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Chuck Heron seeks second term as mayor

The Roundup continues with its series on all Payson and Star Valley mayoral and council candidates.

Each candidate has been given an opportunity to respond to the same 10 questions. Answers may have been shortened due to space restrictions.

The primary election will take place Tuesday, March 11.

Why are you running?

I made a personal commitment to the residents of Star Valley dating back to the time I replaced Bill Phillips as chairman of the Citizen's Coalition to fight the drilling of wells beneath the Diamond Rim. We have solidified our position and I want to continue to move Star Valley forward with a sustainable growth and rural theme.

What changes are you seeking to implement?

The major changes are ongoing. We want to keep the rural atmosphere and still provide the improved infrastructure that will protect the residents and their investments.

What are the three most important issues to you??

The sustainable management of water is still the most important issue. Bringing up the infrastructure to provide our own police department, mitigate the flood control issues and improve our streets, roads and crossings.

How will you attempt to address or solve those issues?

Water management is knowing what you have by real measurements and diligently recognizing the conservative usage of it. We are continually getting grants and our portion of state shared revenue for police and road improvements. Putting these funds to the best usage with the input of our citizens is how we will move forward.

What can voters expect from you?

First and foremost, I am available 24/7. I will listen and act on citizen concerns. I will continue to be involved in all aspects of our town's departments, committees and intergovernmental relationships. The job of mayor is a full-time job. I don't believe in micro-management, but part of leadership is to be attentive to all of the town's needs. I will continue to be an ambassador at county, state and national levels.

What are your qualifications for holding a council seat?

Thirty years of management with multi-national and international corporations. In addition to my corporate technical responsibilities, I was a specialist in negotiation and arbitration. I assisted in international mergers. A town council is really a corporate board of directors. Citizens are stakeholders in that corporation.

What experience do you have, preparing you to hold office?

As a 19-year resident of Northern Gila County, I have spent several years in researching the water situation in the Mogollon Highlands. I understand the laws regarding municipal government. I have attended all seminars sponsored by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns. I am in contact on a weekly basis with several mayors throughout Arizona and work closely with the Central Arizona Association of Governments and was elected vice chairman of the CAAG Executive Council. I have established relationships with our Gila County Board of Supervisors, our state and federal legislative leaders as well as directors of several state departments.

How will you work with your fellow councilors, if elected?

I will continue to achieve a common view with councilors. I will be available to discuss any issue, any time. I will encourage all councilors to actively participate in issues in which they have interest and expertise.

In what activities or committees are you currently involved?

I am vice president and CEO of Lone Wolf Medicine, Inc. I am an amateur radio operator and am the district emergency coordinator for Gila County as certified by the American Radio Relay League. I am also a member of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

There has not been a lot of free time in the last two years, but I have 16, going on 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. I am fortunate that all but one family resides in Arizona. My middle daughter is the exception and her family is in Hawaii where she is the director of Stanford University's pediatric genetic research. I spend some time in antenna and radio station research.

Randy White, vice mayor, seeks top spot


The Roundup is continuing with its series on all Payson and Star Valley mayoral and council candidates.

Each candidate has been given an opportunity to respond to the same 10 questions. All candidates who have responded will be featured in forthcoming issues.

Answers may have been shortened due to space restrictions.

The primary election will take place Tuesday, March 11.

Why are you running?

I was the chairman of the petition drive to incorporate the town of Star Valley. I talked with hundreds of Star Valley residents and I feel that I have a great responsibility to fulfill their wishes and fulfill my promises; to keep our town rural -- with a town hall that is easy to do business with.

What changes are you seeking to implement?

First, I'd like to have council members individually chair and oversee town projects. Let them return and report to the town council on a continuing basis. I would like to see items of interest discussed in a workshop before they are put on the town council agenda for a decision so we get better input from the public and the council is better informed.

What are the three most important issues to you?

Our first item would be to acquire a water company that would support our goal of protecting our water resources.

Second would be to put together the best leadership of our town to pursue acquisition of the available land from the federal government for items such as a town hall, parks, green belts, schools, sewer plant and other community service needs.

Third is to control the hoards of government rules and regulations that can develop into big government.

How will you attempt to address or solve those issues?

By using our council members and their talents. Seven heads are better than one. We have intelligent, talented people who now serve on our council and others who will be elected. As their leader, I will help them set proper goals, removing roadblocks and supporting them.

What can voters expect from you?

I like people and I like progress. I'm honest. I'm a good listener and I'm teachable. I have a great capacity to work for a good cause.

What are your qualifications for holding a council seat?

I spent 20 years in management for Mt. Bell Telephone Company and was manager of all Northern Arizona. For the past 18 years I have been a businessman in Star Valley, running a very successful Ford dealership.

I was chairman of the petition drive, vice mayor for two years. I was on the board of directors for Good Will, brought and headed the Make a Wish Foundation to Northern Arizona and was chairman of the Diamond Star Fire Board.

What experience do you have, preparing you to hold office?

I have a lifetime of being associated with the Rim Country and have a genuine concern for the future of Star Valley. My Arizona heritage combined with my easy style of working with people and the success in my professions gives me the background it takes to be a successful servant to the good residents of this area.

How will you work with your fellow councilors, if elected?

I value our council members' opinions. They are a critical part of our town's success and are important to me -- I certainly don't know everything but I know that I can work hard to serve them as we work together to reach our goals.

In what activities or committees are you currently involved?

I've served on the water committee and human resources committee, I've interviewed potential employees and researched the cost effectiveness of building a town hall.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I've taught hunter's safety for 30 years, I hunt, I fish and I love to read.

My wife and I have seven children and 24 grandchildren. They, along with my dog, are the loves of my life. I have many reasons to serve and help make Star Valley the best it can be.

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