Who's Who Among The Council Candidates


Stiffler, 76, moved to Payson in 1980 to open the local branch of the Arizona Department of Economic Security. An Arizona State University graduate with a master's of business administration, he's worked in finance and management for General Electric and the State of Arizona. A past board member for the Rim Guidance Center, the Tonto Community Concerts and the Pinal/Gila Behavioral Health Association, Stiffler has been Payson's mayor for four years and he's served on the town council for 5 1/2 years. He is seeking his third term in office. Stiffler and his wife of 51 years, Iowna, have two grown daughters.


As Schum completes a four-year term as a Payson council member, he makes his first run for the office of mayor. A native of Dale, Ind., he spent 26 years in the U. S. Marine Corps, and worked as personnel manager for most of his 24 years with the Deutsch Company. Locally, Schum has been active in the Community Blood Drive, the flag pennant project and the St. Vincent de Paul Community Food Bank, among others. He's served as Payson's vice-mayor, president of the Payson Economic Development Corporation, and as an advisory board member for the airport and new library. Schum and his wife of 55 years, Verda Lee, have four grown children.


Jasper grew up in California and has been living in Payson for 11 1/2 years, originally drawn here by its small-town atmosphere. He graduated from Banning High School in Wilmington, Calif. Having no prior political experience, Jasper, 73, is making his first run for public office. He has been married to Dorothy for 51 years, with whom he has two grown sons.


Born in Vac, Hungary, Lanyi and his family migrated to the U.S. in 1950. After becoming a naturalized citizen in 1957, Lanyi studied engineering at Ohio State; was operations supervisor in the legal department of National City Bank in Cleveland, Ohio; and served in the Navy from 1965 to 1968. He owned and operated a maintenance business in Phoenix for 10 years before moving to Pine in 1982, and to Payson in 1986. A single father raising four sons and a daughter, Lanyi is currently the assistant night crew chief at Bashas', a packer for H&A Trucking, and a merchandiser for the Dairymaid Ice Cream Corp.

Candidates for council


As an incumbent councilmember, Barbara Brewer, 51, is seeking her second term in office. She moved to Payson nearly 29 years ago, and attended Eastern Arizona College. A cosmetologist for 30 years, Brewer also has done clerical work for the state of Arizona and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. Brewer is a member of the Library Friends of Payson and a former member of the Payson Womans Club and Payson Pilots Association. She is currently the first vice-chair of the Gila County Republican Committee and president of the Northern Gila Republican Women. Married to husband, Sam, for 19 1/2 years, Brewer has one daughter.


Monschein is seeking his second term on the council. He grew up in Staunton, Ill., and moved to Payson 28 years ago when he was transferred by the Highway Patrol. After attending Phoenix College, Monschein returned to the Highway Patrol (now the Department of Public Safety) and stayed for 24 years, earning a spot in the National Law Enforcement Communications Hall of Fame. He served as Payson's town manager for 14 years, and has been married for 52 years to Betty Ann.


Crawford lived in Vienna, Austria until the age of 12, when her family moved to New York City. A three-year resident of Payson, she was attracted to its small-town atmosphere and proximity to a metropolitan area.

Crawford worked as an accountant for Ford and Cadillac dealers, a dental office and the Tustin Unified School District. She is a member of Payson 2020, a former member of the Airport Advisory Committee and treasurer of Payson North Unit 4A.

Crawford, 58, has been married to Richard L. Crawford for 34 years. She has four grown children.


Raised in Ventura, Calif., and Scottsdale, Siverson moved to Payson in 1984 to open a travel agency. He spent two years at Scottsdale Community College, five years with U.S.N. Hotel Management, and 16 years as the owner of Rim Travel Service and co-owner of Payson Adventures 4x4 Tours. Siverson has been a member of the Zane Grey Kiwanis Club for 15 years, and in 1989 was the organization's president. He also has been a board member of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. He served as president of the chamber in 1999. Married to Pamela Kay for 19 years, Siverson has five children ranging in age from 5 to 18.


A native of Oklahoma, Finney, 76, grew up in Texas and New Mexico. She came to Payson six years ago to enjoy the quality of life, the rural atmosphere and the environment.

Upon finishing high school, Finney worked for 10 years in advertising, three years with the county, and 25 years as a self-employed bookkeeper and income tax consultant.

Divorced for 27 years, Finney has two children.


Wolfe, 66, moved to Payson eight years ago to escape the big city. He has since been chairman of Payson Planning and Zoning and the Green Valley Redevelopment Committee, and a member of the Payson Choral Society.

A certified peace officer, a former police officer and a Navy veteran, Wolfe is the past president of the National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards, and was appointed by President Reagan to the National Manufactured Housing Council. Married to wife, Marilyn, for 13 years, Wolfe has four grown children.

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