Mayor's Race Gets Another Contender

Kenny Evans is third candidate to seek job

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The road to be the next mayor of Payson is getting more crowded.

Kenny Evans became the third mayoral candidate to announce his plans to run in the last week. Joining Evans on the May ballot, thus far, are Mayor Bob Edwards and longtime Payson resident Bruce Van Camp.

Evans is currently president of the board of directors for Mogollon Health Alliance, chairman of the Zane Grey District of the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the board of directors for the Payson Regional Medical Center.

He has lived in Payson since 1998.

"I have a feeling we live in paradise but a lot of people don't believe that because of all the turmoil we've faced in this town," he said.

Evans said he would primarily focus on water, education and improving Payson's economy, if elected.

"It's unique that in a town the size of Payson, we make it difficult for businesses to come to town," he said.

Evans expressed ideas to help small business owners thrive.

"There are so many good things in this community," he said.

"We need someone who can look past the disagreements. We hurt ourselves if we don't work together."

Council candidates at this time include Greg Friestad, Michael Hughes, Tom Loeffler, David Rutter and incumbent John Wilson.

Along with the mayor, the seats of Vice Mayor Tim Fruth and councilors Andy Romance and Wilson are up for election.

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