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4:13 AM Tue, Sept. 25th

Primaries are Tuesday ­ let's all go to the polls

Tuesday is primary election day ­ a day when the usually abysmal voter turnout gets even worse.

The fact is, this primary election very well might determine some final races.

The Daily Courier wants everyone to vote, regardless of party or political philosophy. How anyone votes is his or her business, and the Courier isn't telling anyone how to vote.

However, the newspaper has taken positions on several races and announced them shortly after early balloting began.

Here, for those who may have missed them, is a brief recap by race.

Clerk of Superior Court, Republican

Jeanne Hicks has worked in the court system for the past 22 years, and has been in the clerk's post since then-Gov. Jane Hull appointed her in 2001. She subsequently won an election in her own right. She knows the job; she had done it well; she has kept pace with technology; and she has stressed quality service to the public using her office.

Prescott District 1 Constable, Republican

Serving court papers isn't easy work. Some have left the office after one term when an understanding of the work volume set in. John Watson has served one term in the office and wants another, which shows the challenge and volume of work isn't daunting to him.

Seligman Justice of the Peace, Democrat

June Blaylock has served effectively in the office for the past 16 years and in the court system for 28 years. It makes no sense to put anyone in the position who can't equal that knowledge and experience.

District 1 State Representative, Republican

Incumbent Rep. Lucy Mason has been an effective advocate for rural Arizona issues, such as education and water. Among the other candidates, Andy Tobin, a long-time behind-the-scenes worker in local politics, has experience as a business leader and as an activist on those all-important local issues. Tobin and Mason will do what's right for the district, regardless of what Phoenix-based party bosses want.

District 1 U. S. Representative, Democrat

All the Democratic candidates want the U.S. out of Iraq, and to tax the living daylights out of us to allow government to give us universal health care. Of the five-candidate field, only Victor McKerlie offers a clear plan to pay for his vision. We'll talk about the best general election choice when the time comes.

State Senate, District 1, Republican

Tom O'Halleran, who is term-limiting as District 1 state representative, has been the Arizona Legislature's brain trust on water and forestry issues. He has done some things to help fight illegal immigration. One of the biggest challenges facing the Legislature is to set up a clear plan for the Prescott Active Management area to reach safe yield on groundwater by 2025. His knowledge of those issues, along with his accumulated legislative savvy, offers voters the best chance of getting results in that area.

All voters need to go to the polls Tuesday and vote their minds. They also need to make sure they bring identification that meets the requirements.