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Wed, Aug. 21

Editorial: Incumbents are Courier's picks

For the past week, and concluding today, The Daily Courier has presented a host of information concerning the election season.

Exclusively, we have published biographical information about candidates who face competition in the Sept. 2 primary and information about uncontested candidates, as well as question-and-answer stories with candidates in races that voters will decide in the Primary Election.

As we promised in this space two months ago, The Daily Courier is making editorial recommendations in a number of Primary Election races. We are offering endorsements not in an effort to dictate to readers how to vote, but rather to make them think about their choices. The newspaper's Editorial Board interviewed each of the candidates in these races; it also will re-examine the contested races for the General Election.

The newspaper's endorsements are as follows:

• Arizona Legislative District 1 Senate - Tom O'Halleran, who is the incumbent. He brings to the seat vital skills, specifics and experience that the residents need working for them.

• Yavapai County Supervisor District 1 - Carol Springer. Also an incumbent, she sees the challenges ahead clearly and is making long-range plans to meet them.

• Yavapai County Sheriff - Steve Waugh. As the current sheriff, he has the background and on-the-job skills necessary to succeed.

• The Editorial Board also interviewed each of the candidates for Yavapai County Assessor. We have chosen not to endorse a candidate in this race. Each comes to the position with their own vastly different backgrounds; for example, one has experience in real estate, another worked his way up in the office, and the third does fee-based appraisals.

Visit and click on the "Elections 2008" link. There you will find our coverage so you can educate yourself on the hopefuls and the issues.

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