15 potential candidates vying for city council
With one more week until potential candidates for five city elected positions can start turning in their signed nomination petitions, one more person has expressed interest in running.
Jacob Miller, a previous candidate for Yuma County supervisor, is the latest to take out a nomination packet for one of the three open seats on the Yuma City Council.
He joins incumbent Paul Johnson as well as Keith C. Parsels, Gary Knight, Lukas Abplanalp, Todd A. Mattern, William Craft, Jonny Awesum, Michael R. Biever, M. Renee Huff, Gary Wright, Devin Kibler, Robert Kammann, Mauro Daniel Sanchez and Richard Budone.
To date, Johnson is the only council incumbent to take out a packet to seek re-election. Councilman Jerry Stuart said he will not be seeking re-election. Councilwoman Bobbi Lewis has not said publicly what her plans are.
In addition to the three council seats, the positions of mayor and presiding municipal judge also are up for election this year.
To date, the three potential candidates for the mayor's position are Douglas Nicholls, a Yuma businessman who served on the Yuma City Council in the latter half of 2009 to complete a vacated position; community activist and frequent candidate Jack Kretzer; and former councilman Raul Mendoza. Larry Picula also had taken out a packet but said he won't be running.
Although he had taken out a nomination packet, incumbent Mayor Al Krieger later announced that he will not seek re-election after his four-year term expires at the end of this year.
Richard Gellar and James F. Coil have taken out packets for the presiding municipal judge position currently held by Douglas Stanley.
Stephen F. Madrill took out a packet but put down “undecided” on the position he is seeking. He could not be reached for further information.
On their nomination petitions, candidates need at least 238 signatures and no more than 396. Those signing petitions must be qualified voters in the city. April 29 is the first day that candidates can file nomination documents; the deadline is 5 p.m. May 29.
Those still interested in running can pick up a candidate nomination packet from the Office of the City Clerk on the first floor east side of Yuma City Hall, One City Plaza. More information is available at www.yumaaz.gov/elections or call the clerk's office at 373-5035.
The city's primary election will be Aug. 27 to nominate finalists for the five positions. The general election is Nov. 5.
Voters must register by July 29 for the primary election and by Oct. 7 for the general election. For more information about registering to vote, contact the Yuma County Recorder's Office.