Mon, Feb. 24

Ballot grows for Clarkdale's primary election

The number of candidates for the Clarkdale primary election is increasing. The ballot will now have one more write-in candidate to run against Vice Mayor Jerry Wiley and Curt Bohall.

Clarkdale resident Greta Schiegg filed her paperwork on Wednesday to become an official write-in candidate along with Bohall. Wiley's name will appear on the ballot.

There are two council seats open for the upcoming election. Tim Wills and Vice Mayor Jerry Wiley are currently serving terms that expire in June.

Schiegg has been a resident of the Verde Valley on and off for 23 years. She attended Clarkdale-Jerome School where her daughter goes now. She was the youngest EMT, firefighter and CPR instructor at the Sedona Fire Department when she was 19. She contributed to the community through the fire department for four years.

"I am most interested in structured growth with community preservation," said Schiegg. "We need a fine balance with everyone in mind."

She added that she is also interested in having land available for public use. Schiegg, 33, has been a manager at a ladies boutique store in Sedona and was the executive personnel administrator at L'Auberge de Sedona.

Bohall has been a planning commissioner for the Town of Clarkdale since September 2004. He has lived in Clarkdale for 14 years and the Verde Valley since 1985.

After retiring from the Navy in 1972, Bohall worked for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. He has also worked in Jerome and part-time at Bent River Machine in Clarkdale.

Wiley is a long-term member of the council. He was mayor of Clarkdale from 1994 to 1996 and has served on the water conservation group, Northern Arizona Council of Governments and the Board of Adjustment. He was born in Minnesota and has served in the Army Air Corp. He moved to Clarkdale in 1985 after retiring as a manager of a specialty gas plant.

The deadline for filing papers to become a write-in candidate was Thursday. Write-in candidates will not be counted unless the Town of Clarkdale has papers that match the name.

Primary Election day is March 14. All Ballots are mail-in ballots and will be sent out Feb. 20.

The last day to register to vote is Feb. 14.

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