Sedona AZ (June 20, 2012) – Two Sedona Fire District Governing Board positions will be filled through the General Election on November 6, 2012. The two positions are each for four-year terms ending November 30, 2016. Fire Board candidates must be registered voters and residents of the Sedona Fire District (which includes West Sedona, the Red Rock Loop Road area, Uptown Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, and the Village of Oak Creek). This election is non-partisan. The Sedona Fire District is a consolidated district including areas covered by both Yavapai and Coconino Counties, and because Yavapai County has the larger tax base, its Elections Department will handle the details of the election.
Fire Board responsibilities include holding public meetings at least once each calendar month; these are currently held on the fourth Wednesday at 4:30 PM at Fire Station #1 in West Sedona, but times and locations are subject to change. The Fire Board reviews and approves an annual budget for the Sedona Fire District containing detailed estimated expenditures for each fiscal year.
Nomination petitions and candidate packets may be obtained at Sedona Fire District Station #1, 2860 Southwest Drive, Sedona, Arizona or from the Yavapai County Elections Department on-line at under “Special Districts Packet”. In order to qualify as a candidate to be placed on the ballot, interested individuals must obtain at least 60, but not more than 250 signatures of qualified electors of the district, although the County advises obtaining more than the minimum number of signatures. It is very important to note that a Statement of Organization for a Campaign Committee or a $500 Threshold Exemption Statement must be filed with the Elections Office before accepting contributions, making expenditures, distributing campaign literature, or circulating petitions.
The first day for a candidate to file petitions for these positions is July 9, 2012 and the last day for candidates to file is August 8, 2012, by 5:00 PM, at Yavapai County Elections Department, 1015 Fair Street, Room 228, Prescott, Arizona 86305. The last day to register to vote in this election is October 8, 2012. Contact SFD for more information regarding Sedona Fire District or Fire Board responsibilities at 928-282-6800. For more information regarding the election process, please call Yavapai County Elections at 928-771-3250.