By Tammy Gray
The City of Holbrook’s general election will be held Tuesday, May 19, and a single council seat will be filled. Candidates Tim Dixon and David Newlin are vying for the final spot on the council.
Polling will take place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 19 at city hall. Early voting is already underway and will continue through Friday, May 15.
Three positions on the city council, as well as the mayor’s seat, were up for election this cycle. Mayor Jeff Hill and Councilmen Charles Haussman and Phil Cobb chose not to seek re-election. Councilman Bobby Tyler ran for mayor, and was elected, leaving his council seat vacant. During the primary election, candidates C.J. Wischmann and Francie Payne both received enough votes to be elected outright, leaving one position contested in the general election.
The Tribune-News invited Dixon and Newlin to submit written statements highlighting their election platform. Those statements follow.
I want to again thank everyone for your support to elect me as your city council member. I am truly humbled by the amount of support that I have.
I also want to take this opportunity to let you know what I would do once in office. I believe that Holbrook is a great place to live and to raise our families. Holbrook was once a center of commerce and activity. We need to restore that centrality, but with a 21st century flair.
I look around the city and I see many businesses and residents that care about Holbrook. I see this in the way they take care of their property. I also see how the city can improve its infrastructure. We must bring Holbrook into the 21st century. We must make Holbrook an attractive place where people not only want to live, but a city where new business wants to come.
When someone drives through Holbrook I want them to say, “Wow” and stop to enjoy our city, and of course, spend money here. However, I don’t think that we are there yet. We as a city have much work to do in order to attract new business and to grow our community.
It’s not just about attracting businesses and new people to Holbrook. We as citizens deserve a beautiful, thriving community. You deserve to go to your parks and schools and never see graffiti or sidewalks and roads that are crumbling.
Once we bring Holbrook to a place where she is beautiful then we will pursue the businesses that will help prosper and grow this great city.
I also need your help. I am going to office for you. Therefore I want your input. Please send your ideas to me at email@example.com. Please keep your suggestions pithy and also please be constructive. Let’s all make Holbrook a better place for all of us. Thank you.
Originally from Tucson, I came to the area with my dad in Taylor. I attended Snowflake High School in the early ‘80s. After high school I joined the United States Navy, where I served aboard the USS Peleliu, where I built aircraft bombs and rockets and loaded them on the bellies of AV-8A Harrier attack jets and Cobra attack helicopters.
After four years in the Navy, I decided to go back home to pursue a career in law enforcement. After graduating from the police academy in 1987 I served the communities of Snowflake and Taylor for four years before coming to serve Holbrook in 1991.
My work with the Holbrook Police Department was rewarding and fulfilling. It was the people of Holbrook that I served for more than 21 years that made working here so wonderful. I retired from the Holbrook Police Department in 2013 and now serve as a bus driver for the Holbrook Unified School District.
Holbrook has not kept pace with the region or the state in terms of good jobs and population growth.
The city needs to leverage its natural resources of water, climate, road, air and rail transportation, central location and attractively-priced land to attract industry, better jobs, and rooftops (families).
Holbrook is behind our sister communities in Navajo County and needs to catch up. This can only be done by aggressively marketing the natural advantages that we enjoy–more than anyone else in the area. The older residents know what Holbrook used to be.
The recession of 2007-2008 deeply affected northeastern Arizona. Jobs are the critical issue. The tourism and hospitality industries have been a focus for many years. These need to be expanded. The relationship with the Petrified Forest National Park is important. Northland Pioneer College is important.
Our youth have no place to work when they graduate. Our city needs more jobs, more families and more rooftops. These will lead to improved retail opportunities. We owe our children, families and friends a better Holbrook.
Working together for the good of community is important. Working relationships are important, but very much secondary to common, attainable community goals. The council must lead out. Jobs should be at the top of the list.
David M. Newlin is serving as the manager for the Little Colorado River Plateau RC&D, a natural resource based non-profit. He is a fourth-generation Arizonan and was raised in Tucson.
David is a graduate of San Manuel High School, a former exchange student to El Salvador, a graduate of the University of Arizona, and attended graduate school at Brigham Young University and Northern Arizona University. He is an Army veteran, and the transportation and traffic industry in El Paso, including work for Mexican firms, where he developed fluent Spanish language skills. He served as the town manager in Duncan and Clifton before taking the position of city manager in Holbrook.
Mr. Newlin has lived throughout the state, including Flagstaff, Tucson, Safford, Winslow and Yuma. He is an active member of the Arizona Association for Economic Development, the RealAZ Corridor and Arizona Town Hall, the Holbrook Chamber and Historical Society.
David is married to Judy, a retired nurse. They are raising two grandchildren who attend the Holbrook public schools. They live in a restored 1940s art deco home along with their cat and two rescue dogs, Lulabelle, a grey pit bull, and Kandi, a chihuahua.