Seven more candidates have applied for the vacant Green Valley Justice of the Peace position this week.
Michael Acosta, Barbara Kay Blake, Mathew B. Cannon, Gary Halkowitz, R. David Kryder, Ronald J. Newman and Janie Stover have put their names in the running, giving former Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll, who was the first to throw his hat in the ring, a sizable field to contend with.
Friday was the deadline to apply for the job.
The previous judge, Lisa Royal, stepped down from the four-year elected position in August, citing concerns about the declining caseload in the court, which serves Green Valley, Sahuarita, Corona de Tucson, Arivaca and Amado.
Here is some information about the new applicants:
- Michael Acosta — has held many different law enforcement positions in his 32-year career, including experience both as an officer and a supervisor. Most recently, Acosta was a sergeant with the Pima Community College Police Department, where he served from 2011 until he retired in February.
- Barbara Kay Blake — Serves the Green Valley Justice Court as a small claims hearing officer. She previously served in that position with the Show Low Justice Court.
- Mathew B. Cannon — Before coming to Southern Arizona in 2015, Cannon was a practicing attorney in Michigan for six years. Since then, he has worked as a Cochise County public defender in Bisbee, representing clients faced with felony charges of all levels.
- Gary Halkowitz — He is a deputy with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, with nearly 10 years of experience. Prior to his service as a deputy, he served for 20 combined years with the Army and National Guard.
- R. David Kryder — A business consultant who has also served for nearly 13 years as a small claims hearing officer with the Pima County Consolidated Justice Court. In 2010, Kryder ran for Precinct 7 Justice of the Peace, losing to the incumbent.
- Ronald J. Newman — A practicing attorney in Tucson for 45 years, Newman unsuccessfully ran for Precinct 10 Justice of the Peace in 2016. He has been serving as a judge pro tempore at the Green Valley Justice Court.
- Janie Stover — Has 15 years of experience providing administrative support. In New York, Stover served as a court assistant for Saratoga County Surrogate’s Court and as a civil prosecution specialist for the New York Office of the Attorney General. In Arizona, Stover provides freelance legal document preparation for clients in the Green Valley area.
A public forum will be held Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. at Las Campanas Community Center, 565 W. Belltower Drive, in Green Valley.