Saturday, September 10, 2011

Jones v Lizarraga - Quartzsite election controversy continues

Be careful what you wish for, as the saying goes. Mayor elect Jose' Lizarraga, had barely been sworn in when candidate Jennifer Jones filed a legal chalenge to his eligibility in La Paz County Superior Court.

The civil action requests that Lizarraga be disqualified and Foster, the candidate with the next highest number of votes be declared the winner of the election.

Jones contends that Lizarraga is ineligible because he admits to violating Open Meeting Law. Under Quartzsite Ordinance 2-1-10, candidates are required to adhere to certain legal and ethical standards, and apparently cannot break laws or even code of ethics guidelines.

It appears that the ethically challenged Lizarraga cannot even avail himself of the town attorney without crossing a line, as the case is between private parties, and not against the body politic. Lizarraga must file a legal reply by Wednesday. The case has not yet been set for a hearing.

Looks like Jose' should have just said "no way" to the nomination, but he had to  know the turbulent history of the position of mayor going into it . Who in their right mind would even want the job under the current administration?


  1. Perhaps you may like to read some background on my first hand experience with the situation in Quartzsite. Check out the three posts on my Bolg at

  2. Nobody cares! All is lost!! Go away!!! Run far far away!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Well, like you said "Watch out for what you wish for" Because she won pretty much everything she asked for other then having Ed Foster put in as Mayor...