By AARON RICCA/The Bee
KINGMAN – Mayoral and city council candidates will hold a public forum 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at Desert Diamond Distillery, 4875 Olympic Way at the Kingman Airport.
Mayor Monica Gates is facing a challenge from Vice Mayor Jen Miles for the mayor seat. Three city council seats are open, but only two candidates got enough signatures to appear on the ballot in November. The seats of councilmembers Vickie Kress, Stuart Yocum (who did not get enough signatures to appear on the primary election ballot) and Vice Mayor Jen Miles are up for grabs.
Council hopefuls SueAnn Mello Keener and Ryan Dooley are locked in for a ballot spot for the primary election Aug. 28.
Six others have submitted paperwork for a write-in candidate spot for the General Election this fall. They include: Timothy Griepp, Harley Pettit (a former mayoral candidate), Deana Nelson, Scott Holtry, Ken Watkins and current Councilman Stuart Yocum.
Should the seats go unfilled, city council will appoint by appointment after the Nov. 6 general election.