June 7 was the deadline for filing candidacy papers to run in the 2013 Kanab City Municipal Election. The Kanab City Mayor position is up for election, as well as two seats on the City Council. 

Incumbent Nina Laycook has filed to seek another term as Mayor of Kanab City. Kanab businessman Robert Houston will challenge her for the position.

“It’s a privilege and an honor to serve,” said Laycook, of seeking a second term. “I was encouraged to do so by various individuals, and I decided I really wanted to run again!”

“I have always wanted to serve as Mayor, and the time is right,” commented Robert Houston of his candidacy. “I have the time and skills to serve. I enjoy challenges, and this will be a challenge.”

Four candidates are vying for two open Kanab City Council seats. Kent Burggraaf and Robert Senecal have filed, as well as incumbents Jim Sorenson and Brent Chamberlain. (Chamberlain was appointed to fill former Councilman Ed Meyer’s term.) 

Kent Burggraaf- was out of town this week. We will get a quote from him when he returns.

Robert Senecal- “I have offered my service to the community at the request of a neighbor. He said he appreciates my common sense approach to issues. There are many in this community who have helped my family, and continue to do so. If I can be of service to the people, I will do my best.”

Jim Sorenson- “I am running for City Council because I would like to continue to represent the residents of Kanab in an honest and fair way. I enjoy what I am doing, and have the time to devote to the position. The position requires time and effort while analyzing matters which come before the council. The financial stability of our community in my opinion is the most important matter that the city faces each year. Many other matters also come before the council as well, and they deserve the appropriate amount of attention and thought.  A vote for Jim Sorenson would be greatly appreciated.”

Brent Chamberlain- “Kanab is such a great community in part because of the diversity of ideas and views of the citizens. I have learned from my work experiences how to help people with widely differing views and opinions on issues to work together to find solutions to problems that were acceptable to those participating. I believe I am uniquely qualified to help bring people together to work on common problems. I understand listening is the most important part of leadership.”