Tue, April 07

Write-in candidates for council make Aug. 30 ballot

VERDE VALLEY - According to the Yavapai County Recorder's Office, voters have one additional write-in choice for council in Clarkdale and two additional write-in choices for council in Jerome during the Aug. 30 primary election.

Write-in candidate Tommy Nester joins incumbents Scott Buckley and Richard Dehnert in running for two open seats on the Town of Clarkdale Council.

Meanwhile, write-in candidates Dwain Dement and Jay Kinsella make it a total of six candidates running for five available Town of Jerome Council seats. The two are joined by candidates Hunter Bachrach, incumbent Mayor Lew Currier and incumbent Council members Christina "Alex" Barber and Frank Vander Horst.

Jerome council terms are two years in length, with the position of Mayor granted to the candidate earning the most votes. Clarkdale mayor and council seats are up for election every four years, with current Mayor Doug Von Gausig running unopposed for his fourth term.

According to the county recorder, "A list of write-in candidates is not sent with the early or vote by mail ballots and it is up to the candidate to advertise their candidacy."

In addition, "Write-in candidates are required to form a committee, file a nomination paper and a Financial Disclosure Statement (if applicable). Only candidates who file before the deadline (40 days prior to election) will be considered official write-in candidates. Only official write-in candidates will have their names posted in the Vote Centers and have any votes cast for them counted."

Aug. 19 is the last day to request an early ballot by mail, Aug. 26 is the last day to vote early in person and Aug. 30 is the primary election, according to the recorder's office.

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