Cecil Ash retired early at the end of August of 2019. The Maricopa County Supervisors were then tasked with appointing a temporary Justice of the Peace to fill out judge Ash’s term in office. I applied for the position and came in a close second out of the 8 gentlemen who applied. Appointing me to Justice of the Peace would have been problematic as the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors would have had to turn around and go through a similar appointment process for a new constable.
I’m running against the gentleman who was appointed to fill out judge Ash’s term in office. Coincidentally, this gentleman was appointed Justice of the Peace unilaterally by Don Stapley in 2012 when Lester Pearce retired early to run for the Board of Supervisors. I say unilaterally as he was appointed without any selection process whatsoever. He was simply appointed because he knew Don Stapley.
Anyone who has known me over the years knows that I bristle at the politics that is often involved in the appointment process. The gentleman who was appointed has had little passion for the justice court system over the years! As he said to me in 2012, when he announced he was going to run against me for Constable and before being appointed Justice of the Peace, he simply “needed a job and a retirement!”
So here I am running for justice of the peace 28 years after I initially ran for Justice of the Peace! I have run for political office in the North Mesa Justice Court continually every four years since the court was created. I believe in the Justice Court System, and believe that it is one of the last vestiges of self-government that we have in this country.
I have been honored to have served as your Constable for nearly 20 years. At times I have felt like a superhero during the execution of my duties as Constable, in that I have been able to help people in distress! I am running for Justice of the Peace 28 years later, with 20 years of experience as the Constable for the North Mesa Justice Court. I have a lot to offer the justice system, as I have learned from the nearly 20,000 services that I have worked on over the years!
I’m well known for being a grassroots campaigner, traveling around the North Mesa Justice Precinct every four years on my mountain bike. I have had thousands upon thousands of conversations with constituents over the years about the importance of the Justice Court System. From the multitude of conversations I’ve had, I have learned what you, the voter, have come to expect in service to the community!
I ask that you kindly consider me for justice of the peace this August 4th in the Republican primary!