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Eddie Maddock: We, the people who govern

SedonaEye.com columnist Eddie Maddock begins the 2020 Sedona Arizona election coverage with the city’s new candidate for Mayor, Kurt Gehlbach, a twenty four year resident and local real estate agent.

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In a blink of a Sedona eye, candidates for Mayor elected every two years and City Council members scheduled for turnover after four-year terms will be on the agenda again in 2020. Candidate packets are available at City Hall and at least one new potential candidate for Sedona mayor has picked up a packet. He then contacted the publisher of Sedona Eye with a request that his contact information be sent to me for follow up.

Historically, his grandfather established La Solana Pottery awarded for its distinctive quality of Solana Ware Ceramics in Laguna Beach, California in the 1940’s. Early 1950’s the industry relocated to what is now Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. Sedona artists were among nationwide customers frequently visited by the family, and where Sedona mayoral candidate Kurt Gehlbach settled 24 years ago.

Just recently, Mr. Gehlbach and I met for the purpose of discussing on a limited basis his reasons and visions for Sedona’s future. When surprisingly asked the question “What is your platform?” without hesitation his answer was “Holy Cow! – where do WE begin?” His response when asked about the inclusion of “WE” was simple and concise – Kurt’s platform has been determined after many years of extensive research through personal involvement donating his time since 1997 as a Sedona Firefighter/EMT, member of Citizen Engagement and Fiscal Year Budgeting committees and, currently, on a second three year seat with the Historical Preservation Commission among other important accomplishments.

Mr. Gehlbach continued to use WE within his descriptive focus on what he believes “.. is a democracy whose lost their focus.”

November 19, 1863 the final words of the Gettysburg Address were “…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” – Abraham Lincoln

Kurt Gehlbach announced his 2020 city election candidacy for Mayor this week.

Kurt Gehlbach feels he, along with the majority, “feel ignored through the actions of OUR government voted into office by the people to protect and preserve our way of life. WE are all aware of ongoing issues, WE are all aware of City funds allocated and spent on various studies, etc. and WE are all aware that WE agree WE are not heard and Change within OUR government is inevitable for WE as a community with extremely intelligent minds must be heard and included within the future decisions of OUR outstanding City.”

One thing however remained first and foremost. Evident was Mr. Gehlbach’s deep love for Sedona as we sat in the restaurant at Poco Diablo and gazed out at the well kept grounds and red rocks surroundings.

With the miracle of a Sedona sunrise or the glory of the red rocks as the sun drops beyond the western horizon, shouldn’t preserving our environment forever remain high priority?

 

64 Comments

  1. L. C. T. A. K. Jordan Road says:

    I live in Sedona. 4 of 5 of us live in Sedona. I don’t like the changes neither do us coworkers and we AAAAALLLLL despise the lights!!!!! NOBODY thinks their a good idea and ALL of US think their not good. If you need life or auto insurance be sure to get it in town. Lights ruin wild life trying to get across roads and NOBODY like you cares because we like sitting out side seeing the stars and hearing the drums . 89 a Looks like a football stadium and it looks like ugly stuff in Phoenix druggy neighborhoods. Sedona’s going ugly says A.

  2. Bob, VOC says:

    I know the majority of homeowners on Red Rock Loop Road an there’s no Nancy Johnson but there is a Joan. Sounds like your psychosis about being a Nancy needs nursing back to health?

  3. Nancy Johnson Lower Red Rock Loop says:

    To Bob, VOC:

    As you said, you know the “majority of homeowners” is that “majority” closer to knowing ALL of us or is that closer to 55%, 60%. You see even if you “think” you know 99% you don’t know me. I fail to understand why “Bob in VOC” thinks he knows my neighbors at the other end of town.

  4. @ Nancy Johnson says:

    In actual fact, the SRRN does NOT “turn over every stone to get the facts.” In my case they banned me “for life” because I proved they printed a lie about me. Rather than deal with that, and other related shortcomings, they just got rid of me. Read about it here:

    https://sedonaeye.com/freedom-of-expression-essential-to-a-free-society/

    Warren Woodward

  5. MShobert says:

    Rebuild the lower loop – Red Rock Crossing! ASAP! – in the name of Public Safety!!! NIMBYs stay home! You no longer matter.

