The Town of Snowflake is governed by a council of 6 members and a Mayor, with staggered elections held every 2 years (3 members elected the first two years, the Mayor and 3 members elected the next two years). Each councilperson serves a 4-year term, and there are no term limits.
The Mayor is directly elected in an election held every 4 years, and serves as the moderator and presiding officer at Council Meetings.
Snowflake has a rich heritage of active citizen participation in the government of the Town, and encourages residents to consider serving in an elected capacity. For information, please contact the Town Clerk at (928) 536-7103, ext. 222.
For all elections (Local, State, and National) registered voters may cast their ballot at the LDS Social Hall, located at 78 West Center Street.
Snowflake Primary Election November 4, 2014
(previously scheduled for August 26, 2014 click here for the resolution changing the date)
Candidates for Mayor:
“I would like to personally thank you for the opportunity to serve on the Snowflake Town Council for the past six years. I have worked to develop important relationships, learn the needs of the community, and achieve the vision of the Town of Snowflake and its citizens.
I believe our biggest need today in Snowflake is jobs. Jobs drive an economy and help provide opportunities for our current citizens as well as others to live in Snowflake. We continue to develop new business relationships and foster existing business relationships. I personally work with many business owners in Snowflake and work to support them as they provide many needed jobs to our citizens.
I have served in numerous areas that help me to understand the needs of our community such as Chamber president, Tourism president, Snowflake economic development, and various capacities with youth sports. Serving has helped me better understand the needs that exist in Snowflake and to bring this perspective to our council meetings.
My wife and I moved home because we believe in Snowflake and the opportunities and values it provides to our family. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve you and your family.”
Candidates for Council Member:
“Born and raised in Snowflake, I have developed a love for this community and the people who live in it. I graduated with a degree in civil engineering from ASU. Afterwards, my wife Rikki and I moved back to Snowflake to help run my family’s ranching operation.
Snowflake has a motivated, hard-working workforce. It is also filled with potential resources that a new business may need such as sun, wind, water, natural gas, and railways. As a council member I hope to develop town codes and processes that would entice businesses to relocate here. Laying the infrastructure for future growth is a priority. I feel that we need to become a more development friendly town.
I believe that one of my biggest attributes is an open mind. I understand that decisions should be made by the community and not by any one individual. If elected, I hope to serve this community and maintain the great culture in it, while still pursuing future growth.”
“I feel I can lead Snowflake by using good leadership and common sense. Working with others, studying the issue, asking the right questions, talking with those who have knowledge and experience will give us the results we need to strengthen Snowflake.
I feel qualified to serve the people of Snowflake as an elected councilman. I currently run three Corporations and have learned to make tough and proper decisions for them to grow and be profitable. I would use this same ability for the Town of Snowflake—looking for opportunities of growth, good paying jobs, and a better tomorrow. I believe to do this we need to have a vision and a plan. My plans would be to maintain roads/ budgeting for our aging infrastructure / Strong fire and ambulance services/ Community service/Economic growth.
I have had the opportunities to serve on three different committees—Historical committee/ Fire and Ambulance committee/ Economic Development committee. I was able to serve with committed, talented people with the same desire for a better Snowflake. We met regularly and were able to debate, discuss, and share ideas to keep our town moving forward and to report to council with our findings. I ask for your vote.”
“My great-grandfather, old Doc Heywood, once told me when I was very young, that Snowflake was a great place to live and raise a family. He was right, it is and that is why many of our children and grand-children want to come home. One of the challenges we face is finding a way to generate jobs and attract industry to our community, jobs that support and maintain the family valued culture of our area while providing meaningful employment. Experience I have had working with a variety of business cultures across our country, helping them integrate and develop profitable best practices, is a skill that can be used to help recruit employers and industry to our area.
Another challenge we face is the continual need to maintain our roads. Our roads are the arteries of our society and connect us to businesses, medical facilities and to each other and taking care of them will help us take care of ourselves and each other.
Like many of you I am native Arizonian (6th generation). I believe in this community, in its people, its values and in its future. I would appreciate your support on August 26th. Make your voice count, please vote.”
DANIEL ERWIN PRESTWICH
“I think the two biggest issues facing Snowflake right now are bringing businesses to Snowflake and finding funding for our emergency services. I believe the Council should be more involved in helping the Town Manager to influence businesses to come to Snowflake. Finding funding for Emergency Services goes along with getting businesses here to broaden our tax base. To encourage economic development, I believe the Town needs to assess our assets and find businesses that are in need of these qualities. As a former town councilman and current volunteer to the Police Department, I have served the community and wish to continue to serve it as your councilman.”