Off and running

Four candidates for Cottonwood council -- three for mayor

The deadline has now passed to run for Cottonwood City Council, and the race is on.

By Thursday's deadline, Terence Pratt filed paperwork with the city clerk to be the last official write-in candidate to throw his hat in the ring.

Heading into the March Primary Election for three council seats will be candidates Pratt, John Altizer, Ron Hollis and Duane Kirby. Altizer, along with Pratt, will be official write-in candidates, while Hollis and Kirby's names will appear on the ballot.

The race for mayor will include Council member Diane Joens, Vice Mayor Randy Lowe and current Mayor Ruben Jauregui.

"With three sitting council members running for mayor, there's a pretty large turnover for city council this year," City Manager Brian Mickelsen told the Verde Independent earlier.

Signs are up, Web sites have been created, rallies are scheduled.

Candidates have about a month and a half to show Cottonwood residents why they would be the next best councilman or mayor -- or in Jauregui's case, why he should remain in the top seat.

Primary Election Day is March 13.

Voters have until Feb. 12 to register to vote in the Primary Election and April 16 to register to vote in the General. Voter registration forms are available at City hall, Cottonwood Public Library, Cottonwood Post Office and the Yavapai County Annex.

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