)
Representative Ed Ableser (LD17)
Ed Hermes, candidate for SD1 County Supervisor
7305 W. Boston
Joel Sinclaire, candidate for SD2 County Supervisor
25249 North Ranch Gate Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Stephanie Rimmer, candidate for State Representative (LD8)
Judah Nativio, candidate for State Senator (LD18)
3440 East Southern Ave. #1109
Mesa AZ 85204 480-861-2160
Tammie Pursley, candidate for State Representative (LD18)
1544 N. 1st Place
Mesa, AZ 85201
Dan Saban, candidate for County Sheriff
Gerald Richard, candidate for County Attorney
4003 E. Agave Rd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85044
Tim Nelson, candidate for County Attorney
4340 East Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018
For more information on candidates for statewide office or in other LDs, visit the AZ Dems' website.