Mayor, 3 council seats on March ballot

City voters will have choices in competitive races for mayor and council positions in the March Kingman elections.

Kingman city residents would choose from three candidates for mayor and seven candidates for three council seats at the March 9, 2004 primary elections.

Candidates were required to file financial reports and qualifying signature petitions in the Kingman City clerk's office by 5 p.m.

Wednesday.

"Petitions were filed for the mayor's position by Les Byram, Monica Gates and Frank McVey," said Charlene Ware, city clerk.

"Signatures will need to be checked to see that enough registered voters who live in the city are included."

The seven candidates who filed petitions for the three common council seats were Dave French, Herberta Schroeder, Michael Schoeff, Tom Carter, Tom Spear, Richard Glancy and Matthew Hreha.

Three council candidates are elected to four-year terms each two years; the mayor is elected to a two-year term.

Mayor Les Byram is seeking his fifth term as mayor of Kingman.

He ws first elected in 1996 and would complete his current term in June 2004.

He was elected to the City Council in 1992 and served a term as vice mayor in 1994.

He has run unopposed the last three times.

"I still enjoy representing the people of Kingman," he said.

Two current city council members chose to challenge Byram for mayor rather than run for re-election.

Councilwoman Monica Gates said Kingman is growing and changing rapidly and new formulas and strategies are needed.

She said it was difficult to give up a rewarding seat on the council but she could have more impact as mayor.

"We are already out of balance between growth and infrastructure," Gates said.

"Leadership should be looking at what Kingman can do and not find reasons why something cannot be done."

Councilman Frank McVey also gave up a chance to defend his council seat to challenge Byram for mayor.

"I have competed all my life and I look forward to the campaign for mayor," he said.

McVey has been an activist in Kingman and Mohave County politics for years including a fight to keep a chemical plant out of the Kingman Airport Industrial Park.

He was one of two council members who opposed the rezoning for the Wal-Mart super center.

Dave French is the only incumbent council member running for re-election this year.

He was appointed to the council and served about a year before winning a four-year term in 2000.

He is active on the Kingman Regional Medical Center board and with the Kingman Airport Authority.

French manages Mohave Cellular.

Tom Spear left the city council when his term expired in 2002.

He has been active as executive director of the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, the 66 Fun Run, tourism promotion and the Powerhouse.

Spear chaired the committee to recall council members Frank McVey and Ray Lyons after they opposed the rezoning for Wal-Mart.

Spear is owner-manager of the Great Western Kings Inn and Suites.

Herberta Schroeder was one of the first to qualify for a council seat.

She has been active in Route 66 promotion.

The Schroeder's own and operate the Hill Top Motel on Andy Devine Avenue.

She chaired the effort to recall Byram and five council members who voted for the Wal-Mart rezoning.

Michael Schoeff completes six years on the Kingman Planning and Zoning Commission this month and has chaired the commission.

The P and Z members recommended denial of the first Wal-Mart rezoning 7 to 0.

Schoeff is manager of the Goodyear aircraft tire plant at the Kingman Airport Industrial Park.

Tom Carter served two terms with the Kingman Planning and Zoning Commission and was chairman when his term expired last December.

He was the economic developer for Kingman 2005 at the airport before leaving to work with Long Mountain Development and Dr.

John Lingenfelter.

Carter has been active in the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce and the Kingsmen Rodeo and Andy Devine Days.

Matthew Hreha is a civics teacher and coach at Kingman High School North and lives in the Fairgrounds area where citizens have experienced flooding for many years.

Richard Glancy, retired from Edison's Laughlin facility, and active in local politics, is the seventh candidate to file for the Kingman council.

Glancy was part of the Total Recall group to recall Byram and five council members who voted to approve Wal-Mart zoning.

He lists retirement income and Kingman real estate holdings on his filing statement.

Glancy is president of the Kingman Area Democrat Club.

Any candidate who receives one more than half the votes cast for the office at the March 9 primary would be declared elected, Ware said.

Ware, as the city clerk, is the elections officer for the city.

A general election is scheduled for May 18, 2004.

Two candidates would be selected from the primary ballot for each open office for the May 18 election.

For example, if 1,000 votes were cast March 9 in the three-way race for mayor, any candidate receiving 501 or more votes would be declared the winner.

If none of the three reached that total, the two with the most votes would be in the May 18 runoff.