The candidates for La Paz County offices in 2020 have been announced. In some cases, there are more than one candidate from the same party and no candidates from the other party, which means the primary election Aug. 4 will decide who is elected to that office. In other cases, there are just one candidate from both parties, which means those races will be decided by the general election Tuesday, Nov. 3.
La Paz County Sheriff
The most crowded field is for County Sheriff, with five candidates seeking the office. The incumbent, Republican Bill Risen, was elected in 2016. He defeated the sheriff at the time, John Drum, in the Republican primary. He then defeated Frank Vidrine, who was running as a Democrat, in the general election.
There are two other Republicans seeking the post. William Ponce is currently Quartzsite’s Police Chief. He was formerly Police Chief for the Colorado River Indian Tribes, and he was also a Quartzsite Police Officer.
The other Republican is Vidrine, who said he changed his party affiliation to more correctly reflect his political views. He’s a former La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputy.
The only Democrat running is Felipe “Phillip” Rodriguez. There’s also an Independent candidate, Michael Roth. Roth is known as a vocal critic of law enforcement in the county.
La Paz County Board of Supervisors
In the races for the three seats on the County Board of Supervisors, real estate agent David Plunkett, a Republican, is the sole candidate for the seat from District 1. The incumbent, D.L. Wilson, decided not to seek re-election.
In District 2, the incumbent, Republican Duce Minor, is being challenged by another Republican, former County Community Development Director Jeff McCormick. The race in District 3 also sees two Republicans, incumbent Holly Irwin and challenger Gary “Zak” Zakrajsek. These two candidates opposed each other in 2016.
There are no Democrats running for County Supervisor.
Other County Offices
Two cnadidates will be facing off in the race for County Attorney. They include the incumbent, Democrat Tony Rogers, and his former Chief Deputy, Republican Karen Hobbs.
Current County School Superintendent Jacque Price has announced she will not be seeking another term. Two Republicans will be squaring off for the post. They are Dru Waggoner and former Parker High Superintendent LeRoy Shontz.
Two Republicans will be facing each other for the office of County Assessor: incumbent Anna Camacho and challenger Dennise Jones.
With long-time County Recorder Shelly Baker retiring earlier this year, Richard Garcia was named Recorder. A Republican, he’s seeking a term of his own. Challenging him will be a Democrat, Mesena “Missi” Tunnell-Gilbert.
Incumbent County Treasurer Leah Castro, a Republican, is running unopposed for re-election.