A look at some of the top races in Arizona

November is just around the corner, which means it's almost Election Day.

There's a lot to take in when it comes to what's on the ballot, between initiatives, federal, state and local elections.

We've put together some information on key races that may help you navigate your ballot.

U.S. Senate

Candidate: John McCain

Party affiliation: Republican

Experience: McCain served 22 years as naval aviator, five and a years of those he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona's 1st District in 1982. He served two terms before winning a seat in the U.S. Senate. McCain ran and lost in the primary of the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush. He was the Republican candidate in 2008, and lost to Barack Obama. If re-elected, this would be his sixth Senate term.

See where McCain stands on the issues on his website.

Candidate: Ann Kirkpatrick

Party affiliation: Democrat

Experience: Kirkpatrick has served as the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 1st congressional district since 2013. She also held that seat from 2009 to 2011. A lawyer by education, Kirkpatrick was elected as Coconino County's first female deputy county attorney in 1980. She also has served as city attorney for Sedona, was on the Flagstaff Water Commission, as was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2004. Kirkpatrick was born and raised on the White Mountain Apache Nation.

See where she stands on the issues on her website.

Maricopa County Sheriff

Candidate: Joe Arpaio

Party affiliation: Republican

Experience: The self-proclaimed "America's Toughest Sheriff” is the longest-serving sheriff in county history with nearly 24 years in office. He has never lost a re-election race. Prior to being elected, Arpaio worked his way up the ranks of what would become the Drug Enforcement Administration finishing his career in Phoenix as special agent in charge of Arizona.

See where Arpaio stands on the issues on his website.

Candidate: Paul Penzone

Party affiliation: Democrat

Experience: Paul Penzone spent 21 years as a Phoenix police officer beginning as a patrol officer. He would eventually go on to manage the Silent Witness program. Since retiring from the police force Penzone has acted as a law enforcement and security expert -- including for 12 News. He had an unsuccessful run for Maricopa County Sheriff in 2012 against Arpaio.

See where Penzone stands on the issues on his website.

Pinal County Sheriff

Candidates: Mark Lamb

Party affiliation: Republican

Experience: Lamb was a business owner and operator in the private sector before attending the Maricopa County Sheriff ’s Office Deputy Academy. He started as a police officer for the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community before being promoted to detective. Lamb would go on to work for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy starting in 2012 and later a reserve deputy.

See where Lamb stands on the issues on his website.

Candidate: Kaye Dickson

Party affiliation: Democrat

Experience: Dickson has spent over 30 years in law enforcement working for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office starting as a dispatcher and working her way up to a detention officer, detective, sergeant, director and commander. She has served on SWAT and the Special Crime Apprehension Team (SCAT). Most recently, Dickson spent the last year as director of the Franklin County Animal Care and Control in Ohio.

See where Dickson stands on the issues on her website.

Arizona Senate District 28

Candidate: Kate Brophy McGee

Party affiliation: Republican

Experience: In 2010, McGee was elected as a state representative for Arizona’s 11th legislative district, and in 2012, she was reelected in the 28th. McGee spent 12 years in banking before leaving to raise her children. She also spent nearly a decade as a school board member, serving various elected, appointed, and volunteer positions.

See where she stands on the issues on her website.

Candidate: Eric Meyer

Party affiliation: Democrat

Experience: Meyer has served as state representative in the 28th district since 2008. He previously served as a member of the Scottsdale School District Governing Board. And an emergency medical doctor in Portland, he was director of the Providence Emergency Department.

To see where he stands on the issues, visit his website

Maricopa County Recorder

Candidate: Helen Purcell

Party affiliation: Republican

Experience: Purcell is currently serving her seventh term as the Maricopa County Recorder after first being elected to the position in 1988. She's a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties. Prior to entering elected office, Purcell was a real estate trust officer with Stewart Title & Trust of Phoenix.

Candidate: Adrian Fontes

Party affiliation: Democrat

Experience: Fontes is a private-practice civil and criminal lawyer and a small business owner. He previously worked with the Maricopa County Attorney and Arizona Attorney General, as well as the Denver District Attorney. The former Marine corporal served on active duty from 1992-96 before receiving his bachelor's degree from Arizona State and a law degree from the University of Denver.

To see his stance on the issues, visit his website.

1st Congressional District

Candidate: Paul Babeu

Party affiliation: Republican

Experience: Babeu is the current Pinal County Sheriff. He is an Iraq War veteran and a former Army National Guardsman. While in the National Guard, he spent 16 months deployed in Arizona working on the border. He began his law enforcement career as a Chandler police officer, serving as the head of the Chandler Law Enforcement Association and on the board of directors for the Arizona Police Association.

To learn more about his stance on issues, visit his website.

Candidate: Tom O'Halleran

Party affiliation: Democrat

Experience: O'Halleran has eight years of experience in the Arizona state legislature. The former Chicago police officer served as a Republican in the Arizona House of Representatives (2001-06) and the Arizona State Senate (2007-07). He is also a past member of the Board for Prevent Child Abuse, Arizona and helped found Arizona's Children Caucus at the legislature.

For more on his stance on the issues, visit his website.

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