Not that long ago, State treasurer candidate Doug Ducey was given a glowing endorsement by the daily newspaper.
Today the newspaper admits that Ducey failed to pay the taxes on his Paradise Valley home for more than two years, risking the loss of his property — until he paid the outstanding bills just prior to entering the treasurer’s race. The 10,200 square foot residence sits on a 2-acre golf course lot in Desert Fairways Estates. In 2009 the taxable evaluation, less than the actual value of the home, was $1,735,500.
Ducey, the former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery had a $15,000 lien placed on his property after the non-payment of property taxes in 2008 and 2009.
Yet Ducey has inexplicably been endorsed by the current state treasurer, Dean Martin, and to date has raised $480,665 — nearly 14 times as much as his next-closest opponent, GOP state Sen. Thayer Verschoor — the conservative favorite endorsed by the PAChyderm Coalition.
Despite the negative information swirling about Ducey, his donor list is filled with establishment heavy-hitters and replete with those with strong connections to John McCain and Jon Kyl.
Adding to the confusion are the candidates who have withdrawn from their races too late to be removed from the ballot — among them are gubernatorial candidates Dean Martin and Buz Mills, Maricopa County Attorney candidate Boyd Dunn and Dusti Morris seeking a House seat in District 11.
There is no rush to fill out your ballot. Get all the information first. It could change your vote and alter the outcome of important races. Primary election day is August 24, 2010. Voters can mail their early ballots ensuring they are received prior to that date, or take their ballots to their neighborhood polling place on Election Day.