Three candidates are vying for an important but little-known elected position: Maricopa County assessor. 

The Assessor’s Office determines the value of properties in Maricopa County, which dictates how much a property owner pays in taxes.

The office has experienced significant turmoil in the past year.

Former County Assessor Paul Petersen resigned in January, months after he was charged with human trafficking and fraud charges in three states related to his private sector job as an adoption attorney. 

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed former Gilbert Councilman Eddie Cook, a Republican, to serve as assessor after Petersen’s resignation. Now he’s running to try to keep the seat, but he faces both a Republican and a Democratic challenger.

All of the candidates have pledged to bring stability to the office following Petersen’s messy departure. Read More from Jessica Boehm, Arizona Republic>>

Aaron Connor (D): Aaron is the only Democrat running for Assessor.

 Connor is a first-time politician who has spent his professional career in the mortgage industry. 

He has worked as an underwriter, loan processor, title reviewer, loan officer, business analyst and a systems administrator for 15 years.

Rodney Glassman (R):

Rodney Galssman has held and ran for a variety of political positions across Arizona in the past 15 years. 

Glassman was elected to the Tucson City Council in 2007 and then unsuccessfully ran against the late Sen. John McCain for U.S. Senate as a Democrat in 2010. 

He has since changed his party affiliation and unsuccessfully ran for the Arizona Corporation Commission as a Republican in 2018. 

Eddie Cook (R):

Eddie Cook was appointed as County Assessor after Republican Paul Petersen was forced to resign after running a human smuggling ring on the taxpayers’s dime.