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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2009 8:08 pm | Updated: 2:27 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Mayoral candidate Dave Waldron moved to Apache Junction in 1993. He is married with four children and five grandchildren. Waldron served on the planning and zoning commission and was on the city council from 2004-07.

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Incumbent Mayor John Insalaco moved to Globe in 1970 and to Apache Junction in 1987. He is married with three children and four grandchildren. He served two terms on the City Council. He became mayor in 2007.

Mayoral candidate Noel T. Benoist moved to the city in 1990. He said he has been active in the community through volunteerism and that he is a founding member of the Apache Junction Business and Property Owners Association.

Incumbent R.E. Eck said he is running for a City Council seat as the longest-standing council member, with nine years of service. Eck moved to the city in 1984. He is married with a daughter and a son.

Council candidate Andrew Whiteneck was not available.

Council candidate Elliott E. Fisher was not available.

Council candidate John Kantowski is married with four children and three grandchildren. He moved to the city in 2001. Kantowski has served on the city's planning and zoning commission and parks and recreation commission. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Council candidate Christa Rizzi was not available.

Council candidate Ted J. Mueller moved to the state in 2001. He has been married for 26 years with 10 children and 23 grandchildren. He is a veteran of the Korean War.

Council candidate David R. Dowdle is married with four children. He holds two master's degrees and works as an educator. While attending Brigham Young University, he worked as an intern for the Idaho Legislature.

Council candidate Janice Stenglein is married with two children. She was born in Mesa and moved to Apache Junction in 2002. Stenglein has worked and volunteered throughout the state for various organizations.

Incumbent Councilman Richard Dietz moved to the state in 1984. He is married with six adult children and has served in local politics since the mid-1990s. Dietz has worked on planning and zoning, among other boards. He was first elected to the City Council in 1998.

Incumbent Councilman Douglas Coleman served on the City Council from 1991-95 and served as mayor from 1995-2007. He was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Joe Severs in November 2008. Coleman is married with six daughters.

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