It may not be time for candidates to throw their hats in the ring, but some hats are flying anyway.
Payson Town Council member Ray Schum released a statement this week announcing his candidacy for mayor after he was asked about his decision to run on a local radio show.
Schum said he has talked to some people about his decision to run and it should come as no surprise.
"I will once again be knocking on doors asking for your support to be your mayor," he said.
Schum said he talked with his wife, Lee, about the decision and she supports his choice. He also said he feels compelled to offer his experience to the office of mayor. Schum spent 26 years in the military and 24 years in management with the aerospace industry.
He said, as mayor, he would continue to seek viable sources of water, and would maintain the town's conservative posture in using the available water wisely. Schum also said that growth in Payson is inevitable.
"My position is to direct and control growth so that it works to our advantage, paying for itself," he said.
Council member Ken Murphy said a lot of people have asked him if he would run for mayor. "It's way too early to decide what to do," he said. "Quite frankly, I'm happy as a councilman and current vice mayor. I have three years remaining on my council seat."
Murphy said that there may be another race he'd consider getting into in November 2000. "I would consider running for county supervisor," he said.
Mayor Vern Stiffler said he doesn't know yet whether he will be running or not. "That's about as simple as I can put it," he said.
Three council seats and the mayor's seat will be vacant. Among those whose terms are up are Council members Schum, Barbara Brewer and Jack Monschein.
The following dates have been scheduled for the 2000 Town of Payson Primary and General Election:
• Nov.15: Packets can be picked up from the town clerk's office. The packets contain nomination papers, affidavits of qualifications, campaign finance laws statements, nomination petitions, financial disclosure forms, and information on the political committees' statement of organization;
• Dec. 15: Deadline for candidates to file;
• Feb. 10: Sample ballots will be available and early voting begins;
• Feb. 14: Voter registration closes;
• March 3: Last day to request an early ballot by mail;
• March 10: Last day to vote early;
• March 14: Primary Election;
- May 16: General Election.
Town Clerk Silvia Smith said candidates will need to pay close attention to the requirements for campaign signs and literature and must first get approval from the Planning and Zoning administrator before placing signs or literature. According to Smith, no signs or literature may be placed in or upon public right-of-ways.