Prescott City Council candidates to face off

PRESCOTT - For Prescott voters planning to cast a ballot in the upcoming city election, a number of opportunities for learning about the candidates will be available in coming weeks.

A half-dozen candidate forums are planned in late July/early August, with various emphases.

The first of the forums will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at Peregrine Book Company, 219 N. Cortez St.

Peregrine Event Coordinator Susan Lang said the bookstore planned the forum as a community service. The forum will introduce the candidates to the community, and will allow the candidates to talk about their priorities. All of the candidates were invited to the forum. Lang will serve as the moderator.

Other forums include:

• 5 p.m. Thursday, July 25 - Yavapai County Contractors Association (YCCA) forum, Hassayampa Inn Marina Room, 122 E. Gurley St.

YCCA Executive Director Sandy Griffis said local resident Malcolm Barrett Jr. would serve as moderator for the forum, and the questions will touch on issues that affect the health of the community.

All of the candidates were invited to the YCCA forum.

• 3 p.m. Friday, July 26, Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive. Arizona State Rep. Karen Fann will serve as the moderator for the forum, which will touch on a variety of topics. The forum will include the six council candidates.

• 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 29, Prescott Chamber of Commerce/Prescott Downtown Partnership/Prescott Area Young Professionals forum, at the Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina St.

The forum will be moderated by the Prescott Area Young Professionals organization, and the questions will be largely business-related. All candidates have been invited to the forum.

• 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1 - Dexter neighborhood forum at the Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy, 551 First St.

Dexter resident Terrie Crawford will serve as moderator for the forum, which will ask candidates to speak on three main categories - their priorities, water issues, and neighborhood access and quality of life. All of the candidates have been invited to the forum.

• 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 - Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) forum, at the Granite Peak Universalist Church, 882 Sunset St.

The forum, which will be moderated by CWAG member Chris Hoy, will focus on five water-related questions, including safe yield, long-term water management, the U.S. Geological Survey studies, and water conservation. All of the candidates have been invited to the CWAG forum.

All of the forums are open to the public.

Along with the forums, Barrett said he also would be interviewing each of the candidates for 30-minute segments that will air on the Access 13 public access channel in coming weeks.

The 2013 City Council election has attracted eight candidates in all, including two for mayor, and six for council.

The candidates include: mayoral candidates Marlin Kuykendall (incumbent), and Lindsay Bell; and council candidates Steve Blair and Len Scamardo (incumbents), and Alan Dubiel, Ellie Laumark, Gregory Lazzell, and Jean Wilcox.

The primary is set for Aug. 27, and the general election is set for Nov. 5.

The ballots for the primary will begin going out in the mail on Aug. 1. The deadline for registering for the vote is July 29.