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Even though some of their views may differ, their reasoning for running for mayor of Sedona is nearly the same.Mayoral candidates Sandra Moriarty and Cliff Hamilton hold an open meeting at the Sedona Public Library to listen to the public’s questions. Hamilton and Moriarty expressed their views on bettering city issues and each explained why they should get the public’s votes.

On Thursday, July 24, mayoral candidates Sandy Moriarty and Cliff Hamilton answered a variety of questions from traffic to the arts during a candidate’s forum hosted by the League of Women Voters.

“I’m running because I care about this beautiful place in which we live,” said Hamilton, who moved here 12 years ago. “I care about the people here, our wonderful friends and the friends we’ve yet to meet.”
Moriarty, who moved here in 1972, said, “I’m running because I love Sedona. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and I want to keep it that way.”

In addition to their similar reasons for running, the two also have similar backgrounds, being that they’ve both served on the Sedona City Council as well as various city boards.

The audience questions covered a wide range of topics, including one which asked if 5 percent of the city budget should be dedicated to the arts, which would equate to roughly $1.85 million this year.

“The arts are an important part of this community,” said Moriarty, who felt 1 percent would be more appropriate. “When people think of the arts, they think of Sedona.”

Hamilton said some years 5 percent may be too little of an amount while other years too high. Instead of locking in a 5 percent figure, that amount should be evaluated year to year.

To read the full story, see the Wednesday, July 30, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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  • Chris

    Did anyone raise the question about Cliff's past on voting against the majority of Sedona citizens? Does anyone remember the prop 410 waste of time? An unnecessary cost of money, time, and focus on bigger issues. All to prove that him and his friends were right to vote against us, the citizens of Sedona. He's had his chance as a councilor and ignored our vote. Do you want your mayor to have the attitude of "I'm right, you're wrong"?

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