Pernice (aka Knefel), Deb

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
Board of Supervisors
Political Affiliation:
(928) 910-1791
Retired City Attorney, Hearing Officer
BA Religious Studies, JD
Divorced mother of two adult children
Biographical Info:

Retired 20+ year public servant, businesswoman and community volunteer
• Recognized Law Enforcement, Public Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Advocate
• Protected public interests in clean water, land development, transportation and other growth issues; recent volunteer/activist for Prescott Lakes
• Contract Hearing Officer for Animal Care Agency (Part time) since 2015
• I’ve been in the election integrity trenches since attending the hearings in Phoenix in 2020 and as RNLA Poll Observer since 1996 (see Dornan vs. Sanchez)
• Elected Yavapai County Republican Committee Precinct and Area Leader and AZ State Committeeman
• Long standing leader in Republican National Lawyers Association, Federalist Society
• Volunteer Pastoral Minister, Religion Teacher and Parochial School Board Member for 10 years
• Volunteered over 10 years as Superior Court Judge Pro-Tem and Arbitrator
• Eagle Scout mom, NCAA soccer mom


Since I moved to Arizona to retire, I tried to give back the best way I knew how.
I soon realized that my background was useful in the County GOP as bylaws chair and resolutions chair and I served as Precinct Captain since 2020 and as an Area Director. Because of my background, my neighborhood asked me to assist opposing what we viewed as some poorly conceived development in Prescott Lakes and I became more involved in local concerns. This led me to run for this office and use my talents here and not bury them
Yavapai is a wonderful place with wonderful people and I want to keep it this way.
We must preserve our communities like this for our children, grandchildren and their own to thrive.


Response Legend

  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Providing benefits and services such as free housing to undocumented migrants at taxpayer expense. O
2. Allowing all parents to use tax credits and taxpayer funded empowerment scholarship accounts to enable their children to attend any private school, homeschool, or online academy of their choice. S
3. Interpreting the 2nd Amendment as protecting an individual’s right to keep and bear arms. S
4. Using taxpayer funds to support any organization that performs, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion. O
5. Amending the Arizona State Constitution to grant a fundamental right to every individual to an abortion. O
6. Providing tax breaks to certain industries over others. O
7. Adding "sexual orientation," "gender identity," or "gender expression" to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination ordinances. O
8. Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues. S
9. Enhancing penalties for leading and participation in organized retail theft rings. S
10. Permitting individuals and businesses to not provide services or promote ideas that violate their moral or religious beliefs. S