Call to Action — Immediate Action Request

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Prescott Indivisible is a non-partisan community which seeks to promote a progressive and inclusive agenda in support of human rights and the environment.

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Immediate Action Needed!!
Prescott City Council to
Select 5 Finalists on Tuesday, Feb 2

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24 individuals have applied to serve out the remainder of Billie Orr’s term (see list below).
 
At its January 12th meeting, the Prescott City Council decided that their appointee for this seat WILL NOT be required to run in a special election held concurrently with the August 2021 primary.  This means we will have an unelected council member serving for almost three years.
 
The City Council is scheduled to meet in Executive Session (closed to the public) on February 2nd to discuss the 24 applicants and select finalists.  A public comment period will be opened following the executive session. Read the full city press release here:  http://www.prescott-az.gov/application-filing-deadline-closed-for-city-council-vacancy/
 
IT IS URGENT THAT WE PARTICIPATE IN THE FEBRUARY 2 PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD by submitting comments at that time. 

IN ADDITION, please email members of the City Council (with a copy to the Clerk, Attorney and Manager), NOW before the February 2, 2020 Executive Session and public comment period.
 
Here are some points to consider in your correspondence now and on February 2.  Please use your own language. That counts for more standing than repeating verbatim.

  • There is strong community interest in the governance of the City as evidenced by the receipt of 24 applications.
  • The most responsive and democratic process is to appoint someone only until a special election can be held concurrently with the August 3 primary.  It is not too late for the city council to reverse its decision about the length of the appointment and prevent an unelected individual from serving almost three years.
  • Regardless of the appointment length, the City must do the following to have a transparent and equitable process–
    • City staff must compile and provide the public comments received to all council members before the February 2 decision about finalists, as well as all comments received during the public comment period starting on February 2. Both sets of comments must be shared with the public.
    • The City Council needs to establish and share with the public OBJECTIVE criteria/requirements it will use for evaluating/selecting applicants BEFORE February 2, and the criteria it will use to select the actual appointee on February 16.  
    • The Courier is reporting that on February 2, each council member will select their top five candidates.  If this happens, the selection becomes a majority wins scenario unless there are specific, objective criteria established at the outset.

You may wish to send your comments as a Letter to the Editor, in addition to contacting the City Council.

CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFORMATION: 
greg.mengarelli@prescott-az.gov
steve.blair@prescott-az.gov
steve.sischka@prescott-az.gov
alexa.scholl@prescott-az.gov
phil.goode@prescott-az.gov
cathey.rusing@prescott-az.gov
sarah.siep@prescott-az.gov
michael.lamar@prescott-az.gov
jon.paladini@prescott-az.gov
Copy your email text and forward it to these Prescott City officials:
Clerk  http://www.prescott-az.gov/contact/city-clerk/
Attorney: http://www.prescott-az.gov/contact/city-attorney/
Manager: http://www.prescott-az.gov/contact/city-manager/?cid=5497
 

Candidates for the open Prescott City Council Seat:
Andre Carman
Anthony Ferrulli
Brandon Montoya
Charles Rathbone
Connie Cantelme
David Brill
Deborah Pernice Knefel
Diane Bowman
Eric Moore
Geoffrey Meza
Harold Wise
Jacinda (Cindy) Tobin
Jessica Hall
Jim Lamerson
John Lutes
Lesley McKeown
Mavis Brauer
Nancy Burns
Nathen Hughes
Noel Campbell
Roger Clark Tenney
Ryan Pienovi
Steve Martin
Steven Ayres


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CONTACTS

PRESCOTT INDIVISIBLE
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CONTACT
NATIONAL, STATE, AND LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES

National
SENATOR MARK KELLY

107 North Cortez, Prescott AZ 86301
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Suite B40B, Washington DC 20510
202-224-2235
https://markkelly.com
https://www.facebook.com/CaptMarkKelly/

SENATOR KRISTEN SINEMA
825 B&C Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4521 
contact@sinema.senate.gov

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL GOSAR
2057 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515       202-225-2315
6499 S. Kings Ranch Rd. #4, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118  480-882-2697
220 N. 4th St., Kingman, AZ (by appt. only)
122 N. Cortez St., Suite 104, Prescott, AZ 86301       928-445-1683
http://paulgosar.house.gov/contact/

Arizona
GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY
State Capitol, 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007      602.542.4331
http://azgovernor.gov/governor/form/contact-governor-ducey

Legislature  http://www.azleg.gov/
Senator Karen Fann          kfann@azleg.gov                 602-926-5874  
Rep. Noel Campbell         ncampbell@azleg.gov          602-926-3124
Rep. Steve Pierce            spierce@azleg.gov               602-926-5584

Prescott
MAYOR GREG MENGARELLI
201 S. Cortez  St. Prescott  928.777.1248


Our mailing address is:
Prescott Indivisible
P. O. Box 12694
Prescott, AZ 86304

Our email address is:
info@prescottindivisible.org


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Prescott Indivisible was founded in 2017, when Paul Hamilton and Nicole Romine put an ad in the local paper, requesting local progressives to show up at the library. Over 100 people lined up. In short order, we had formed a local chapter of the national Indivisible movement. Within six months we adopted a set of Guidelines that sets the framework in which we work, designed a logo and printed and sold t-shirts. Our mailing list quickly expanded from 100 to over 1,200. We usually have 100 or more attend our general monthly meetings.

Prescott Indivisible has a strong track record of activism. We adopted the team concept: Communication/Events; Voter Education and Elections; Education; Environment; Human Rights; Immigration and Peacekeepers to assist with safely issues. Initially we had a steering committee that consisted of volunteers. After our guidelines were adopted, the steering committee is made up of elected officers and members at large and the heads of the various teams, or their designees. A diverse group of community activists, social justice advocates and others that have volunteer ties to non-profits and religious organizations, the steering committee assists the teams when asked and sets the agendas.

Our teams and their members have worked diligently to make their voices heard. We have made thousands of calls, mailed hundreds of postcards to our legislators in Arizona and in congress. We have collaborated with like-minded organizations to advocate for issues of crucial importance to Arizona and the nation.

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