By Naomi Hatch
Four men are seeking election to one of two open seats on the Snowflake Town Council, including Councilmen Stuart Hensley and Tom Poscharsky, Jeff Brimhall and Roger Morgan.
The town’s general election will be held on Tuesday, May 21. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Snowflake Social Hall.
Following are statements provided by the candidates.
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 councilman 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.
Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to be appointed to the Snowflake Town Council. It’s been an eye opener, and an opportunity to learn more about a community I love and support. It’s amazing to me how each month we are given such important topics and decisions that affect so many. And yet so few turn out to vote? In the last primary election our Snowflake community only had a 10 percent turnout. I encourage each of you to come out and vote for the representatives that you feel can help our community prosper; retain our values and those who are willing to look to our future.
Snowflake isn’t just a retirement community, our children deserve an opportunity to live and grow up here. Navajo County unemployment is currently at 15.2 percent. Snowflake and Taylor communities are at the heart of that with the paper mill and several other businesses closing their doors. We must work together to support what we still have and look forward to opportunities that are coming.
Thank you for your vote; I look forward to continue serving. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
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 led 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.
By Naomi Hatch