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Kyrene JP wins re-election, but constable gets ousted

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Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 5:45 pm | Updated: 7:24 am, Thu Nov 4, 2010.

Throughout the East Valley, only the Kyrene District in Tempe had contested races for both constable and justice of the peace.

Democrat incumbent justice of the peace Elizabeth Rogers led Republican challenger Don Calender by 50.45 percent of the votes to his 49.55 percent after all 62 of the precincts reported results, according to the Maricopa County Board of Elections.

Rogers was seeking her second four-year term after Calender held the post four years ago.

However, the Kyrene constable post will see a change.

Republican Brandon Schmoll is beat Democrat incumbent Jon Levenson with 53 percent of the votes. Levenson, who has 47 percent of the votes, was seeking his second term, but was the target of five complaints from the Constable Ethics Standards and Training Board throughout his term. The board, which investigates complaints about constables, cited Levenson five times, including for failing to deliver an order of protection.

Of the remaining five district races for constable and justice of the peace - West Mesa, East Mesa, San Marcos, Encanto and University Lakes, only the West Mesa, University Lakes and San Marcos justice of the peace races were contested.

In the West Mesa Justice of the Peace race, Republican Mark Anderson defeated Libertarian candidate Rachel Kielsky with 65 percent of the votes to Kielsky's 35 percent after 100 percent of the precincts (16) were turned in.

Fred Arnett, who has held the West Mesa constable job since 1999, ran unopposed and received 4,889 votes, according to the unofficial results.

Republicans Mark Chiles and William Taylor, ran unopposed for the East Mesa justice of the peace and constable. Chiles, who won his second term, received 27,192 votes and Taylor, who has been constable since 1990, received 26,507 votes after 100 percent (55) of the precincts were turned in, according to unofficial results.

In the University Lakes justice of the peace job, which will see a new face due to the retirement of John Ore, Democrat Meg Burton-Cahill defeated Republican challenger Charles Boles and independent Matt Nelson with 47 percent of the votes after 100 percent of the precincts (47) were turned in.

Boles had 43 percent of the votes and Nelson received 9 percent, according to unofficial results.

Republican Joe Arredondo, who has been University Lakes constable since 1995 and ran unopposed, received 13,561 votes, according to the unofficial results.

Incumbent Republican Keith Frankel is leading Democrat challenger Michael Corey Chan in the San Marcos justice of the peace race with 61 percent of the votes to Chan's 39 percent, after 50 percent of the precincts (36 of 71) have been turned in.

Civil and criminal traffic cases, evictions, orders of protection, injunctions of harassment, small claims suits, civil cases that involve $10,000 or less - all are handled by justice courts.

Constables are the elected officials who carry out the duties of the justice court, serving orders of protection or eviction, issuing subpoenas and summonses and exercising limited powers of arrest.

Justices of the peace perform many judicial duties, including marriages - but they don't have to be lawyers.

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