  6. John, Sedona says:

    I’m reminded of MShobert now after reading Nancy Johnson and @Joan and seeing his/her comment, one voice raised loudly to echo in our canyon that he/she wants to blast away for a multi lane highway or a fragile environmental car and truck crossing? Toss the litter out of your car window America! Move away MShobert, you are an asp. We love our homes here and when enough is enough it’s righteous to be a protectorate of our Sedona that you can’t and won’t appreciate. Sedona’s reasons for holding the line are the same as the Grand Canyon, it isn’t rimmed with timeshare and high rises or shopping malls and galleries stocked with Chinese imports by greedy and petty city halls vying for tourist tax monies like our Democrat Party city hall relentless taking the people out of government and instituting a government for its friends. I’ll not vote for one single sitting person on the council and will vote for anyone else who runs and leave the rest of my city ballot blank. Sedona might find its Jacques Cousteau of the Red Rocks if we keep trying.

  7. @Warren Woodward says:

    Well, Warren

    That is so SHOCKING since you are such a warm and fuzzy guy.

  8. Joan says:

    @ Nancy Johnson Lower Red Rock Loop
    You are extremely naive, related to one of the rag employees or owners, more likely a city employee or chamber member. IMO

    I stand behind my statement.
    They work hard to keep you under their control.

    When ever someone stands up, speaks ups for anything not on the agenda of city-employees & chamber-members including a local rag they get shamed called out. It is complete BS IMO.

    Stop buying the rag, stop enabling the trash and fake information they print. The local rag are cronies that make money off the subsidies going to chamber.

    @ Bettye Thank you! I appreciate your hard work. BTW it is my opinion that so called John Daniels W Sedona is a city employee that tries to shame anyone that doesn’t go her way. Please ignore the cronies.

  9. Freddy says:

    good call @warrenwoodward is a standup man

  10. Charley M. says:

    How about for Sedona to take all that money (millions of $$$$) they give to that regional chamber of commerce – – take that money and invest in a crossing at the end of Back O’Beyond Road – – to connect with Sunset and/or Shelby (roads)?
    @MShobert

  11. Joan says:

    Thank you Warren for all that you do. I am a fan.

  12. John Daniels W Sedona says:

    @ Joan

    So let me get this straight, you have the gonads to say; When ever someone stands up, speaks ups for anything not on the agenda of city-employees & chamber-members including a local rag they get shamed called out. It is complete BS IMO.

    But whenever I stand up to you it’s ok to do exactly what you are trashing me for?!?!??! When ever I speak my mind I get called a “city employee”, “a rag employee” or even a “chamber employee”

    Go look in the dictionary under hypocrite and look at your photo under the definition. IMO of course.

    I think that the bunch of you (oh I’m sorry that’s only 3 or 4 under 15 names) are just jealous of successful people because you’re not successful or well paid and shun those who are.

  13. @John Daniels W Sedona says:

    you are so predictable.

  14. steve Segner says:

    When ever someone stands up, speaks ups for anything not on the agenda of city-employees & chamber-members including a local rag they get shamed called out. It is complete BS IMO.
    I agree with John, never happened
    first off when you speak at open mike at city meeting, by law the council members can not ask you questions and do not reply. There job is to listen to you and that is all. The city council job is to run the city through the city manager, not to follow the as you say the will of the people we give them the power to run the city , we can offer advice and that is all.

    You say, How about for Sedona to take all that money (millions of $$$$) they give to that regional chamber of commerce – – take that money and invest in a crossing at the end of Back O’Beyond Road – – to connect with Sunset and/or Shelby (roads)?
    First off the city does not GIVE any money to the chamber, the city CVB handles the marketing of the city at the city direction, they are a vender , Charley M. says:as far as the comment on back O’ beyond, you would take traffic off 179 and move it through neighborhoods that are not connected and over Oak creek , so you can get to the west side…. Really , really I am sure the people in Back beyond would have something to say.
    the city bed tax money can not be used for road work perr the State. Traffic in Sedona is nothing 99% of the time….. and that is a fact.

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