By Shawn Byrne
Wickenburg Mayor Rui Pereira is running for reelection. Last week, he completed a “Statement of Interest” and pulled a nomination packet to begin the election process.
Pereira became mayor June 17, 2019, after defeating former Mayor Everett Sickles in the May 21, 2019, recall election.
Pereira joins Sickles’ wife, Patty Sickles, as those who have submitted statements for the 2020 election.
Three council seats are up for election this year as well. Vice Mayor Royce Kardinal and councilmembers Kelly Blunt and Sam Crissman are each declining to run for reelection.
Wickenburg residents Nohl Rosen, Nash Oliver and Margaret Nyberg have submitted statements and pulled nomination packets to be on this year’s ballot.
Potential candidates for both mayor and council seats have until April 6 to turn in between 132 and 263 signatures on the candidacy petitions. The Town Clerk and county elections offices then verify the signatures.
Arizona’s Primary Election is Aug. 4, and Nov. 3 is the General Election. Voters need to be registered by July to be qualified to vote in the Primary, and by Oct. 5 to be eligible for the General.
The new mayor and Council will be seated Dec. 7.