Six Candidates File for City Election

2 candidates for Mayor and 4 City Council candidates have met May 30 deadline for paperwork

By Bill Van Nimwegen

Two candidates for Apache Junction mayor and four city council hopefuls have turned in the required paperwork to the Apache Junction city clerk’s office. The deadline was at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30. The election will be held August 28, 2018.

In the race for Mayor, incumbent Jeff Serdy filed with 333 nominating signatures and Councilman Dave Waldron turned in 313 signatures with his paperwork. At least 232 certified voter signatures are required to qualify for the ballot.

Two mayoral hopefuls who had pulled packets but did not make the deadline are Elliot Fisher and Jeff Barlett.

Vying for three open City Council seats are incumbents Christa Rizzi (287 nominating signatures) and Gail Evans (248 signatures). Other challengers include Robert Schroeder (279) and Walker Waldie (274). Dirk Begeman had pulled a packet but did not make the deadline.

The completed packets have not yet been certified by the City Clerk and may change accordingly.

The last day to register to vote in the August 28 election is Monday, July 30. Military and overseas registered voters ballots will be mailed on July 14. Early ballots are mailed to the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) and absentee voters; early in-person voting begins at Recorder’s Office locations on August 1.

The News plans a special election edition before the August election to introduce the candidates with their views and backgrounds.

Along with the mayor and council races, the August 28 ballot will ask voters if they do or do not approve a permanent base adjustment budget. If approved, the new adjustment would be $5.5 million and the city’s budget could rise as high as $93 million. The city would use the increase to possibly fund water, sewer, trash or transit services. Arguments for and against the proposed base adjustment will be mailed to registered voters.

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