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JP-Constable: Arnett fends off Hastings

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Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 7:49 pm | Updated: 4:08 pm, Tue Dec 27, 2011.

In what normally is a quiet and unnoticed race, incumbent Fred Arnett defeated John Hastings in the west Mesa constable’s race with 63.2 percent of the votes, according to the county’s unofficial voting results.

The race, which became as a mud-slinging affair, featured Arnett, who has held the constable’s post in the West Mesa Justice Precinct since 1999 and had drawn criticism for failing to file activity logs with the county.

Hastings, who has a history of legal troubles, was a distant second in the race with 36.6 percent of the votes. Unofficial results show Arnett garnered 1,577 votes to Hastings’ 912. Those final figures include all 16 of the city’s precincts.

A constable serves orders of protection, eviction notices, subpoenas and other legal documents.

Arnett drew fire from the Hastings camp after it was revealed that he had not filed activity logs for 11 years until Hastings made an issue of it heading into the election. Arnett said he kept the logs but was unaware they needed to be filed, even though a county audit in 2006 specified that it was required.

Hastings, meanwhile, found himself under the microscope after Arnett amassed 871 pages of public documents that chronicled Hastings’ legal problems — a domestic violence arrest, a citation for trespassing at Brigham Young University and violating orders of protection, and a claim from a previous landlord that he had evicted Hastings — which the candidate denies.

In the west Mesa Justice of the Peace race, Republican Mark Anderson defeated six-term incumbent Clayton Hamblen by having 64.6 percent of the votes. Hamblem finished with 35.3 percent of the votes, with all 16 precincts reporting.

The west Mesa Justice of the Peace serves at the west Mesa Justice Court that covers west Mesa and parts of Tempe.

In other unofficial results for Justice of the Peace and constable races:

East Mesa District

— Republican William Taylor will run unopposed in the November general election as constable. Taylor ran unopposed in the primary and there were no Democratic challengers.

— Incumbent Republican Mark Chiles ran unopposed for his second four-year term for east Mesa Justice of the Peace.

University Lakes District

— In a race that will have a new face after the November election, Meg Burton-Cahill won the Justice of the Peace Democratic primary by getting 63.9 percent of the votes to 35.5 percent for Kathy Hayden, after 45 of the district’s 47 precincts turned in their ballots.

Burton-Cahill will face Republican Charles Boles and Independent Matt Nelson in the November general election. Boles ran unopposed. As an Independent, Nelson did not appear on Tuesday’s ballot,

The winner for this position will replace current justice John Ore, who is retiring after 16 years.

— Republican incumbent Joe Arredondo ran unopposed in the primary for the Univeristy Lakes District’s constable post. Arredondo has been constable since 1995.

Kyrene District

— In the Justice of the Peace campaign, Democrat Elizabeth Rogers ran unopposed. Don Calender won the Republican primary with 40.1 percent of the vote, after all 62 precincts reported results. Michael Munoz was second with 38.6 percent and William Enzweiler third with 20.9.

— Democrat incumbent Jon Levenson and Republican Brandon Schmoll are vying for the Kyrene District’s constable job in the November election. They each ran unopposed in the primary.

San Marcos District

— Incumbent Republican Keith Frankel and Democrat Michael Corey ran unopposed in the primary and will oppose each other in the November general election for Chandler’s San Marcos District’s Justice of the Peace.

— Republican challenger incumbent James Kevin Jones beat Dale Presley by just 10 votes after unofficial results were tabulated for all 71 precincts. Jones, who has served as the San Marcos constable since 1998, had 6,942 votes to 6,932 for Presley.

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