Voters will decide in the August primary who will compete in November to fill important elected positions representing the more than 4 million residents of Maricopa County.

Some incumbents — such as those running for sheriff, assessor and county attorney — face real competition in the Aug. 4 Primary Election; while other seats — such as those for school superintendent and Board of Supervisors — have no competitive primary races this year.

County Assessor

Incumbent Eddie Cook faces one fellow Republican challenger in the August Primary to determine which will compete against a Democratic opponent in November. Mr. Cook served on the Gilbert City Council from 2011-2020 before being appointed to fill the assessor role by vote of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in February.

Mr. Cook was appointed following the suspension and subsequent resignation of Paul Peterson, who faces criminal charges in Arizona and Utah related to an alleged adoption scheme involving pregnant women recruited from the U.S. Marshall Islands. Mr. Peterson pleaded not-guilty to the charges.

Facing off against Mr. Cook in August will be Rodney Glassman, who ran for the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2018, coming in third in that race with 25.1% of the vote behind Democrat Sandra D. Kenney (25.7%) and Republican Justin Olson (25.2%) in the general.

Mr. Glassman came in second in the August 2018 primary, taking 22.8% behind Mr. Olson, who got 25.2% of the vote.

Mr. Glassman previously ran as a Democrat to challenge the late Sen. John McCain for his seat in the U.S. Senate in the 2010 General Election; he lost to Mr. McCain after gaining 34.7% of the votes compared to the incumbent’s 58.9%.

The winner in the Republic primary will face off against Democrat Aaron Connor in November. Mr. Connor is a Phoenix resident who has worked in the mortgage industry for 15 years, according to his campaign website. He faces no primary challenger. Read more from the Daily Independent>>