Tue, Feb. 18

For voters, slim pickings in Clarkdale and Jerome

VERDE VALLEY - In a world of too many choices, one thing is certain: Voters in the towns of Clarkdale and Jerome are in little danger of information overload as they cast their ballots in the Aug. 30 primary election.

Out of five open council positions in Jerome, only four candidates are officially running: Incumbent Mayor Lew Currier, incumbent Council member Christina "Alex" Barber, incumbent Council member Frank Vander Horst and Hunter Bachrach.

Jerome council terms are two years in length, with the position of Mayor granted to the candidate earning the most votes.

Meanwhile, three Clarkdale candidates, all of whom are incumbents, are vying for three vacant positons.

Current Mayor Doug Von Gausig is running unopposed for his third term as mayor. Also returning are council members Scott Buckley and Richard Dehnert, who are running unopposed for their open council seats. This will be Buckley's second term and Dehnert's third term.

Clarkdale mayor and council seats are up for election every four years.

The race for mayor and council in the Town of Camp Verde may prove to be interesting, where two candidates are competing for mayor and five candidates are vying for three available council seats.

Newcomer David Boily is challenging incumbent Charlie German for the position of Camp Verde mayor.

Hoping to be re-elected to three-year terms on council are incumbents Carol German, Bruce George and Jessie Jones-Murdock. Also in the running are Buck Buchanan and Dee Jenkins.

In addition to electing town officials, voters will also decide the fate of a number of propositions.

In Clarkdale, a vote as to whether the Town may adjust its Permanent Base budget appears on the ballot. Jerome voters, on the other hand, will vote on whether to retain its present Home Rule budget.

Camp Verde voters are being asked to approve the town's 2016 General Plan, which guides the planning, use and development of town property over the next 10 years.

Important election dates

August 1 - Last day to register to vote

August 3 - Early voting begins

August 19 - Last day to request an early ballot by mail

August 26 - Last day to vote early in person

August 30 - Primary election

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