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The ballots for the current Sedona election have been mailed and all residents now have the chance to show what the “real” majority stands for in this community.

I must admit, this has been by far the most contentious election on record. The threats, harassment and blatant lies have been done at a level none of us had ever seen before in Sedona.

These came about mainly due to the two major issues that seem to dominate the conversation during this election: the lights on State Route 89A in West Sedona and the creation of a National Scenic Area designation for our area.

These are not the reasons you should choose certain candidates. We must remember that the real focus should be on choosing people who can work out their differences and do what is best for Sedona in the upcoming years.

These two topics are a mere blip into what this city faces in the future. We need to elect council members who reflect a good outlook on all the issues facing us and to try to elect people that are not polarizing and can work well with one another.

It is for these reasons that I recommend Dan Surber for two-year term City Council. Surber has shown he can try to work with others and will not stand up in a meeting and yell at the council, “We will get you,” as the other candidate did.

I also encourage you to vote for Barbara Litrell, Nancy Scagnelli and Mike Ward for the four-year terms. I have seen these folks interact with people at the forums and have come away with a positive feeling from each of them.

They do not have the same ideas on all the issues and that is a good thing. The three seem to be willing to work with “the other side” and don’t have any hidden agendas that seem to plague various councils in Sedona.

Jeffrey Siet is a nice person, but lacks a lot of knowledge and experience in the area. I encourage him to run again in two more years. Dan McIlroy seems like he is qualified, but I have issues with his attacks on the city regarding its finances. In reality our city is doing a lot better than many others of its size in Arizona.

I have also chosen these people because I think it would create a good balance of ideas on the council. I am not a big fan of Political Action Committees on the local level. I feel these are only necessary in state and national elections.

The people I have recommended for council would offer some good insight between one another and hopefully come up with some means of helping the city resolve the financial issues that it faces.

With the council being balanced like I have shown, I feel it is necessary to have a mayor that can work with others in a positive way.

This is my major reason for supporting Jerry Frey for mayor. I have nothing against Rob Adams personally. However, I do feel he has been very one-sided on many issues and his voting record has shown that he doesn’t play well with others.

With all the election nonsense that we had in this election, I would have expected to see Mayor Adams step up and call for an end to all the animosity that has been running through our city.

I feel we need to have someone as mayor who will work hard at keeping all residents involved and appreciated.


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  • "I must admit, this has been by far the most contentious election on record. The threats, harassment and blatant lies have been done at a level none of us had ever seen before in Sedona".<br /><br />You obviously missed the November 2009 elections of the Sedona Fire District Board members. There were enough lies, harassment and threats spread around by the two winners of that election to last a life-time. To bad these two are still up to those same old tricks and we are letting them get away with it!

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