Everett has “all the
right qualities” for Congress
by Ivan Finley
On January 8th, Mayor Alan Everett became Former Mayor
Everett when he resigned his seat on the Sedona City Council
to run for congress in the newly created District One congressional
has served Sedona well for the last 5-1/2 years. Under his
leadership we have seen many accomplishments that have improved
the quality of life for Sedona residents.
Among them is the completed upgrade of the waste-water
plant, continuation of the installation of sewer service,
the addition of several traffic lights at intersections, and
re-aligning streets where necessary. He led the effort to
help the Sedona Main Street Program’s traffic concerns by
acquiring the land necessary and building a much needed parking
lot in Old Town Sedona. He has been a leader and a listener.
Sedona will miss him greatly.
He and his wife Marla have taken on a very large task.
District One is huge, the largest in the state of Arizona.
It includes almost all of Northern Arizona, including the
cities of Sedona, Prescott, Flagstaff, Williams, Winslow,
Kingman and many others. The task of visiting all the areas
and getting elected is gigantic.
Everett has shown that he has all the right qualities
to provide the leadership for such a large and diverse district.
We all want to wish him well and help get him elected to this
very important opportunity to continue to represent us at
a much higher level.
Everett has played a very active roll in the Republican
party in Arizona and will be a candidate for the Republican
Party for this seat.
SEDONA’S FIRST ALL
MAIL IN ELECTION
If the Sedona Primary Election, scheduled for March
12, 2002, follows the pattern established in other Northern
Arizona communities, we could have more than 65% of Sedona’s
registered voters mailing in their ballots.
This means that we could have about 4,500 voters. (MAYBE
WE WILL FINALLY HEAR FROM THE SILENT MAJORITY).
Like the 2000 election, we have seven candidates running,
only this time it is for three seats, not four. Listed in
alphabetical order they are: John Bradshaw, local business
man; Allen Bradley, incumbent; Dick Ellis, former planning
and zoning commissioner; Sharon Nagy, business woman; Susan
Solomon, consultant; Ernie Strauch, retired; and George Tice,
No matter who is elected, they must remember
that they have to represent every citizen of Sedona. Every
thought and action must be aimed at the betterment of our
"quality of life". As our elected officials, they
are charged with ensuring our HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE.
What should you look for in deciding whom to vote for?
Their ability to know the issues and their ideas for
Their ability to listen, even to opposing views.
Their ability to treat each other with respect.
Most of the candidates have already started their campaigns
and you have read about them or heard them speak. It is very
important for you to be comfortable with your choice, you
will have to live with them for the next four years.
My worst fear is that this election will be about one
issue, Highway 179. There are many issues that will affect
Sedona and our future that have much more impact than a road.
Remember, the final authority over State Highway 179 is not
the Sedona City Council.
We are blessed by being surrounded by Forest Service
Every City Council since our incorporation has passed
resolutions stating that there should be no more forest service
trades for private development. So far, the Forest Service
has honored that, but the new council should not let up.
It can’t happen in the city limits of Sedona, but watch
out between here and Cottonwood. The State Land Department
controls the future of almost 12 square miles, that is almost
The State of Arizona can and has sold State Land in
the past for the benefit of education (it has to go for that),
and it could sell all or part of that 12 square miles.
NOW FOR THE SCARY PART, Yavapai County in their impeccable
wisdom, is working on a plan, brought on by the State Growing
Smarter program, that could change the zoning on a major part
of the entire county to a 10-acre minimum. If the entire 12
square miles of State Land was sold for private development
with a 10-acre minimum, there could be 768 homes between here
and Cottonwood with dirt roads.
That would be urban sprawl. NOW WOULDN’T THAT BE LOVELY?
The Sedona City Council has no authority in that area, but
by working with the other communities and the state, we must
see that this never happens.
This one should have a high priority. Finishing this
ambitious and much needed project will have positive long
reaching affects on the citizens of Sedona and put us well
into improving our QUALITY OF LIFE. This one is also on the
ballot. Please vote for it.
Almost 10 years ago, I ran for City Council and that was
one of my priorities. We signed an agreement with APS to do
it, but it has taken more than 10 years to really get started
and show some real progress. So just because you get elected
does not mean you will get good things done in a hurry, so
ARE YOU REGISTERED
You have already received a card from the City telling
you what will happen. The City is trying to clean the voter
rolls and to be sure everyone who is registered to vote receives
the mail-in ballot.
You will probably receive your ballot about February
18th. You can vote and send in your ballot any time after
that. If you don’t receive your ballot, check with City Hall.