Four minutes is not much time for candidates to talk about their growing-up years, education, work history and why voters should elect them. Four minutes is all they had at the July 31 Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce Breakfast candidates forum at StoneRidge.
Here, briefly, is what candidates in contested primary races had to say.
State Representative for Legislative District 1 candidates are incumbents Noel Campbell and David Stringer, and challenger Jodi Rooney.
“Transportation is my career; education is my passion,” said Rooney, who spoke first.
A 12-year resident of Prescott Valley, Rooney currently sits as a PV town council member. She retired in November from the Arizona Department of Transportation to run for a seat in the House. Education, promoting business in Arizona and the Interstate 17 corridor are among her campaign endeavors.
Noel Campbell has served four years as state representative and chairs the Transportation Committee. He considers public safety, education and transportation his top three issues. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, former customs agent and tanker pilot. He supports charter, public and parochial schools, “whatever works,” he said.
Stringer previously campaigned to fix I-17. He is pro-business, wants to keep taxes low and cut regulations. He is a strong proponent of school choice, and supports expanding ESA (Empowerment Scholarship Account).
“It’s great for students and great for taxpayers because they save money,” he said.
Running for mayor of Prescott Valley are Michael Whiting, a current town councilman, and Kell Palguta.
Whiting is a native Arizonan and PV resident for 13 years. He recently retired from the Veterans Affairs, ran United Way for three years, sat as a commissioner on the PV Planning and Zoning Commission, served with Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization, and is an active local volunteer. He also served four years in the Air Force and spent 25 years as a federal regulator.
Currently serving a fifth year on the council, he states he has no personal agenda. His goals include financial stability for the town, economic development, and public safety.
Palguta has been a PV resident since 1996. He retired from the PV Police Department where, at the time, he was the youngest police officer hired by the department.
“The key for Prescott Valley being successful is to bring people to Prescott Valley,” he said. “I want to make a difference every single day.”
He also volunteers with Prescott Valley Little League.
Also speaking at the forum were Karen Fann and Jo Craycraft, candidates for State Senate LD1; Corporation Commission candidate James O’Connor; candidate for U.S. Representative for District 4, David Brill; Deedra Aboud, candidate for U.S. Senate; Ken Bennett, candidate for governor; candidates running for justice of the peace in Prescott, Glenn Savona and Mitch Padilla; and three candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction: Jonathan Gelbert, Tracy Livingston, and David Schapira.