Bates Files Final Papers for Election! But why no photo?

On Wednesday, March 25, I filed 494 petition signatures (I needed 147) with the County Elections Office to qualify for the Democratic Primary in August. It is typical of politicians to get photos of as they submit their nominating petitions; however, given the precautions necessary because of COVID-19, I didn’t. In order to file, I had to make an appointment, be let into the County Offices lobby, then sit at one end of a six-foot table and slide my papers to the election official. I took out my phone to take a picture and said – what the heck! —lobby is empty, election official is looking down, this is anti-climactic, and put my phone away.

Currently,  District 4 Supervisor is the most contested race in Coconino County. Three candidates (including myself) filed statements of interest for the Democratic Primary and two candidates for the Republican Primary. Nominating petitions are due April 6 and I was the first to file.

I want you to be assured that our County offices are open and employees are doing their job. At a time when our national and state governments are flailing, it is imperative that our local governments remain focused on essential tasks, including assuring that the election process that is fundamental to our democracy runs smoothly. From what I saw yesterday, our County government is accomplishing this goal.

I pledge that I will keep these services operating when, with your help, I serve as the District 4 Supervisor. Right now, my campaign is restructuring to accommodate the realities of campaigning with COVID-19 precautions. These will make our work more expensive than initially planned.  I can only serve you if you help me – please donate what you can.

Published by Ann Heitland

Ann Heitland is a writer, living in Flagstaff, AZ. She's also a golfer, ex-lawyer, retired real estate broker, and active Democrat.