Chandler and east Mesa Republicans and west Tempe Democrats made their choices in Tuesday’s primary on who is going to represent them in justice of the peace races in November.
Mark Chiles, who raised thousands of dollars more than his three Republican opponents, had a solid lead late Tuesday in the race for east Mesa justice of the peace.
Chiles also had the backing of Arizona political heavyweights, including former U.S. representative and gubernatorial candidate Matt Salmon, but he said those relationships go beyond politics.
“These are lifetime friends,” said Chiles, who will go up against Democrat Napoleón Pisaño in the November general election.
Judge R. Wayne Johnson announced his retirement this year after holding the post since 1991.
In the Kyrene precinct in west Tempe, Elizabeth Rogers had a significant lead late Tuesday over Elvis Richardson in the Democratic primary.
Rogers will challenge incumbent Don Calender, a former Kyrene constable appointed to the bench in March by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors after Victor Wilkins retired
In the San Marcos precinct in Chandler, Keith Frankel had a slight lead over Mike Hampshire late Tuesday. The winner will take on Libertarian Laurence Norman.
The current office holder, Judge Ron Johnson, agreed not to run for office as part of a deal he made in 2004 with the Commission on Judicial Conduct, which investigated him over allegations of judicial misconduct.