Former Arizona Daily Star reporter-turned-constable, Joe Ferguson, looks like he is out of a job after his challenger, George Camacho, took an early lead in the Precinct 9 Constable race on Tuesday. In early results, Camacho was ahead with 65.27 percent of the vote.
Ferguson was appointed as Constable in Precinct 9, in a 3-2 vote by the Pima County Board of Supervisors in January 2020.
Ferguson’s appointment sparked controversy due to the fact that Ferguson, while working at the Arizona Daily Star, covered the Pima County Board of Supervisors.
Popular online media critic, and former member of the Arizona Board of Regents, Greg Patterson wrote:
So, Ferguson covered “local government and politics”. What exactly does that mean? It means that he covered the recent campaign for Supervisor and then those Supervisors turned around and appointed him as constable.
Check out his hit piece that Ferguson wrote about Supervisor Ally Miller.
Now take a look at what Ferguson told the Tucson Sentinel
Ferguson said he became interested in serving while observing Randall’s work while teaching his Reporting Public Affairs students at the University of Arizona School of Journalism over the past year.
Did you catch that key phrase–over the past year. That means that Ferguson was interested in the position WHILE covering the race.
This is a huge embarrassment for the Star. How are they going to handle it? Are they going to come clean and say that they were snookered by Ferguson?
Supervisors Sharon Bronson, Ramon Valadez, and the late Richard Elias voted for Ferguson despite the fact that Camacho had worked at the Constable’s office for years. Camacho and his family have been a part of the Precinct 9 community for generations.
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