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CV Watchdog Committee endorses 3 candidates - Marley, Conn, Marriott

The Chino Valley Watchdog Committee supports and endorses three candidates in the Town of Chino Valley's election of a new mayor and three council members on March 8, a mail-in election. In addition, they support the zoning referendum that will go before voters on May 17.

According to the citizen committee's spokesman, Marty Corbett, the group is actively supporting candidate Chris Marley for mayor, and James Conn and Charlotte "Charlie" Marriott for council.

"Mr. Marley has new fresh ideas, listens to reason, and has a lot of respect for the citizens of Chino Valley," Corbett stated. "He is not a part of the established political Chino Valley wheel. Mr. Conn is a general contractor who knows what it takes to not only just build a building but what it takes to build a strong team.  He would be another new council member who would listen with a concept. Ms. Marriott is a working mother and will be watching out for the children of Chino Valley's future."

The committee says they endorse the three candidates to "stop the Town Council from not playing fair with the citizens of Chino Valley. Let's listen and get along."

The committee also disagrees some of the current town council's recent decisions, such as Highway 89 enhancements and cutbacks to the senior center and town employees

"It is time for a change in Chino Valley. Most of the Town Council voted to spend $87,000 for sidewalks and landscaping along Highway 89, and an unknown ongoing amount for maintenance of the sidewalks and landscaping. They voted to spend, spend, spend while the town employees of Chino Valley took pay cuts and shorter work weeks. The senior citizens' lunches were cut back also, while our roads are still a mess."

The committee said the way town officials handled a referendum regarding the town zoning of the property where developers propose to build a KOA overnight RV campground in Chino Valley was costly to the town. The decision regarding the referendum is not on the March 8 ballot, but will go before voters on May 17, to decide about the current ordinance regarding the zoning at the property on Highway 89, north of Road 3 North.

"Choosing to reject the referendum petitions, which a county judge said was wrong, will cost the town over $22,000 in attorney fees to the plaintiff's, which does not include the cost of the Town's attorney," Corbett stated.

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