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11:34 PM Wed, Sept. 19th

Schumaker drops hat into PV council race

PRESCOTT VALLEY Prescott Valley voters will have an additional name to consider in this springs general election.

Gerald Schumaker, a 68-year-old Prescott Valley resident, recently filled out the necessary paperwork to run as a write-in candidate for the last remaining council seat during the towns general election, which is May 17. Incumbent Tom Steele and candidate Harold Wise also are competing for the remaining council seat.

Schumaker filed a $500 threshold statement, meaning that he does not intend to spend more than $500 on his campaign. Hundreds and possibly thousands of Prescott Valley residents met Schumaker while he collected petition signatures for Mayor Harvey Skoog and the recall effort in 2004.

He recently confronted Skoog during a March Town Council meeting and alleged that Skoog had told Prescott Valley Police that Schumaker had stolen the mayors campaign signs.

Schumaker declined to comment to the newspaper about his recent candidacy and said that he would release a statement within the next two days. When asked why he declined comment, he said that he felt The Daily Courier and the Prescott Valley Tribune had not interviewed him enough in the past.

Schumaker also declined to say whether he intends to attend any future candidate forums.

Wise said that Schumakers candidacy will not affect his campaign strategy, which he intends to keep a positive. He mentioned that Schumaker has a political agenda.

Steele said that he does not feel too threatened by Schumakers addition to the race and that he does not intend to change his campaign strategy. He added that he is confused about why Schumaker is running.

During a March interview with The Daily Courier, Schumaker said that he had joined the Prescott Valley recall committee in 2004 to recall former Mayor Rick Killingsworth and Vice Mayor Jay Fagelman. His efforts are evident in the 600 signatures he gathered during that effort, which helped make the recall a success.

After the successful recall election in November, Schumaker then called The Daily Courier on numerous occasions and made several unconfirmed allegations against Town Manager Larry Tarkowski, who was the interim town manager at the time.

In March, Angie Parker won a seat on the Prescott Valley Town Council and Mayor Harvey Skoog retained his position. Voters eliminated Eunice Conner from competition for the final council seat after Steele and Wise received more votes than she did.

Early voting for the May 17 general election starts on April 14, and April 18 is the last day to register to vote in the election.

Contact the reporter at jkamin@prescottaz.com