Just the Beginning!

Keith Walker and Carole Young were elected to the two remaining seats on City Council Tuesday night.

Keith Walker and Carole Young were elected to the two remaining seats on City Council Tuesday night.

I am very pleased with the outcome of the City Council election Tuesday, May 20. Congratulations to Carole Young and Keith Walker. We are going to have a very balanced Council. Here is my take on the members who will be in office as of June 2, 2008:

I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours speaking with Ray Lyons last week about both past and future councils. Ray has a very temperate demeanor, a moderate viewpoint of issues and a logical thought process. He also will exercise common sense. I like Ray, and I think I will be able to work very well with him.

I have developed good relationships with the three ladies of the Council. Robin Gordon and I have known each other for years. She is incredibly intelligent, she has a passion for doing the right thing and I believe the public will find her point of view enlightening. There is a good reason why she was voters' first choice in the primary election. She will be a very valuable ally.

Over the past six months, I have been very impressed by Carole Young. She has a vast knowledge of management and finance. After talking with her on numerous occasions, I can assure the public that she knows her business. Along with Janet Watson, Robin and Carole will do their homework before taking a stance.

Which brings me to Janet Watson. Of all of the Council members, it's my opinion that Janet is the most qualified. She has served this community well for many years, as an educator and a member of numerous boards and commissions. She brings a very powerful voice to the Council, and I believe she will be the anchor with respect to good judgment in the decision-making process. She and her husband have enjoyed great success in business in the Kingman area over the years.

I am going to rely on Kerry Deering for his leadership. He is very detail-oriented, he thinks of the consequences of Council decisions and he is never afraid to speak up when there is a difference of opinions. Once again, Kerry will bring balance to our Council, and I am looking forward to working with him.

Keith Walker and I have been great friends for the last 15 years. I have known his folks and his brother since I moved to Kingman. He and I started out in business about the same time. We also served together, along with his wife, Mindy, for a few years with the Kingman Jaycees. Keith and I formed a life-long bond. He is loyal friend and his heart is always in the right place.

Six business people and one dedicated public servant now make up this Council. We are so fortunate to have a Council with this kind of balance. I am proud to be able to count myself among such an esteemed group of successful and positive people. I can see they have a great vision for Kingman.

On a side note, the outcome does not reflect the hard work and earnest efforts made by Travin Pennington and Craig Schritter during this long and arduous campaign. These two fine people deserve accolades for their dedication to this community. I am proud to call both of them my friends, and I hope they will continue to be active in this community.

I also have to make a comment about the Home Rule Option. To the voters of Kingman: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I am truly grateful for the confidence you place in us (staff and elected officials) to be good stewards of the treasury. It is such a great comfort to know that we will be able to get started when we are financially sound. These are tough times. Our burden will be vastly reduced because of the passing of this measure.

Kudos to Kingman.

John Salem

Mayor-elect