Originally Published: April 15, 2017 5:55 a.m.
The field of prospective candidates circulating petitions for Prescott City Council has dropped by one, after Michael Broggie announced this week that he was withdrawing as a candidate.
Broggie, who earlier had taken out a nominating packet for one of three open council seats, said Tuesday, April 11, that he had decided not to remain in the race.
Meanwhile, Broggie said he plans to continue to work for causes he supports, such as the city’s proposed sales tax increase for the public-safety pension system, airport improvement, opportunities for young people, and reestablishing the film industry in Arizona and locally in Prescott.
Broggie’s departure from the field leaves seven candidates running for City Council, and three for mayor.
Prescott City Clerk Dana DeLong reported Friday, April 14, that no new candidates have taken out nominating packets in the past week.
On the list of those circulating petitions for City Council are: Incumbent Councilmembers Steve Blair and Greg Lazzell, as well as residents Joe Viccica, Phil Goode, Constance Cantelme, Rick LeVong, and Alexa Scholl.
For the mayor’s post, prospective candidates include: Current City Councilwoman Jean Wilcox, as well as local residents Mary Beth Hrin and Greg Mengarelli.
The council seats currently held by Mayor Harry Oberg, Wilcox, Blair, and Lazzell are all up for election this year. The mayor’s term is for two years, while the council terms run four years. Oberg earlier announced that he would not be seeking another term.
The city primary is scheduled for Aug. 29, and the general election is set for Nov. 7.
The nominating packets became available at the city clerk’s office at Prescott City Hall on Feb. 1, and will continue to be available for other prospective candidates through the end of May.
In order to be listed on the primary ballot, candidates must collect at least 718 signatures from registered Prescott voters, and not more than 1,435.
Candidates may file their completed petitions from May 1 through May 31.