Sun, Dec. 15

Council, mayoral elections for Jerome, Clarkdale
Candidate packets now available

VERDE VALLEY - Both Jerome and Clarkdale have council and mayoral elections coming up. The primary election will be held March 13, and the general election will be May 15.

In Jerome all five, two-year council seats are up for election.

Town Manager Candace Gallagher explained how the process works in Jerome.

"The five candidates that receive the most votes are deemed to be elected at the primary," Gallagher said.

But to win outright in the primary a candidate for council in Jerome must receive more than one half of the votes cast.

"If less than five are elected at the primary, the contest would continue to the May election," she said.

"The mayor is not elected directly," Gallagher said, "but appointed by the council after the election. The candidate receiving the most votes has traditionally been appointed as mayor."

Candidate packets are now available at Jerome Town Hall at 600 Clark St. The deadline for filing in Jerome will be 5 p.m. Dec. 14.

"Candidates must be qualified to vote, be at least 18 years of age, and must reside in Jerome for at least one year," Gallagher said. "At least 17 signatures are needed on the petitions."

In Clarkdale, the position of mayor and two council seats will be on the ballot, all of which hold four-year terms.

"In addition to Mayor Von Gausig's seat, the two council members seats that are up for election are Vice Mayor Richard Dehnert and council member Pat Williams," said Gayle Mabery, town manager.

Candidate packets are available and may be picked up Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall located at 39 N. Ninth St.

Candidates in Clarkdale must file a Political Committee Statement of Organization or a $500 Threshold Exemption Statement with the town clerk before receiving or expending money, circulating nomination petitions or distributing campaign literature.

Candidate packets must be returned to the town clerk by Dec. 14.

Any candidate who receives a majority of all ballots cast in the primary election will win outright. For seats not filled during the primary, the contest will continue to the general election.

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