By Nick Worth
Three positions are open for election on the Holbrook City Council on March 12, 2013, and as of last Tuesday, only one completed candidate packet has been returned to City Clerk Cher Reyes.
According to Reyes, only Councilman Myron Maxwell, whose seat is one of the three up for election, has turned in his candidate packet.
Maxwell said he is seeking his second term as a city councilman.
“Holbrook is my town,” Maxwell said. “I’ve been here all my life and I have a business here that’s been good to me, so I feel I need to be involved in the community.
“It’s work. Sitting on the council is good work and you feel like you want to accomplish things,” Maxwell said. “I’m excited about the Petroglyph Park. I’m really excited to be a part of that project.”
The other two seats opening up on the council are those currently held by Councilmen Richard Peterson and Wade Carlisle. Reyes said both Peterson and Carlisle have taken out packets, though they have yet to re-turn them.
Carlisle is seeking re-election for a third term on the city council.
“I enjoy being part of the decision making process,” said Carlisle. “That’s why I ran in the first place.
“I have no axes to grind,” he said. “I want to move forward, conservatively, and spend the city’s money where it’s supposed to go.”
If Peterson is elected, it will be his third time sitting on the city council and his first full term. The first time he sat on the council, he was appointed to finish out the term of Kent Darris, following Darris’ resignation. Then he was appointed again in June 2011 to finish the term of Matt Searles. In this coming election, Peterson is running for his own council seat.
“There’s a lot coming up,” said Peterson. “I may have the opportunity to impact the potential growth of the city to make it a better place to live and work.”
In addition to the new industry locating in the area, Peterson also mentioned Petroglyph Park and Hidden Cove Golf Course as potential tourist draws that could help make Holbrook a tourist destination.
“There’s a lot to build on to make Holbrook a better place,” he said.
Reyes said no one else has asked for a candidate packet for the upcoming election.
Those wishing to run for a seat on the Holbrook City Council need to turn in a completed candidate packet to Reyes by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12.
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By Nick Worth