Questions arise about judicial court candidate

September 22, 2018

KINGMAN — A Republican candidate running for Division 6 Superior Court judge has been fired from two previous jobs.

Eric Gordon is running in the Nov. 6 general election to fill the Superior Court Division 6 seat being left by Judge Richard Weiss, who is retiring at the end of the year. There are no Democrats running in the general election.

Bryan Whitney said that Gordon was fired by the Whitney law firm after working there for several months. Gordon was fired for several issues including professionalism, legal knowledge, work ethic, insubordination, inability to handle a minimal caseload and tardiness, Whitney said.

According to Whitney, the main reason Gordon was fired was because he was allegedly engaging in “sexually harassing” behavior with his staff. Another agency that his law firm worked with also reported that Gordon was allegedly “sexually harassing their staff members” and behaved inappropriately.

“We were told that he could no longer be in or around that agency which made it impossible to continue to employ him since we are in or around that agency all the time,” Whiteny said. “Obviously, the behaviors in our office and outside our office were cause for immediate termination and that is the action we took.”

Gordon worked at the Whitney law firm from Oct. 10, 2017, until he was fired June 6.

No charges have been filed against Gordon.

Gordon was also reportedly fired from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, accordin to Whitney.

Gordon told Whitney that he was not given a reason but believed he may have made inappropriate comments about a mother involved in a court case in front of other female staff members, Whitney said.

AGO Communications Division Chief Ryan Anderson confirmed Gordon’s employment through July 10, 2017 but said he could not comment further without pulling his personnel file.

Superior Court Commissioner Billy Sipe Jr. recently filed nominating papers to run as a write-in candidate against Gordon in the general election.

Gordon defeated two female candidates in the Aug. 28 Republican primary. Gordon received 43.7 percent of the vote while Virginia Crews received 30.3 percent of the vote and Lenore Knudtson received 25.5 percent of the vote

The general election is set for Nov. 6. The last day to register to vote in Mohave County is Oct. 9.

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