The field of candidates running for the two open City Council seats is set. Thirteen residents will vie for the seats currently held by Councilwomen Tracy Folda and Judy Hoskins.
Zachary Cummings filed his candidacy papers Feb. 4, the last day of the filing period.
He will run against Paul Bageman, Cokie Booth, Charles Bullen Jr., Christian Clinton, Gregory Deaver, Brent Foutz, Mathew Fox, Michael Guccione, Hoskins, Sherri Jorgensen, Ray Turner and Tanya Vece.
Folda is not seeking to be elected to the seat she was appointed to in July 2019 to finish the remainder of Kiernan McManus’ term when he was elected mayor. She announced on the Boulder City Community Alliance’s Facebook page Jan. 27 that she was moving out of the area and would not be eligible to run.
Cummings, 29, said he chose to run for City Council to represent his generation and provide a younger voice to the community’s governing body.
He said he is especially interested in trying to find a way to bring more off-road vehicles into the community.
“I feel there are a lot of tourism opportunities being missed and we have a lot to offer,” he said, noting the city’s extensive undeveloped land.
Cummings said he also favors controlled growth, stating, “Boulder City is as nice as it is because of controlled growth.”
He has been a resident of Boulder City since 1997 and attended King Elementary, Garrett Junior High and Boulder City High schools. Cummings is single and works as an operations supervisor for a large trucking company.
Because there are more than twice as many candidates as there are open seats, a primary election will be held April 6 to narrow the field. The top four candidates from the primary should advance to the general election, which is scheduled for June 15.
However, if any one or two candidates receives votes equal to a majority of those casting ballots in the election, then that person or persons will be considered elected, eliminating the need for a general election.
According to City Clerk Lorene Krumm, that has happened in the past.
In the 2011 primary, for example, 4,517 voters cast their ballots; the majority would be 2,258 votes. Roger Tobler was elected mayor when he received 2,465 votes, and Peggy Leavitt and Rod Woodbury were elected to City Council with 2,449 and 2,689 votes, respectively.
Early voting for the primary is scheduled at the parks and recreation building, 900 Arizona St., from March 25 to April 2. The voting center will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 25, 29, 30, 31 and April 1, with it open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 26, 27, 28 and April 2.
March 9 is the last day to register by mail to vote in the election, and March 23 is the last day to submit a written request for an absentee ballot.
Those elected will serve a term of three years and five months after the council approved changing its cycle to align with state and federal elections.
Hali Bernstein Saylor is editor of the Boulder City Review. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 702-586-9523. Follow @HalisComment on Twitter.
Questions for candidates sought
To help readers make an informed decision when casting their ballot, the Boulder City Review will be providing all candidates the opportunity to share their thoughts, goals and visions for the community before the start of early voting, which begins March 25 for the primary election.
While we would like to host a candidate forum as we have for past elections, restrictions put in place on the size of group gatherings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 may prevent that. We are trying to figure out an alternative.
But, as we have in the past, we will present a look at the candidates, why they feel they are qualified for the position and let them answer a few questions in their own words. That is planned for the March 18 issue.
In the meantime, we want to know what issues are on your minds. What questions do you have for the candidates? Please send them to us at email@example.com by 5 p.m. Feb. 26.