PRESCOTT - A fourth candidate has entered the Prescott City Council race, although his name will not be listed on the ballot.
Alan Dubiel, a retired electronics engineer, filed the necessary paperwork Monday, June 15, to be a write-in candidate for one of the three seats open on the Prescott City Council.
Previously, the race had attracted four prospective candidates, but the petitions of one of those - Kellogg Patton - were later challenged, and she ultimately withdrew from the race, citing health reasons.
That left three candidates to be listed on the city's August primary ballot.
Dubiel, who ran unsuccessfully for council in 2005, 2007, 2011, and 2013, says he opted to get in this year's race to give voters a choice. Noting that he had collected the necessary signatures in his earlier runs, Dubiel said he originally chose not to get in the 2015 race because four candidates had been willing to run.
"That changed when the dust settled and only three people qualified as council candidates," Dubiel said in his announcement email.
Prescott City Clerk Dana DeLong noted on Tuesday that Dubiel is now an official write-in candidate, but his name would not appear on the ballot. Rather, voters would have to write in Dubiel's name in order to vote for him.
To be elected outright in the
Aug. 25 primary, candidates must receive "a majority" of the votes cast for the City Council race, DeLong said.
For example, she said, if 12,000 votes were cast for City Council, that total is divided by the three seats available (for a total of 4,000 votes). In order to be elected outright in the primary, a candidate would have to receive a majority of that total, or at least 2,001 votes (using DeLong's example).
For Dubiel to be elected outright to the council, he would have to be a top vote-getter with a majority of the votes. Or - should both Dubiel and one of the listed candidates not receive a majority - Dubiel would have to receive at least 638 write-in votes (the number of signatures needed on the nominating petitions), which would force a run-off election between him and the other candidate not receiving a majority.
The deadline for filing as a write-in candidate is 40 days before the primary, or July 16, DeLong said.
The three candidates listed on the primary ballot will be Billie Orr, Jim Lamerson, and Steve Sischka. In a separate race, candidates Harry Oberg and Dan Fraijo will face off for mayor.