Wed, April 08

12 candidates express interest in city council appointments

COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood City Council has a medium-sized agenda Tuesday night, including final approval of the new fiscal year budget, tentatively set at $73.1 million.

But the single issue that likely will attract the most attention is the selection of two candidates to fill the balance of two vacant terms.

The terms originally elected by Tim Elinski and Randy Garrison were declared vacant when both stepped down to run for a different office in the Aug. 30 primary. Elinski is running for mayor. Garrison is running for District. 3 Yavapai County Supervisor.

A dozen candidates have applied for the appointments, including four who are already official candidates in the Aug. 30 primary.

Declared City Primary candidates are social worker Jackie Nairn, construction manager Albert Hilberger, attorney Tosca Henry and Deb Althouse, a healthcare IT manager.

Those who will not be on the primary ballot, but have thrown their hat in for Tuesday's appointment are community organizer and retailer Cathy Ransom, former councilwoman Linda Norman, business owner Timothy Murphy, quality control and surgical tech Joseph Klida, former Cottonwood Administrative Assistant Kyla Allen; Maureen Jackson, Coconino County IT director, and former technical services manager in Multnomah, Oregon, and Police Officer Kent Hellman.

The Council will meet at 826 N. Main St., Cottonwood, beginning at 6 p.m.

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