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Dawson responds to Marin’s column

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 2nd, 2012

Dear Editor:

In your Sept. 26 edition of the Arizona Silver Belt under the title of, “Just My Opinion,” Mr. Marin made many errors in his discussion of current local politics. He said, he wondered why questions of the lack of integrity and security in the Gila County Recorder’s Office would be brought up just months before the election. I wish Mr. Marin would have been attending the Board of Supervisors’ meetings over the past four plus years. He would have heard this statement numerous times and would realize that both Supervisor Martin and I have serious concerns about the integrity in the Recorder’s Office. He questions why this has not been handled in private. Every effort has been made to handle it in private but to no avail.

The reason I have objected to the lack of impartiality in the office is because of Ms. Tomerlin’s behavior when supporters came during the 2008 election in a bus and I believe were treated rudely by Ms. Tomerlin and her Chief Deputy. In a private conversation between Ms. Tomerlin, the County Manager and myself, she stated she had the right to support whoever she wanted to and their demonstration against the candidate was done during her lunch time. In the past, County Recorders have demonstrated impartiality by welcoming all candidates for any office, regardless of the Recorder’s personal preference.

No, Mr. Marin, my objection to the lack of integrity stretches over the entire tenure of the current County Recorder. On election night four years ago, as ballots were being delivered to her office for security, she had her good friend, Mr. Cook and several of his supporters in her office. I objected to this behavior and she denied it had taken place; however, election workers are who called it to my attention.

Mr. Marin also mentioned that he had received phone calls regarding the front page article in the Payson Roundup which individuals thought he should study and report on. The article in question listed charges against the Recorder and her staff with regard to campaigning within the 75 foot limit and the mishandling of ballots.

Mr. Marin states I have done everything I can to get Mickie Nye elected County Recorder. The truth is that I have done and will continue to do everything possible to bring back fair elections and practices to the Gila County Recorder’s Office.


Shirley Dawson

Gila County Supervisor

Publisher Marc Marin responds: “I stand behind what I wrote. Airing out the county’s dirty laundry is not what Supervisors meetings are for. And I did not make ‘many errors,’ or any errors for that matter. Dawson can disagree with what I wrote, but my editorial did not include any factual errors.”

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