Birdman on the Mountain podcast – July 19, 2018 (regarding city elections)

Rob:

(Guests:  City Clerk Ann Kurasaki, Deputy City Clerk Tamra Reidhead, Planning and Zoning Director Justen Tregaskes)

 

I understand you have information to share with our viewers about the upcoming city elections this fall.

Ann:

  • We have a primary election on August 28 for 3 council seats and 1 ballot proposition.
  • Voters can choose from 4 candidates—incumbent council members Mike Allsop, Brent Hatch and John Leech, Jr. and newcomer Kevin Weaver.
  • The winning candidates will serve until December 2022.
  • We also have ballot proposition 416 to adopt the 2018 General Plan.

Tamra:

  • Our city election—combined with federal, state and county elections—will appear at the end or near the end of the ballot.
  • Show 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 17.

Ann:

  • Our Council members are non-partisan—which means they don’t declare a party affiliation.
  • A voter who has a designated political party (Republican, Democrat, Green or Libertarian) will receive that party’s ballot at the polls.
  • Because Arizona is an Open Primary state, voters registered as “independents” or “no political party” can still vote in the primary.
  • At 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 proposition.
  • The Libertarian party is the only party that doesn’t participate in the Open Primary.

Rob:

Can you explain the ballot proposition and tell us more about the General Plan?

Justen:

  • Shown as Proposition 416 on the ballot, it asks voters to approve the 2018 General Plan.
  • A General Plan provides guidelines for land use, transportation, quality growth and compatible development.
  • The 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 voter approval.
  • 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.

Rob:

How can voters learn more about the ballot proposition?

Justen:

  • All households with a registered Show Low voter will receive a publicity pamphlet through the mail in late July or early August with more information.
  • We’ve 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.

Rob:

Will the city have a general election in November?

Ann:

It depends on what happens at the primary.

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.

Rob:

Is there still time to register to vote in the primary?

Tamra:

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 vote.

Voter registration forms are available in the lobby at city hall.

Rob:

Are there any other key dates our voters should be aware of?

Tamra:

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 November 6.

Rob:

How can our voters learn more about our candidates?

Ann:

  • The 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.
  • Our 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.
Direct download: 071918_SLCH_Final.mp3
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