By Naomi Hatch
Seven men are vying for four four-year seats on the Snowflake Town Council, including Councilmen Kerry Ballard, Stuart Hensley and Tom Poscharsky, and Jeff Brimhall, Joseph Holland, Lynn Johnson and Roger Morgan. Vice Mayor Jason Whiting is the only candidate for a two-year term on the council.
Following are their candidate statements.Kerry Ballard
“I have enjoyed being on the town council, and working with the community and town staff to accomplish many good things for our community.
“The most important agenda items I want to work on for the next few years are: 1) fix potholes; and 2) even more important, now, is finding businesses that offer jobs to locate here. Too many of our citizens are having to go elsewhere to find employment. We are working with the potash companies which will bring in jobs. However, more are needed. As chairman of the Economic Development Committee, I am aware of interested businesses that we hope will come to our area.
“I am still involved with the Heritage Foundation, maintaining its homes. I enjoy being involved with the town on special days such as Ground Hog Day, Pioneer Day and the Twelve Days of Christmas.
“I appreciate your vote to re-elect me to the town council.”
“I have lived in the Snowflake/Taylor communities for the majority of my life. Thanks to all of the good hearted and hard working people of our community, I love this town and its people.
“As a member of this community I have felt the effects of how difficult it can be to stay here and rear my family. Many businesses have left our area, making it difficult to make a living. My desire as councilmen is to continue to support local businesses and encourage economic growth by making our area more business friendly, in hopes that present and future generations can continue to appreciate this community.
“Thank you for your support.”
“My intent for being on the Snowflake Town Council is to give service back to a community that I love and care for.
“My ancestors were some of the first people into this area and as they paved a way for future generations, they set high standards. They wanted a place for their children to have an opportunity to prosper, while being taught values of hard work, patriotism and faith. I hope that I have passed some of these values onto my children as well. I’m proud of our heritage and our community.
“I know that we can continue to make good decisions and provide opportunities for our area to grow and prosper. These are uncertain times, and while we struggle to make a living and keep our families close, our community is changing! Snowflake will be given new opportunities. These new industries to our area can provide sustainable jobs and an opportunity to carry on our traditions. We must be willing to investigate, listen and learn about these new opportunities.
“I look forward to continue serving and ask for your support in the spring election.”
“My wife and I moved our young family (now seven children) to Snowflake in 2007. From day one, we have loved every moment–we fell in love with the people and community, the small town atmosphere and the slower pace.
“Growing up, my father was the city attorney for Willcox (in southeast Arizona). I witnessed the often thankless hours, disharmony, and sometimes animosity that goes with service in a town council. However, I am also well aware of the joy that can come from serving the people and community you live in, know and love.
“Snowflake has undergone some recent setbacks. Without doubt, the biggest issue facing our citizenry is economic growth. Local leadership must be proactive in soliciting businesses that bring jobs and growth. I have a B.S. (degree) in business management from the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU and a law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU. My experience as a practicing attorney gives me a unique perspective on how to address matters facing our town. I understand that making a business-friendly atmosphere is integral to helping Snowflake thrive, and would be honored to serve on the Snowflake Town Council.”
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve this community. I have lived here the majority of my life and have an overwhelming interest in the success of this community. I have previously served as a town council member, and enjoyed my association with the members of the council and town employees, as well as the members of this community.
“I believe the importance of the voice of the people, and that those individuals that serve in government have an obligation to listen to and represent those people they have been elected to serve.
“I believe that the economy is the biggest issue we face in the nation and our community. I support our economic development committee and the local business.
“I will be a representative of the people, and will apply my experience as a member of this community and a businessman in the area to make wise decisions concerning this town and the surrounding communities.
“I would appreciate your vote and confidence in the coming election.”
“I’ve been asked by several of my friends just why I would want to run for Snowflake Town Council. The answer is I love this town and care very much about how it is run.
“Too many potential businesses seem to have ‘slipped away’ and I feel we can ill afford this to happen. Our kids, and all too often our friends, are forced to move away just because of the lack of employment. We must restructure our base program to make this town an attractive draw for new business. I know the economy is not what we want it to be, but this is what we have and must work with. It’s time to take action and make things happen for the better.
“All too many local businesses are closing their doors and it is up to all of us to do our part. We must shop local as much as we can. I’m sure if we do and work together, we will save what we have and build a better future for us and our families.
“Please vote for me and let me help.”
“My campaign’s emphasis is on JOBS ‘Jointly providing Opportunities for Businesses to Succeed.’
“I believe Snowflake has great potential to be the growth engine of Navajo and Apache counties. Snowflake is blessed with the natural resources and infrastructure for growth with the economic recovery now underway.
“My primary emphasis for the last four years on the town council of Snowflake has been economic development. Economic development takes time, but our efforts have lead to the planning stages for a substantial industrial park area just west of Snowflake.
“I fought hard to save the jobs at the paper mill. We have been successful in preserving the Apache Railroad from scrappers. I am diligently working to save it as an asset for the community for future growth.
“Potash has the greatest potential for significant job growth. I have spent well over a year working with the two major players. Great progress has been made. Construction jobs could start as early as this summer.
“The 4FRI contract awarded in May 2012 is a good first step, and I fully support it and the jobs it will bring to the community.
“I would appreciate your vote to continue these efforts. Thank you.”
“Thank you for the opportunity to serve on the Snowflake
“In the way of economic development we have developed relationships with business that are looking at the area to let them know we are here and open to bringing good jobs to the area. We have showed them our community and the great asset our people will be to them should they locate here. I talk and work with many business owners who are already in Snowflake and have worked to continue to support them so that they can keep their doors open.
“I have served in numerous areas that help me to understand the needs of our community such as Chamber president, Tourism president, Snowflake economic development, coached youth sports and NPC Foundation board.
“While times are tough I trust in Snowflake and its citizens. My wife and I moved home because we believe in Snowflake, and the opportunities and values it provides all of our families. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve you.”
The primary election will be held on Tuesday, March 12. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Social Hall on Center Street and First West. 2013 Lynn Johnson