Flagstaff is a small town, which means YOUR vote in local elections makes a BIG difference. In previous years, Council and Mayoral seats were determined by a margin of as little as 100 votes. The 2012 Mayoral race was won by a margin of only 320 votes! In Flagstaff, you can really make a difference for the future of our community.
And why is this important? Because whether you have lived here for forty years or for four, our City Council makes decisions about issues that are relevant to YOU! Protecting open space, investing in public transportation, providing equal rights to same sex couples, taking steps to conserve water, and supporting housing opportunities for community members are just a few of the decisions our City Council makes in any given week.
In the upcoming 2018 election, community members are offered the unique opportunity to decide who will represent us in our City Council. You will be able to vote on three Council seats and one Mayoral seat. With seven seats total (six council and one mayor), every member can influence the majority dynamic on Council. (It takes at least a 4-3 vote to approve or reject a motion).
When it comes to voting in local elections, you may have heard the excuse, “All politicians are the same anyway”.Well, think again. City Council representatives are NOT just politicians, they are Flagstaff residents just like us. Moreover, they are NOT all the same. They have very different values, beliefs, and visions for the future of Flagstaff.
The makeup of City Council should mirror the diversity of voices and values in our community. That means we need Flagstaffians to VOTE so that our diverse voices can be represented! It’s as simple as that.
So take a few minutes to educate yourself about this upcoming election – who you believe will best represent your vision of a better Flagstaff, and who will make the right decisions about issues you care about. FOR THE LOVE OF FLAGSTAFF, VOTE!