While most judges ran unopposed - or at the Appellate and Supreme Court level for retention - candidates vied for two local justice of the peace races Tuesday.
The Justice Courts handle misdemeanor crimes, punishable by a year or less in jail, or small claims. Those are commercial disputes involving $2,500 or less and civil damages of up to $10,000.
In Bagdad/Yarnell, incumbent Republican Anna Mary Glaab faced a challenge from Dale T. Wilson, an Independent who works as a contractor.
Glaab, who has held the position since 1995, defeated Wilson 1,577 to 530.
In Seligman, with three out of four precincts reporting at press time, Republican Janice Kulp, a former paralegal and licensed fiduciary, had a clear lead over Tina Bratz, a Democrat who works as clerk at the Justice Court, and Independent Marcus Jacobson.
In Prescott, incumbent Judge Arthur Markham, elected in 2002, faced no opposition. Mayer Republican Bill Rummer is also unopposed for justice of the peace. Rummer fended off six opponents to win the primary in Mayer.
The Superior Court judges, all Republicans, who ran unopposed include David L. Mackey, Division 1; Robert Brutinel, Division 2, the Yavapai County presiding judge, who is also in the running to be named as a justice in the state Supreme Court; Tina R. Ainley, Division 3; Kenton D. Jones, Division 4; Cele Hancock, Division 5, who will replace Judge William T. Kiger who is retiring; and Thomas B. Lindberg, Division 6.
Gov. Jan Brewer appointed Jones in October 2009 to replace Howard Hinson. Hinson resigned after admitting he had missed court deadlines. The Division 4 election is for a two-year term.
Jeanne Hicks, a Republican, the clerk of Superior Court for Yavapai County, also ran unopposed.
Voters also decided to retain Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch, and Court of Appeals Judges Michael J. Brown, Philip Hall and Jon W. Thompson.