Originally Published: January 29, 2012 9:50 p.m.
PRESCOTT - A whopping 33 candidates have now taken out packets from the county's Elections and Voter Registration department in an effort to win a seat on the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors in 2012.
The redistricting process, made necessary by the county's population growth over the past decade, increased the number of seats on the board from three to five. Couple that with the fact that Supervisor Carol Springer will give up her seat representing District 1, and three districts of the five have no incumbent running.
There are seven potential candidates for the District 1 position, including one of the only two non-Republican candidates, Richard Wertz, who listed his party affiliation as "other."
Tom Thurman, Chairman of the Board, is running again in District 2; he currently has three opponents.
Chip Davis, District 3 supervisor, is currently unopposed.
District 4 will likely be the big race: 15 possible candidates have taken out paperwork to run.
And District 5, with six candidates, includes the other non-GOP possibility, Creagan McConnell, who is listed as an Independent.
Although there are 33 candidates listed, each must get enough petition signatures to qualify to be on the ballot, which could result in some failing to appear.
The exact number of signatures they will need will not be available until late March.
The incumbents for every other elective county office are, at the moment, running unopposed.