MARICOPA — While many in Maricopa are winding down their year and enjoying the holidays, some Maricopans are already gearing up for the 2020 election.
Several candidates for Maricopa City Council and mayor have already submitted their preliminary paperwork, including Mayor Christian Price, after the election packets became available Oct. 16.
Current council members Nancy Smith and Julia Gusse have also submitted applications for re-election in 2020. However, Marvin Brown, also up for re-election, has yet to file for an election packet, according to records provided by the city to PinalCentral.
Leon Potter, a former council member who cut his term short in 2012 following City Council decisions he said he disagreed with morally, is running again in 2020. He ran in 2018 as a write-in candidate but lost.
Bob Marsh, who also lost in 2018, is back in the running. He is a firm believer of a diverse city council and hopes his experience as an engineer with Microsoft will help with his ability to problem solve city issues.
Another candidate is Marlene Pearce, a local resident who was a finalist in the 2012 elections. She is a real estate agent in Maricopa and currently works as the administrative assistant for District 4 Supervisor Anthony Smith.
Local real estate agent Andre LaFond is another candidate for council. LaFond ran for constable for Precinct 8 in 2018 and lost.
Some newcomers to politics are also on the list. Amber Liermann is a counselor at Maricopa High School and is running for a council seat. Michael Salgado and Amber Zenczak have also put their names in, adding some new faces to the political scene of Maricopa.
Mayor Christian Price is currently running unopposed.
The deadline for submitting signatures to gain a spot on the August primary ballot is 5 p.m. April 6.
No other candidates were listed at the time of publication.