Parker Chamber

La Paz County residents will have a chance to meet and ask questions of candidates for public office when the Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce & Tourism presents “Meet the Candidates Night” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 at the Parker Community/Senior Center at 12th Street and Laguna Avenue.

There are several competitive races for elected offices in La Paz County. The most notable of these is County Sheriff, where a total of five candidates are running. The Republicans include the incumbent, Bill Risen, current Quartzsite Police Chief Will Ponce, and former La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Vidrene.

The only Democrat running is former Parker Police Officer and current La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputy Felipe Rodriguez. There is also an independent candidate running, Michael Roth.

In the race for the three seats on the County Board of Supervisors, Republican David Plunkett is running unopposed for District 1. Former La Paz County Community Development Director Jeff McCormick is on the ballot as a Republican candidate for District 2, but he has taken a job in Kearny, Ariz. The incumbent, Republican Duce Minor, is seeking re-election.

Two Republicans will be facing each other in the race for District 3 Supervisor:  incumbent Holly Irwin and challenger Gary “Zak” Zakrajsek.

There are no Democrats running for County Supervisor.

The races for two other county offices will be competitive. County Assessor Anna Camacho, a Republican, is facing a primary challenge from Dennise Jones. County Recorder Richard Garcia is seeking his own term after being appointed Recorder after long-time Recorder Shelly Baker retired earlier this year. He’ll be facing Democrat Mesena “Missi” Tunnell-Gilbert in the Nov. 3 general election.

There are four seats open on the Parker Town Council this fall, and three of the nine candidates running for those seats are incumbents. The fourth incumbent, Mayor Dan Beaver, has decided not to seek re-election after more than a decade on the council.

The three incumbents seeking re-election to the Parker Town Council are Vice Mayor Jerry Hooper and Council Members Randy Hartless and David Lucas. The other candidates who are seeking seats on the Council include Omero Blake, Carlos Castro, Ray De Leon, Allen May, Lorrie Muriel and Michael Rudd.

Several state and federal offices are also up for election this year, including U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative from District 4, and State Senator and Representatives from District 5.

Admission is free and the public is invited. However, social distancing rules related to the coronavirus pandemic will be in place.

For more information, call the chamber at 928-669-2174.

There will also be a Meet the Candidates Night for the candidates for Sheriff at 6 p.m., Monday, June 29 at the Bouse Community Building, 44031 Plomosa Road, next to the library. The public is invited, but seating is limited due to social distancing rules. It will be recorded and broadcast on Facebook for those who can’t be there.

For more information, call 928-851-1080.

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