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1/23/2013 9:25:00 AM
Dewey-Humboldt candidates support economic development, staying rural, at forum
Moderator Bob Greene, left, poses a question to Dewey-Humboldt mayoral candidates Monday evening at the American Legion Post 78. From left, Greene, current Mayor Terry Nolan, former councilman David Nystrom, and Chris Berry.
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Moderator Bob Greene, left, poses a question to Dewey-Humboldt mayoral candidates Monday evening at the American Legion Post 78. From left, Greene, current Mayor Terry Nolan, former councilman David Nystrom, and Chris Berry.
Trib Photo/Sue Tone

Sue Tone

The three mayoral candidates and three of the four council candidates faced off Monday evening, responding to questions from the audience at the American Legion Post 78 in Dewey-Humboldt.

Four council candidates are running for four seats: Arlene Alen, and incumbents Dennis Repan and Nancy Wright, are running for 4-year terms; Jack Hamilton, who was not present, is running for the 2-year term.

About two dozen people showed up for the forum, moderated by Bob Greene. Each candidate had an opportunity to present opening and closing statements and answer each of the questions.

Mayoral candidates are Chris Berry, current Mayor Terry Nolan, and former councilman David Nystrom. Nystrom, a resident since 2007, answered a first question directed to him specifically as to why he was running for mayor after resigning from the council. He set the record straight by stating he did not resign.

The council appointed Nystrom to fill a two-year vacant seat. At the end of the term, he chose not to run because of some personal circumstances that have since been dealt with. He frequently appears at council meetings and often speaks on agenda items.

All candidates said it was the low-density, wide-open space and warm community of Dewey-Humboldt that attracted them to the area in the first place. Yet all would like to see some business growth to bring revenue to the town.

Berry, a 15-year resident, gave the audience a list of several "bad news" concerns about the town in his opening statement for mayor before saying that no one on the council is spearheading efforts to make things better.

"What we really need is strong leadership, a quarterback with a better plan," he said. He would put his "positive, can-do attitude" to benefit the community, which is not utilizing all of its resources, he added.

Berry would like to work on improvements with the historic preservation effort, and see more economic revitalization projects, which could bring in state and federal grant money. He shared some of his plans to build tourism at Humboldt Station, where he recently moved his thrift store, including weekend events and "shootouts."

Nolan talked about how the state has decreased available money for towns, leaving towns to generate their own funds. He brought a laugh when he said Dewey-Humboldt residents need a few businesses where they can do their banking and shopping and "buy our drugs - prescription drugs, that is!" He would like to see businesses' sales tax remain in D-H and not go to nearby towns.

"If we don't develop, we're going to die," he said.

Nystrom described the town as a community that has chosen to be low-density and rural, and values independence. At the same time, he sees steps toward historical preservation, and said there is room for that "without giving up what we love."

In discussing the road situation, Nystrom said the missing piece is a road plan 5-7 years out.

"Poor planning is not an excuse for poor roads," he said. Looking at the amount of money from Highway User Revenue Fund and how to allocate those on current and future road projects is vital to D-H roads.

Nolan acknowledged that the town roads are "a mess," but said the town can take care of its roads without creating more taxes. Some roads have drainage problems and need to be redone, he said.

Berry said raising taxes is a last option for roadwork. He said if blading some of the roads will buy time before paving, the town could agree to a compromise.

All three candidates are on board with capitalizing on local history to bring visitors to the area. On the question of developing tourism, Nolan said the town should work with storeowners and make it as easy as possible for people to set up businesses in D-H.

Berry talked about designating parts of Humboldt as a historical district. Nystrom urged taking small steps by determining which areas could be historical districts, what property owners thought about it, and town code requirements. He said many of the D-H Historical Society members are not residents of the town, but come from outside communities, and there is a lot of interest in its history.

A question submitted by Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall asked what the top five things the candidates wished to change or implement during the next two years.

Nolan described how D-H has a strong council, rather than a mayor-driven council as Prescott has.

"As a mayor, I am only one of seven people," he said. The council needs a majority to make anything happen, he added.

