Jul 23, 2018
Birdman on the Mountain
podcast – July 19, 2018
(regarding city elections)
(Guests: City Clerk Ann Kurasaki, Deputy
City Clerk Tamra Reidhead, Planning and Zoning Director Justen
I understand you have
information to share with our viewers about the upcoming city
elections this fall.
have a primary election on August 28 for 3 council seats and 1
- Voters can choose from 4 candidates—incumbent
council members Mike Allsop, Brent Hatch and John Leech, Jr. and
newcomer Kevin Weaver.
winning candidates will serve until December 2022.
also have ballot proposition 416 to adopt the 2018 General
city election—combined with federal, state and county
elections—will appear at the end or near the end of the
Low voters have 2 polling places to choose from— either the city
campus gym on East McNeil or Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District
on the Deuce of Clubs across from the airport.
- Voters will need to present the necessary
identification to receive a ballot or can request a ballot in the
mail by calling Navajo County at (800) 668-3867 by August
Council members are non-partisan—which means they don’t declare a
voter who has a designated political party (Republican, Democrat,
Green or Libertarian) will receive that party’s ballot at the
- Because Arizona is an Open Primary state,
voters registered as “independents” or “no political party” can
still vote in the primary.
the polls or by calling Navajo County, voters can choose a
Republican, Democrat or Green party ballot OR a city-only ballot.
The city-only ballot shows the City Council race and ballot
Libertarian party is the only party that doesn’t participate in the
Can you explain the ballot
proposition and tell us more about the General Plan?
as Proposition 416 on the ballot, it asks voters to approve the
2018 General Plan.
General Plan provides guidelines for land use, transportation,
quality growth and compatible development.
last General Plan was adopted by the voters in 2008.
- Although land development has been minimal,
we’re required by state law to update it every 10 years and get
- What’s new in the 2018 Plan are updated maps,
demographic data and general information. The rest of the Plan is a
close copy of the 2008 version.
How can voters learn more about
the ballot proposition?
households with a registered Show Low voter will receive a
publicity pamphlet through the mail in late July or early August
with more information.
created an informational flyer about the General Plan that was
distributed with the utility bill that was sent in early July. We
also have copies of the flyer at city hall.
Will the city have a general
election in November?
∙ It depends on what happens at the
∙ For candidates, anyone who receives more than
50% of the vote for the office of Council member is considered
elected. If all 3 seats are not filled at the primary, a general
election on November 6 will be held for the remaining seats.
∙ The ballot proposition for adopting the new
General Plan will be decided at the primary.
Is there still time to register
to vote in the primary?
∙ July 30 is the last day to register to vote in
the August 28 primary.
∙ October 8 is the last day to register to vote
in the November 6 general.
∙ Voters who have moved to a different physical
address, changed their names because of marriage or divorce or want
to change their party designation must re-register to
∙ Voter registration forms are available in the
lobby at city hall.
Are there any other key dates
our voters should be aware of?
∙ Early ballots will be mailed to the voters by
Navajo County beginning August 1. Voters have until August 17 to
request an early ballot by calling (800) 668-3867.
∙ The last date we suggest mailing back a voted
ballot is Friday, August 24, to make sure it’s received by the
county by the August 28 election.
∙ Or voters can drop off a voted ballot at any
polling place in Navajo County on election day. All polling places
will stay open until 7 p.m.
∙ If there is a general election, the date is
How can our voters learn more
about our candidates?
Show Low Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a candidate forum on
Thursday, July 26, in our council chambers at 181 N. 9th Street
with you, Rob, as the moderator.
- Voters can come and listen to the candidates
debate or watch the forum live on Show Low TV.
quarterly city newsletter, sent with this month’s utility bill, has
an article about the election. We also have election news on our
city website at showlowaz.gov.