Four residents of Wickenburg have added their names to the growing list of Town Council candidates, which is now at seven for Council and two for mayor.
Barbara Luther, Becky Rovey, Kristi Henson, and Ed Messer pulled packets and signed statements of interest with Town Clerk Amy Brown. They join three who pulled and signed earlier: Nohl Rosen, Margaret Nyberg, and Nash Oliver.
Three council seats are up for election this year, and Vice Mayor Royce Kardinal and councilmembers Kelly Blunt and Sam Crissman have each declined to run for re-election.
Current Mayor Rui Pereira and Patty Sickles have each pulled packets and signed statements for mayor.
All the candidates had an opportunity to answer the question “Why do you want to be on Town Council (or mayor of Wickenburg)?” Here are the responses:
Mayor Rui Pereira: “I have called Wickenburg home for 25 years and being mayor has been an honor and a privilege. I have decided to run for mayor in the upcoming election because I believe I have made a difference since taking office and I will continue to work hard to help move our community forward while maintaining our small-town atmosphere and protecting our Western Heritage.”
Patty Sickles: “My husband and I have lived in Wickenburg since 1999. I am running for mayor to restore fiscally conservative spending and priorities, and to bring more transparency to the running of our government. I want to hold regular Town Hall meetings where citizens can share their concerns and ideas. In addition, I would welcome input from those with professional experience in different fields, which could enlighten our Town council decisions.”
Nash Oliver: “I want to see the small town I grew up with here my whole life. I have seen things changed. I have five kids, and I want them to grow up here and live. I don’t want my children to have to leave. I want them to have the Wickenburg small-town culture.”
Barbara Luther: “Having recently retired from being a small-business owner and working with a variety of industries, I would appreciate the new opportunity to help the Town of Wickenburg and to use my experience and analytical skills. I enjoy reading and teaming with others to bring about solutions.”
Kristi Henson: “I humbly served on Town Council 16-plus years ago. My fellow council members and I worked together and got a lot accomplished for this community. I felt I grew as a person the more I gave of my time. I have stayed involved locally and regionally over the past 16-plus years, and now that my children have grown and gone and my husband is now retired, I know there is more work to be done in our community. I have more time to give of myself, and more practical experience to share, to better prepare our town for the future. I am looking forward to challenges the future has in store for Wickenburg.”
Ed Messer: “I am running for a position on Town Council because I can offer the experience and leadership Wickenburg will need to preserve its culture and values, while providing guidance as we address the changing needs of our community. When I look at the essence of our town, I see tremendous opportunity. Wickenburg is a destination with a unique and attractive identity worthy of protection. Those who have led before us have built a solid pathway, now it’s time for us to pave it for the future. I know there are many points of view that demand to be equally heard, as they should be, yet I prefer the focus to be on ‘us’ instead of ‘me.’ This means I will represent all of Wickenburg and lead with a common sense and practical vision, of not only what we are, but what we can become.”
Becky Rovey: “With the opening of three seats on the Town Council, it’s an opportune time to give back to the community through public service and sound leadership in continuing to make Wickenburg a prosperous and viable community to live in now and for future generations while maintaining its unique Western Heritage.”
Candidate Nohl Rosen declined to be included for this story, and candidate Margaret Nyberg did not provide an answer.
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 will 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.