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Two square off in battle for Bagdad/Yarnell constable job

There's no constable currently in the Bagdad/Yarnell precinct, but that will change after November's general election. Republican Dennis Dowling and independent Jim Armstrong face off in that race.

Dowling did not respond to multiple email requests and voicemail messages requesting information for this story.

Armstrong, who appears on the ballot with the affiliation "Other," said he's been an independent for 12 years.

The 44-year-old has lived in Arizona since 1997. He's a firefighter for the Congress Fire Department.

"I used to do a lot of criminal justice work, security work," and "I was made aware there was a need for (a constable in the Bagdad/Yarnell area)," he said. "This is a way for me to help my community."

He pointed out that the role of constable is narrowly defined.

"My goal is to get the job done in a timely fashion," Armstrong said, "and make sure that all orders (of the court) are carried out, to get those orders enforced when they need to be enforced, and to cooperate with other agencies as best I can to make sure the people are helped in a positive fashion."


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