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James “Jim” Shumway



Served: April 13, 1988 – 1990
Born:  July 8, 1939, Tempe, Maricopa County, Ariz.
Died:  May 11, 2003, Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Ariz.

Shumway was appointed to the office of Arizona Secretary of State on April 13, 1988, by Gov. Rose Mofford who had succeeded to the governorship.

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Jim Shumway ran for the office in 1990 Democrat primary election but lost to Richard Mahoney who was eventually elected Arizona Secretary of State in the General Election.

  Name:  James “Jim” Hyrum Shumway
Name as Secretary of State:  James “Jim” Shumway
Other Elected Offices: n/a
Education:  Tempe High School; Brigham Young University
Military Service: n/a
Occupations:  Voting machine mechanic, Maricopa County Arizona, 1960; Director of Elections, Pima County, 1976; State Elections Officer; Director of Elections, Maricopa County
Notable: He literally wrote the book, the state's procedural manual, for county election officials.  He was called in by the feds and other states to help them in contested elections.”  (“The way Jim Shumway tackled problems made him a great Arizona public servant.”  The Arizona Republic, May 13, 2003.  p. B 10)
Memorial/Resolution: 46th Legislature, 1st Regular Session (2003) SCR 1030 Jim Shumway; death resolution
Sources:  Social Security Death Index; Memorial Resolution; Connie Cone Sexton.  “Ex-secretary Shumway 'put heart into' elections.”  The Arizona Republic, May. 13, 2003, p. B 9.