Berry said the council must work together on issues such as town water supply, economic revitalization and historic preservation, and creating the perception that town government is "benevolent" to its constituency.

Nystrom said a good mayor should be able to inspire and bring good ideas to the council. His five top issues include the need for an independent Board of Adjustment, participation as a stakeholder with the Environmental Protection Agency on Superfund site issues, use and support town committees, come up with a long-term road plan, and capitalize on local history.

Council candidates answered similar questions from the audience. As they are running unopposed, this article centered mainly on the mayoral candidates. Candidates who receive a majority of all votes cast in the March primary election will be declared elected without running in the general election on May 21.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013
Article comment by: Jim Stephens

First and foremost! Nothing will change if there is no competition for elected positions. Also, the elected officials have failed! I say this because all you read or hear is how we need strong leadership. That's further from the truth! What we need is for them to check their personal differences at the door! Do what you're elected to do and that's represent us with clear and concise decisions and not drag out simple policy changes for the next two or three years. All of the criticizing that is being written only creates separatism! We can't afford that in our small town.
Jim Stephens

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Russ Ahrens


I make one mention of Mr. Berry in my "Comment #10" and he responds with a tirade full of deceptions and untruths. Imagine how he'd act as your Mayor? 1) I was a pro bono (invited) consultant to the DHHS board, actively participating in numerous meetings, none of which Mr. Berry attended. I also worked with their grant-writing volunteer, offering strategic recommendations. Plus I contributed money to this worthy organization. 2) In the "letter" to which Mr. Berry refers, he was highly critical of the qualifications of his alleged "good friend," Mr. Nystrom. The latter has a copy of that letter. 3) My "opinion" in the PV Trib was to raise awareness of the deep issues confronting that community. It worked, as it got the attention of one of their council-members, plus the majority sided with me. Read my "Comment #18" to this 1/2/13 (?) article, as it states the many positive personal and financial contributions I made to PV. In closing, it appears that Mr. Berry can only react with emotion and irresponsibility. Again, are these the traits you, D-H, wish in your Mayor? Finally, thank you, PV Tribune, for providing the forum for dialogue.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Dewey Homeowner

History can be used to bring dollars into our community which are needed to avoid taxes which would kill us
grants are available and if we don't take them other towns will..it is our tax dollars coming back to us or someone else

We absolutely need to include the Cherry Siding_ Dewey part of town in the mix and some of the candidates for council live in Dewey not old town Humboldt.
Incorporating all of the town is important seems like the Dewey residents just need to start their own historical society and then perhaps the two could join forces

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Chris Berry

Interesting post from Russ Ahrens. I wouldn't have caught it had not someone called it to my attention. In it he states that I sent him a negative letter. In truth, he initially sent me one in which he stated that he felt I wasn't qualified to run, I was stealing votes from Mr. Nystrom, that he was backing David Nystrom's campaign financially and otherwise and urging me to withdraw from the race. I replied back to him that I had no intention of withdrawing unless I saw a strong leader emerge and that if he was backing Nystrom's campaign financially that I hoped he had a "big bank account balance" as he was going to need it. Both David Nystrom and I were and are still heavily involved with the D-H Historical Society and although we welcome help and advice from anyone, Mr. Ahren's contributions were virtually nil. In fact, so far about the only contributions I've seen from Mr. Ahrens was his recent "letter to the editor" in which he made negative comments about the the area we live in and his statement that he was moving to Casa Grande to get away from here. Here's another fact.....On many issues Mr. Nystrom and I are on the same page, (we agree on and even collaborate on finding solutions for many of the same issues). I consider Mr. Nystrom a very good friend of mine and no matter who wins the election I am sure that we can count on each other's support. Spewing negativity and yapping like an angry lap dog about how awful our town is from all the way down there in Casa Grande is counterproductive and certainly doesn't show any effort or willingness to help make things better. Mr. Ahrens if things are so awful up here for you, why don't you just stay down there in Casa Grande? We need positive, progressive minded people up here not the negative pap you're trying to spoon feed everybody.

