MOHAVE COUNTY - Trying to make history by winning a county-wide race as a write-in candidate, Mohave County Court Commissioner Billy Sipe continues contrasting his experience to that of Eric Gordon,

the unemployed attorney who won the Aug. primary election for Division 6 Mohave County Superior Court judge.

Speaking at an Oct. 8 conservative republican luncheon in Kingman, Judge Sipe repeatedly pounded home that he spent 26 years as a private practice attorney in Kingman before being appointed to the bench nearly four years ago.

“There’s a reason that the legal community and the political community in Mohave County are supporting me because they realize I am the most qualified candidate for this position, bar none, and there really can’t be anybody in this room, including Mr. Gordon, that can possibly say that he’s more qualified because I’m on the bench and I’m doing the job already,” Sipe said.

Gordon countered that the depth of his legal experience is in the civil arena, where the bulk of the Division 6 workload will be.

“I have the experience across all the areas of civil practice,” Gordon said. “I actually purposefully have moved through those different positions so I would have a broad base because, again, since I was a small child all I’ve wanted is to be a judge.”

Sipe was on the offensive when he noted that Gordon has conceded being fired from one of two jobs he has held in Mohave County, a position with the law firm of Whitney and Whitney. Sipe said Gordon needs to come clean about his exit from a previous position with the Arizona Attorney General’s office.

“I challenge Mr. Gordon to tell you what happened,” Sipe said.  “He wants you to vote for him and elevate him to a very powerful position, the most powerful position perhaps we have in the county to make important decisions and he has a duty to let you know his work history.”

Gordon declined the challenge.

“Due to respect for that prior employer, I’m not going to discuss the political workings that led to me leaving,” Gordon said. ``I will simply say that I was not fired, that I left.”

Responding to a question from the audience that was rooted in the controversial appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, both candidates denied involvement of workplace sexual harassment allegations.

A candidate distinction that surfaced during the political forum is that Sipe said he favors use of a merit system to select judges, while Gordon said he thinks judges should be elected.

The winner of the Nov. 6 election will succeed retiring Judge Richard Weiss.


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