Originally Published: May 10, 2015 6 a.m.
PRESCOTT - Another prospective candidate has joined the race for the Prescotta City Council.
Local retiree Gerald Stricklin filed a statement of organization with the city on Tuesday, May 5, allowing him to begin circulating petitions to get on the Aug. 25 primary ballot.
He joins council candidates Billie Orr and incumbent Jim Lamerson, who earlier filed their nominating petitions, as well as Steve Sischka and Kellogg Patton, who filed statements of organization but have yet to file their petitions at Prescott City Hall.
Three council seats are up for election this year, along with the mayor's post.
Nominating packets became available this past January, and the first day for filing was Monday, April 27. The deadline for filing the petitions is set for May 27.
So far, Orr, Lamerson, and mayoral candidate Harry Oberg have filed their petitions.
Candidates must have at least 638 valid signatures to get their names on the primary ballot, and City Clerk Dana DeLong reported that Orr, Lamerson, and Oberg all met that requirement.
After verifying that petition signers listed addresses within Prescott city limits, DeLong reported that Orr's petitions had 1,063 valid signatures, while Lamerson had 865, and Oberg had 1,032.
DeLong said Friday, May 8, that she expects Sischka and mayoral candidate Dan Fraijo to file their nominating petitions on Monday, May 11.
Earlier this year, incumbent Mayor Marlin Kuykendall announced that he would not be seeking a fourth two-year term, and incumbent councilmen Charlie Arnold and Chris Kuknyo said they would not be running for another four-year term.
The city primary is set for Aug. 25, and the general election is scheduled for Nov. 3.