Originally Published: May 13, 2017 6 a.m.
Now two weeks into the filing period for Prescott Mayor and City Council, two candidates have filed the necessary paperwork – one for City Council and one for mayor.
Prescott City Clerk Dana DeLong reported Friday, May 12, that council candidate Phil Goode was the first candidate to file the necessary petitions.
Goode filed to run for one of the open City Council seats on May 1, the first day in the filing period. The Vietnam veteran is a co-chair of the Mayor’s Committee on Structured Sober Living Homes and also serves on the Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission.
Mayoral candidate Greg Mengarelli was the second to file, turning his petitions on May 11. Currently the president of the Prescott Unified School District Board, Mengarelli works as executive director of the United Christian Youth Camp.
Goode exceeded the number of signatures needed to appear on Prescott’s Aug. 29 primary ballot, and Mengarelli appears to have exceeded the number as well.
DeLong reported that Goode turned in petitions containing 1,038 signatures. Of those, 969 were verified as valid signatures of registered Prescott voters.
The verification process for Mengarelli’s petitions is still underway, DeLong said, noting that he turned in 1,353 signatures. The verification process typically takes several days, and DeLong said it should be complete by Tuesday, May 16.
Both of the candidates collected significantly more than the required minimum of 718 signatures.
DeLong noted that her office disqualifies signatures of those who live outside the city limits. The clerk’s staff enters each of the signers’ addresses into a GIS base to determine residency, she said.
Most of the disqualified signatures from Goode’s petitions were from people who live in Yavapai County, outside Prescott city limits, DeLong said.
Although none of the other prospective candidates have yet turned in their petitions, DeLong said she has been in contact with several about the coming dates for their filings.
Along with Goode and Mengarelli, others who have taken out nominating packets include:
• Mayor – City Councilwoman Jean Wilcox, and local resident Mary Beth Hrin.
• Council – City Councilmen Steve Blair and Greg Lazzell, and residents Joe Viccica, Constance Cantelme, Rick LeVong, and Alexa Scholl.
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.
Prospective candidates have until May 31 to file their petitions.