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Candidates now look to Nov. 6 General Election

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Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 4:00 am

With the Primary Election over, many races will start gaining more attention as candidates focus on the Nov. 6 General Election where more than just the U.S. President will be decided.

Local races

In the Aug. 28 primary, Tea Party candidate Ally Miller won the four-way Republican race to replace incumbent Ann Day in District 1 of the Pima County Board of Supervisors. Democrat Nancy Young Wright ran unopposed in the primary.

According to the unofficial results, Miller received 37.8 percent of the vote, beating Mike Hellon, Stuart McDaniel and Vic Williams.

However, Miller’s victory celebration was short-lived as news of two of her opponents filing complaints against her came out the day after the primary. Republican candidates Hellon and McDaniel filed the complaints, claiming that Miller violated election laws.

Hellon and McDaniel say that Miller used the company Tagline Media to have posters and photos done for her primary campaign.  

That same company also took $10,000 from Mitch Stallard, a land developer who funded Miller’s television and print advertisements in the primary.

Hellon said while Stallard has the right to fund Miller’s campaign, laws were broken when Tagline Media used the same images and logos in the television and print advertising that they did for Miller’s campaign.

While Miller did not return The Explorer’s call for comment regarding the allegations, Deb Weisel, owner of Tagline Media, said when they took money from Stallard, they severed ties with Miller.

According to Miller’s pre-primary financial statements, no money was paid to Tagline Media.

The state election’s department is currently investigating the allegations.

Miller and Young Wright will face off in the Nov. 6 general.

In the race for Pima County Sheriff, Mark Napier received the Republican endorsement in the primary. Napier, who beat out four Republican opponents in the primary, will face incumbent Democrat Clarence Dupnik in the general.

Other county races to be decided in the Nov. 6 election are for treasurer, recorder, attorney and superintendent of schools.

State races

There were plenty of state races that didn’t have a primary challenger.

In District 11, which covers much of Oro Valley and Marana, incumbent Sen. Al Melvin will face Democratic challenger Jo Holt.

There are also two seats open for the House of Representatives. With incumbents Vic Williams and Teri Proud not running, there are three new candidates seeking election.

On the Republican side, Adam Kwasman and Steve Smith are running against Democrat David Joseph.

Other races

In Congressional District 1, Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick won the primary, and will face Republican Jonathan Paton.

In Congressional District 2, incumbent Ron Barber won the primary, and will face Republican challenger Martha McSally.

In the race to replace retiring U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, Jeff Flake won the Republican nomination.

Flake will face Democrat Richard Carmona, who ran unopposed in the primary.

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