Dealine passes for candidates to file for city election

One candidate for mayor and five candidates for three council seats qualified for the city elections by the Wednesday afternoon deadline.

Mayor Les Byram and council candidates Michael Hrober, Raymond Lyons, Homer Johnston, Phil Moon and Jim Baker filed for office.

Candidates for mayor or city council had until 5 p.m.

Wednesday to file papers and signature petitions with the city clerk's office at 310 N.

Fourth St.

Those who qualified will have their names listed on the March 12 ballot.

To qualify, a candidate must have submitted between 68 and 136 valid signatures of registered voters living in the city to the city clerk prior to Wednesday's deadline, said City Clerk Charlene Ware.

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

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 prior to election day.

The first candidate to file for the council was Raymond Lyons.

He is completing a term on the Kingman Planning and Zoning Commission.

Mike Hrober, a downtown barber, and Jim Baker, a local gas station owner, had filed the necessary papers by Dec.

7 to qualify for the city council election.

Hrober has been a resident of Kingman for 24 years and operates a downtown barbershop.

He has filed for both mayor and council elections previously.

Jim Baker is a member of the school board and director of Mohave State Bank.

Besides his gas station, Baker has an interest in the Ft.

Beale RV park downtown and owns rental property in Kingman.

Phil Moon, incumbent councilman and Kingman businessman, filed qualifying signatures Monday.

Moon was appointed to the council in 1996 to complete the term of Larry Butler, now Kingman Police Chief.

Moon was elected to a full term in 1998.

Homer Johnston has filed the signatures for his third consecutive term.

He first served from 1970 to1975 and was vice mayor in 1974 and 1975.

Johnston is vice mayor.

Mayor Les Byram has filed for reelection and qualified for the ballot for a fourth two-year term 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.

Election dates for the mayor and three council posts were set by the Kingman City Council according to state election laws.

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.