Hobbs fails to submit necessary signatures for County Attorney ballot, decides judge

Karen Hobbs, a former prosecutor for the La Paz County Attorney’s Office who was fired recently after she moved to run in the election for County Attorney, has been excluded from the ballot after a judge decided she had not gathered the necessary signatures.

Hobbs needed 82 signatures from La Paz County voters to run as a candidate in the Republican primary against her former boss, Tony Rogers, a Democrat. She submitted 185 signatures on April 6th after being fired by Rogers a few days beforehand.

But a citizen and voter, Michelle Robinson, challenged Hobbs’ submission of the signatures in La Paz County Superior Court. According to state law, anyone circulating a petition to include a candidate on the ballot must “verify that each of the names on the petition was signed in his presence on the date indicated” and that “in his belief each signer was a qualified elector.”

According to a ruling Friday by Judge Robert Olson, Hobbs pre-signed and photocopied the circulation affidavits with her signature on them before voters signed them, rather than signing to verify afterwards. Olson ruled that this violates the state statute, and renders the signatures submitted as invalid. The judge also ordered that Hobbs cannot run as a write-in candidate, because state law explicitly excludes anyone who has failed to submit enough signatures to be on the ballot.

Hobbs has until Wednesday to file an appeal. She represented herself in the case.

Other races

Candidates for Sheriff will include incumbent Bill Risen, Quartzsite Police Chief Will Ponce, Frank Vidrine, Felipe “Phillip” Rodriguez and local activist Michael Roth. The only candidate for Supervisor District 1 is David Plunkett. Incumbent D.L. Wilson is not seeking re-election. Candidates for District 2 Supervisor include incumbent Duce Minor and former County Community Development Director Jeff McCormick. Candidates for District 3 Supervisor includes incumbent Holly Irwin and her 2016 challenger, Gary “Zak” Zakrajsek. Candidates for School Superintendent include Dru Waggoner and LeRoy Shontz. Incumbent Jacque Price will not seek re-election. Candidates for County Assessor include incumbent Anna Camacho and Dennise Jones. Candidates for County Recorder include Richard Garcia, who is currently serving as an appointee in the role after Shelly Baker retired, and Mesena “Missi” Tunnell-Gilbert. The only candidate running for County Treasurer is incumbent Leah Castro.

9 comments

  1. classy deel mr. TOny Regers

  2. Sure love to see some. Intelligent experience candidates running for office. La paz county will stay the way it is with the likes of these candidates

  3. Jennilee Martin

    Lol I will sign it Karen … I love routing for a fellow under dog…

  4. JUDGE OLSON IS A JOKE AND SEES NO BIG DEAL THAT SOMEONE COMMITS MULTIPLE DANGEROUS CRIMES HOLDING VICTIMS AT GUNPOINT AND REWARDING HIM WITH THE ABSOLUTE MINIMUM SENTENCE.. HE HAS NO REGARD FOR THE PUBLICS SAFETY..

  5. CLASSIC CLOWN CAPERS.

  6. ITS ONLY FAIR FOR JUDGE OLSON TO BE ***************** (edited by Parker Live)

  7. AND STOP EDITING THESE AND STOP PROTECTING THAT PIECE OF SHIT JUDGE OLSON THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO KNO ABOUT HIS INCOMPETENCE

  8. Chris White – Whatever personal grievance you may have with the judge in question, (1) your comment has nothing to do with the ruling being discussed, (2) you can’t threaten a judge on our site, are you crazy? and (3) we reserve the right to edit these comments for whatever reason we like. I hope this helps you understand the rules. Thanks, JW

  9. Ambrose Buford

    CHIS whit very anger

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