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10/30/2012 8:03:00 AM
Packets now available for Prescott Valley council candidates

Ken Hedler
Special to the Tribune


The election season for next March started Monday with Mayor Harvey Skoog picking up a packet, Town Clerk Diane Russell said.

Voters will cast ballots March 12 for the mayor and three other council members, and at least one seat will be open.

Patty Lasker, who was elected in 2009, said Monday that she will not seek a second four-year term.

"I served four years, and I'd like to retire," Lasker said. "I really believe in citizen government. And I believe everybody should serve their community one way or another."

Besides picking a candidate to replace Lasker, voters will decide whether to re-elect Skoog for an additional four years and retain appointees Don Tjiema and Michael Whiting. Any candidate receiving a majority of all votes cast during the March primary will be declared a winner without running in the general election May 21.

Tjiema's seat will be up for four years, but whoever is elected in Whiting's spot will be elected to a two-year term, Russell said. The council appointed Tjiema to replace Harold Wise, who resigned in January 2011; and named Whiting to replace Henry Schmitt, who resigned a year later.

How long the four successful candidates will serve remains unresolved with the state Legislature approving a bill that changed municipal election dates to even-numbered years, according to Russell. She added the state Legislature might resolve the length of the terms when the lawmakers meet in January.

Would-be candidates for the four seats must gather a minimum of 284 signatures from qualified voters in Prescott Valley and submit the petitions by 5 p.m. Dec. 12, according to Russell.

More information and candidate packets are available at Russell's office on the second floor of the Civic Center at 7501 E. Civic Circle, or online at http://www.pvaz.net/index.aspx?page=273.

The council also scheduled a special meeting Thursday to call for elections for the council and the home rule issue, which deals with the town's budget and spending.


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