Originally Published: April 26, 2011 9:43 p.m.
PRESCOTT - If all of the prospective candidates successfully get their petitions in to city hall this spring, the field of hopefuls on the upcoming Prescott City Council primary ballot could total nine.
On Monday, local resident Deborah Thurston added her name to the list when she took out petitions to run for the mayor's position. She joins incumbent Mayor Marlin Kuykendall, and current Councilwoman Mary Ann Suttles, who currently are circulating petitions for the mayor's post.
Along with the mayor's position, the Aug. 30 primary ballot will also include candidates vying for three seats on the City Council.
As of Tuesday, six candidates had filed the necessary paperwork to make their candidacy official for one of the three council seats.
They are: incumbents Lora Lopas and Jim Lamerson, and challengers Charlie Arnold, Alan Dubiel, Chris Kuknyo and Angie Scaglione.
In order to get on the ballot, prospective candidates must submit petitions containing at least 662 signatures from registered Prescott voters and not more than 1,323 signatures. By city code, prospective candidates cannot begin collecting signatures on their petitions until after they file a statement of organization.
The first date for filing the petitions is May 2, and the deadline is June 1.
In addition to the candidates, an organization, the Good Governance Committee, headed by Elisabeth Ruffner, also filed a statement of organization on Jan. 4.
Candidates who receive a majority of the votes in the primary will be elected outright, while any undecided seats will go on to a runoff in the general election on Nov. 8.