When the smoke clears after the Nov. 2 election, Yavapai County will see some dramatic changes in its government.
It will have at least one new county supervisor and perhaps two. It will have a new sheriff, and the county assessor post is also up for election.
The new Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will choose a number of key county department heads to replace those who are contemplating retirement or already have announced their intentions.
In the sheriff's race and the District 2 supervisor race, all the candidates are Republicans; thus victory in the primary is tantamount to election.
In the assessor's race and the District 1 supervisor race, Democrats are also in the primary unopposed, but Republican races are contested.
Because of the importance of those races to Yavapai County's future, the BB/CC News believes it should recommend to county voters the best Republican candidates. It will speak again before the November election on the choices between Democrats and Republicans.
Although the primary election is Sept. 7, county voters will be able to request ballots for early voting, beginning Thursday.
Because so much of the voting in elections these days takes place via early ballots, the BB/CC News will state its recommendations in this space in next weeks edition.