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Same old song and dance

Grow or die? That's what the rancher/developers have been saying. Now I know why Nolan does not like the Mortimer farm and why he votes against it. Growth is not a panacea to be used when you don't know what else to do. The other candidates are bringing ideas to the table and that's what I like. Time to sweep out the stale and dysfunctional actors and bring in fresh thinkers.

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Concerned Resident

Thanks to candidate Nystrom for including the town government's participation in the EPA Superfund process as an important priority. The environmental issues D-H is dealing with are a matter of public health, and the town needs to be involved in how they are resolved. History is great, but we need clean air to breathe. He has my vote.

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Russ Ahrens

I recently sold my home in Dewey, now wintering in Casa Grande. While a resident of Dewey I was invited to be a consultant to the D-H Historical Society. Through this role I was also able to see the workings of the local government, also having numerous conversations with the Town Manager. Having reviewed the article on the "Candidate's Forum," I come away with several comments: 1) #One priority should be fixing the community's infrastructure (roads, etc), as the residents deserve easy, efficient access to and from their residence. 2) Yes, D-H has a wondrous history but don't let the emotions centered around preserving your "past," interfere with the need to invite prudent and income-producing new development. 3) Of the three mayoral candidates, I've had interactions with Nystrom and Berry. Regarding Berry,he stated he's a positive thinker and a doer. I have a letter from him where its contents are just the opposite - negative and impulsive. Nystrom - he appears to be logical, organized, a consensus-builder, truthful, fresh-thinker. Good luck to the residents of D-H in selecting the most effective leader.

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: katie creamcheese


Beware...A gift of gab sometimes

Means...........A gift of grab.

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013
Article comment by: Write In vote

Cast a vote for DONALD DUCK

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: David Nystrom, Nystrom For Mayor

The comments by "Two Cents" are right on target. We are fortunate to have a Council - Manager form of government that relies on seven individual members of the Town Council, all with an equal vote. The Strong Mayor form of government too often leads to corruption. We don't need a strong mayor in terms of power.

But, I would submit that we need a strong mayor in terms of leadership. Someone strong enough to ensure everyone has a fair chance to participate, strong enough to have a good working relationship even with those he may disagree with and strong enough to lead a Town Council with varied opinions to a common vision and purpose.

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: Larry T

When you look at who is running for office its no wonder there is less then a 30% voter turn out. Stop all this talk of grant money from the feds they have no money and must make major cuts. I'm sorry there is nothing of real historic value in this town. People of Dewey are still waiting to see something on the west side of the 69.

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: Two Cents

Berry and Nystrom seem to have fresh ideas, something that has been missing these last couple years. Nystrom speaks well, is very organized and is clearly the best thinker of the three.

As for this "strong mayor" stuff? That's the last thing we need! We elect 7 people to represent us because we don't want a dictator, cronyism, or the corruption that is typical when you put just one person in charge. We need accountability, a variety of ideas and the kind of transparency you get when the power is shared by 7, not just 1. A good mayor knows how to bring out the best in the council, not point blame at it.

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Article comment by: Chris Berry

The one thing that got left out in this article was the importance that the town is Dewey-Humboldt and not just Humboldt or just Dewey. The Dewey part of town has equally important issues,as the Humboldt part, (most predominately the need for good water and roads). Dewey also has important historic sites.that should be included in any planned historic designations.I for one would like to see more "unity of purpose" between both parts of town. There are many things that can be done to improve our town and its infrastructure and contrary to common misperception these improvements don't have to be paid for with tax dollars. The most important thing though is that in the past candidates have been elected more on their popularity than on their ability to get the job done so I urge all to consider this when casting your votes. Ask yourself, "Do we want more of the same or do we want someone who is going to work hard to make the needed changes come about?".

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Article comment by: Time for a change

Nolan says we must develop or die but he does nothing in office except assault the board of adjustments for months on end. Nothing gets done with this council because the leader doesn't know how to lead. Previous mayors had no problem. Time to try someone new.

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