Field of prospective Prescott Council candidates grows to four
Nine others have signaled interest in running but have yet to file
One new prospective candidate has joined the three Prescott City Council incumbents who earlier filed paperwork for the 2019 city election.
Long-time Prescott resident Cathey Rusing filed a statement of organization Wednesday, Jan. 16, indicating her interest in running for a seat on the City Council.
She joins incumbents Jim Lamerson, Billie Orr, and Steve Sischka, who filed their statements of organization in September.
Incumbent Mayor Greg Mengarelli also took out the necessary nominating paperwork last week, but has yet to file his statement of organization, Prescott City Clerk Maureen Scott said Friday, Jan. 18.
The seats currently held by Mengarelli, Lamerson, Orr, and Sischka will be up for election this year. The council members are elected to four-year terms, and the mayor is elected to a two-year term.
To date, Scott said she has received a number of inquiries from other prospective candidates, but none have filed the necessary paperwork.
Among those who have taken out nominating paperwork but have yet to file their statements of organization are: Peter Gebauer, Claxton Lovin, Grant Quezada, Ferris Thompson, Kelly Thornton, Clayton Turpin, Joyce Van Walsum, and Harold Wise.
The statements of organization allow the prospective candidates to begin collecting the signatures they need in order to be listed on the ballot.
Scott said this year’s candidates will need to collect a minimum of 848 signatures (5 percent of the ballots cast in the previous election) and a maximum of 1,696 signatures (10 percent of the ballots cast).
The first day to file the completed petitions is April 29, and the deadline for petitions is May 29.
The city primary is set for Aug. 27, while the General Election is set for Nov. 5. Candidates who receive a 50-percent-plus-one majority during the primary are elected outright, and the undecided seats go on to a runoff in the General Election.
Ballots for the August primary will be mailed out to Prescott’s registered voters in early August.