Candidates talk issues at Greenlee Chamber election forum

Suzanne Menges looks on as Richard Lunt takes his turn at the podium during a 2020 Greenlee County Candidate Forum, hosted by the Greenlee County Chamber of Commerce at Morenci High School. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

MORENCI — As it had in 2016, the Greenlee Chamber hosted a forum for local candidates Saturday. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, this year the event was virtual, streaming to voters via the Greenlee County Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page.

“I think it went very well,” said Dorsha Frye, president of the Greenlee County Chamber of Commerce. “I enjoyed hearing what all the candidates had to say. We’re all new members of the chamber on the board and I think we’re all working well together and I think it was a good night.”

Each candidate in a contested race was given two minutes to offer an opening statement on why voters should consider him or her, and then each was asked two questions specific to his or her race.

The contested races in Greenlee County are:

● Incumbent David Gomez (D) is facing Nicole Horn (I), Shane Dunagan (write-in) and Jacob Brinkley (I) for Greenlee County Supervisor in Dist. 1

● Incumbent Richard Lunt (I) is facing Suzanne Menges (R) for Greenlee County Supervisor in Dist. 3

● Challengers JoAnn “JoJo” Cathcart (I) and Doug Reed (I) are seeking election as Assessor

● Incumbent Tim Sumner (R) is facing Larry Avila (D), Eric Ellison (I) and Jaime Aguilar (I) for Sheriff

● Challengers Brian Boling (D) and Elizabeth Speck (write-in) are seeking election as Superintendent for Public Instruction

After the contested races concluded, those running in uncontested races were afforded the opportunity to speak. Only incumbent County Attorney Jeremy Ford was on-hand to speak in person; however, a statement was read from incumbent County Treasurer Diane Berube.

Early voting for the Nov. 3 General Election is currently underway.