Planning commissioner becomes first candidate to file for City Council seat

The first candidate to file signatures and other paperwork to qualify for the upcoming Kingman City Council elections was Raymond Lyons.

To qualify, a candidate must submit between 68 and 136 valid signatures to the City Clerk at 301 N.

Fourth St.

before 5 p.m.

Dec.

12, City Clerk Charlene Ware said.

Lyons currently serves on the Planning and Zoning Commission and lives on Hillcrest Drive.

Mayor Les Byram has also filed for re-election with petitions containing 136 signatures.

Byram was first elected as mayor in 1996 and is serving his third two-year term.

He was on the City Council from 1992 to 1996 and vice mayor from 1994 to 1996.

Byram ran unopposed in the 2000 election.

According to the city clerk's office, no one has picked up the necessary paperwork to qualify as a candidate for mayor except Byram.

Election dates for the mayor and three council members were set at the last Kingman City Council meeting.

The two-year term of Mayor Les Byram and the four-year terms of councilmen Phil Moon, Tom Spear and Homer Johnston, who also serves as vice mayor, expire in 2002.

Anyone interested in running can pick up petition forms at City Hall and can call 753-8335 with any questions.

Petitions with at least 68 valid signatures of registered voters who live in the city are due Dec.

12.

The election date is March 12 with a runoff May 21 for candidates not receiving a majority of the ballots cast.

Ware said the dates for qualification were set earlier this year because of the rules for early voting and the increasing number of voters who vote early.