Several top state political figures will be in Black Canyon City this Sunday to support Ed Cocchiola’s Campaign Kickoff for Mayer Justice of the Peace. Mr. Cocchiola, a long time Mayer resident and current Board member of the Mayer Water District is running to succeed Bill Rummer who is not seeking another term.
The event is scheduled for Sunday, June 5, from 3 to 5 pm, at Chilleen’s in Black Canyon City, 33150 S. Coldwater Road, Exit 244 from 1-17. The event will feature free food and a cash bar. The public is invited. An RSVP is not required.
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, “America’s Toughest Sheriff” will be in attendance and is expected to formally endorse Cocchiola’s candidacy. Other confirmed guests supporting Ed Cocchiola for Mayer JP are former Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and former Congressman Trent Franks. Mr. Horne is a candidate in the Republican Primary for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Justice Courts in Arizona are typically courts of original jurisdiction for misdemeanor offenses, with felony cases referred to county Superior Courts. The presiding judge in a Justice Court, known as a Justice of the Peace, is an elected official. Cases are resolved in Justice Courts by the presiding Judge acting without a jury.
They include most traffic offenses, small civil claims and a wide variety of misdemeanor offenses including minor assaults, disorderly conduct, shoplifting, trespassing, animal control and littering.
Although the jurisdiction of a Justice Court is limited to misdemeanors, under Arizona’s tough criminal justice system, the penalties can involve substantial fines and even jail time. The presiding judges are typically local figures who are well known in their communities and enjoy reputations for probity, fairness and personal integrity. They must stand for election every four years.
Mr. Cocchiola has stated that “everyone who walks into my courtroom is presumed innocent. My job is to respect the Constitutional rights of everyone and give justice to the people. I’m someone who is of the people, I’m one of the people. As a judge, I’ll never forget that.”
This Sunday’s event in Black Canyon City is one of several public events planned by the Cocchiola campaign. Mr. Cocchiola has stated an interest in meeting as many residents of the Mayer Justice Court district as possible. His Campaign Kickoff this Sunday, at Chilleen’s in Black Canyon City, 33150 South Coldwater Road, Exit 244 from 1-17, from 3 pm to 5 pm, is free and open to the public.