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Williams voters to make their picks Nov. 4
National and local choices to be made next week

Williams voters will be asked to make a number of decisions next week when they head to the polls for the Nov. 4 general election. Not only will they make their pick for the next United States President, but voters will also make their choices for offices on a more local level as well.

Voters will have two locations to cast their votes in Williams. The Holiday Inn of Williams will host voters on the north side of the community, while the campus of Williams Community College will host voters on the south side. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Holiday Inn is located at 950 N. Grand Canyon Blvd. The Williams Community College campus is located at 636 S. Seventh St. Early voting is available through Friday at Williams City Hall, located at 113 S. First St. Call (928) 779-6589 for more information on early voting and general election questions.

Besides national and state officials seeking public office, a number of individuals are seeking terms on a more local level as well. Five individuals are seeking seats on the Governing Board of the Williams Unified School District. Incumbents Ron Stilwell and David Nenne are both seeking re-election for the board, while locals Herman Nixon, Margaret Francis and David Miggins are also seeking seats. Three total seats are up for grabs for the Governing Board. Three of the five candidates recently attended a candidate's forum at the Williams-Elementary Middle School on Oct. 14. Candidates David Nenne, Herman Nixon and David Miggins each attended the forum, which was sponsored by the Williams Education Association. Organizers for the event offered a list of 12 questions to the candidates, allowing each person a chance to answer. Williams City Manager Dennis Wells moderated the event. Questions ranged from how the individual candidates would handle the district's upcoming budget woes to how the candidates could involve themselves in the school district without being on the Governing Board. The candidates agreed that one of the biggest challenges facing the district is the hiring of two new principals, one for Williams High School and one for the Williams Elementary-Middle School.

Voters will also choose between two local candidates for the Coconino Community College District 3 Governing Board. Locals Eric Eikenberry and John P. "Jack" Hadley are both asking for the community's support in the upcoming election. An incumbent, Eikenberry has currently held the position for the last two years. Both candidates have lived in the Williams area for a number of years. Hadley resides in the Sherwood Forest Estates subdivision, while Eikenberry lives within city of Williams. Hadley said he chose to run for the seat on the (CCC) Governing Board after hearing rumors that the campus might be closed due to disappointing enrollment numbers. Eikenberry has worked in the field of higher education for a number of years.

Two candidates are also seeking the District 3 seat on the Coconino County Board of Supervisors during the Nov. 4 General Election. Incumbent Matt Ryan and northern Arizona resident Jack Darum are both seeking the position. Ryan has held the seat for the last 12, adding that he often travels door to door throughout northern Arizona seeking input from community members. Darum, a certified public accountant, said he hopes to bring a lifetime of financial management skills with him should he be elected to the position.

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