Paradise Valley hosts town council candidate orientation

Paradise Valley Town Hall is at 6401 E. Lincoln Drive in the Town of Paradise Valley. (File photo)

Paradise Valley Town Hall is at 6401 E. Lincoln Drive in the Town of Paradise Valley. (File photo)

Have you ever thought about running for town council but did not know where to begin or what to expect if elected? The town will host a candidate orientation at 6 p.m. on April 21 in the Town Hall, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive.

The Town of Paradise Valley is fortunate to have skillful and accomplished residents who routinely volunteer their time to the community, according to a press release. Whether it is in the form of a civic, religious, or charitable organization; one of the many appointed members of the town’s committees, commissions, and boards; or the all-volunteer mayor, council and municipal court judges, town residents share a unique sense of community pride.

Even so, the process of running for elected office can be daunting.

The goal of this orientation is to familiarize potential candidates with the campaign process, provide an overview of town government and operations, and describe the expectations and time commitments for mayor and council members, the release stated.

In general, town government operates under a council-manager form of government in which the elected town council is responsible for making policy, adopting ordinances, authorizing appropriations, and exercising general governmental oversight.

Paradise ValleyThe mayor is a voting member of the legislative body and acts as presiding officer of the council. Additionally, the mayor fulfills ceremonial duties and represents the town on regional committees and organizations. This governing structure is patterned after the private business or corporate structure in which policy making and administrative operations are separated. This structure simplifies government and reduces direct political involvement in administration, the release stated.

The council is composed of six members who are elected to serve four-year staggered terms. The mayor is elected to a two-year term. At the first meeting of a new term, the council selects a vice-mayor from among its members to serve a one-year term.

The mayor and council serve on a voluntary basis accepting no compensation for their service.

The council appoints the town manger who is responsible for administering government operations, appointing department heads, and implementing the policies adopted by the mayor and council. The mayor and council also appoint the town attorney, the municipal court judges, and all members of various town boards, committees, and commissions.

To be qualified to run for office, candidates must meet all of the following requirements:

1. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
2. Candidates must be registered voters (and registered in Paradise Valley) at the time of filing their nomination paper.
3. Candidates must have resided in Paradise Valley for one year preceding the primary election date.
4. Candidates must be qualified electors, meaning those convicted of a felony may not be candidates unless their civil rights have been restored.
5. Candidates must be able to speak, write, and read the English language

Interested parties are urged to attend the orientation and/or schedule an appointment with the town clerk to pick up a candidate election packet.

The candidate filing deadline is June 1. The primary election is Aug. 30 and the general/runoff election is Nov. 8. Newly elected members will take office on Jan. 12, 2017.

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