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Civic apathy allows 64 county positions to be filled by appointment, not election

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 2nd, 2012

Gila County At the Sept. 4 Board of Supervisors meeting, an item of importance to all residents of the county was in the consent agenda and passed without comment.

The lack of discussion. The total silence was a sad comment in and of itself. Not on behalf of the Supervisors, but on the general public.

Sixty-four (64) elective offices were filled by the three people on the Board of Supervisors. They had to do it because there is such apathy among the public that only 64 people chose to put themselves up for election to the 64 vacant positions, and no one chose to run against them.

According to Arizona Revised Statutes16-410 and ARS 15-424 (D), there is provision for cancellation of elections and appointments where there is no opposition for the positions. The cancellation of the elections and the appointments are made by the county boards of supervisors.

This year, in five of the eight Gila County school districts, whoever wanted to be on the school board got a pass. In Miami, Barbara Roberts and Paul Licano will be governing board members for another four years.

For the complete article see the 10-03-2012 issue.

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