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11/9/2010 10:09:00 PM
Flannery won't seek re-election to Prescott Valley council
Mike Flannery
Mike Flannery

Ken Hedler
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Councilman Mike Flannery announced Tuesday afternoon that he will not seek re-election to a seat he has held since his then-council peers appointed him in 1998 before getting elected a year later.

Flannery stated in a two-page press release that he decided not to seek another four-year term after "much deliberation" with his wife, Allison, and his team. His term will expire in June 2011.

"I guess it is time to step back and let someone else take the reins," he told The Daily Courier. "My body is wearing out."

Flannery's announcement means he is the second incumbent member of the council who decided against running in the primary March 8 and possible runoff May 17.

Councilwoman Fran Schumacher announced this past Thursday that she will not seek another term because she wants to spend more time with her husband, Paul, who is retiring. Like Flannery, Schumacher was first elected in 1999.

"Both Fran and I felt it was imperative to put the word out that there will be two openings," Flannery said.

Two other council seats will be up for grabs. Incumbents Lora Lee Nye and Rick Anderson took out candidate packets from the Town Clerk's office and began gathering signatures.

Would-be candidates have until Dec. 8 to gather signatures from 368 or more registered voters in Prescott Valley and return them to Town Clerk Diane Russell.

Like Flannery in the 1999 race, Anderson is an appointee and will be running for his first full term.

Flannery has been a "very conscientious councilman," said Mayor Harvey Skoog, who has served with Flannery since 2004. He added Flannery has been knowledgeable about water and transportation.

"He has been a very good partner on the council," Skoog said. "He has carried his share of the load. Mike has been a good man. He can be very outspoken."

Flannery, a Prescott Valley resident for about 25 years who formerly lived in Prescott for 10 years, served six years on the Parks and Recreation Commission before joining the council. He also chaired the economic development subcommittee of the 1994 Prescott Valley General Plan Committee.

He helped to form the Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation, and served as its first president.

As a council member, Flannery has served on a variety of boards, including council representative, vice chairman and chairman of the Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization. He also helped to form the Northern Arizona Municipal Water Users Association and the Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition.

Referring to his tenure on the council, he stated in his press release, "I have seen this town's growth surpass anyone's expectations."

He also praised his council peers, stating, "Through the years, I have enjoyed working alongside some extremely dedicated council members. Each has brought their own talent and vision for Prescott Valley to the table."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Article comment by: Linda Clark

Mike, Thanks for the many years of service.
Now....Oh darn, YEAH! GOOD!, Robert E., No Escaping It, Running Scared?, Filbert Armbruster, Investigation On-going, Thank God, @ Tammy Linn HELLO, Jaded mile and 30 Year Resident....Have you picked up your Candidate Packets yet? If not, stop complaining.

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Article comment by: Scott Neff

Notice how those with nasty comments never use their name? Rats? Leaches? Thank God for people who care about their community willing to put up with that crap. Just remember you can't use a pseudonym on your nominating petition.

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Article comment by: Oh darn

Someone stole our prison, yipee!
CCA private prison due for Pima County? by David Safier
A story in the Business section of the Star talks about a 3-1 vote by the Pima Supes to OK the development of a Corrections Corporation of America private prison on South Wilmot.
Pima County approved a development agreement Tuesday for a private prison on South Wilmot Road that could be used to house Arizona inmates or prisoners from other states.
It's the latest step in Corrections Corporation of America's plans to compete for a state contract to put a prison for 3,000 to 5,000 inmates on South Wilmot, near other state and federal corrections centers there. It's likely the last say the Pima County Board of Supervisors will have in the project.
Quakers ask state to void contract with prison group
Read more:

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Article comment by: Sandy & Rick Bernstein

We have known Mike Flannery for over forty years and have been residents of Prescott Valley for almost 15 years and Mike is one of the most honest, committed, hardworking and sincere people we have ever met. He is certainly the most scrupulous politician we have ever known.

We and Prescott Valley are far better for having known him!

Good luck Mike!

S & R

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Article comment by: 30 Year Resident

Hooray! Two more down, two more to go!!! I totally agree with Robert E. Time for a new town manager as well, get these leaches off our backs.

Tom Steele for Mayor.

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Article comment by: Jaded Mile

After Lora Lee Nye sent in all those scare tactic letters to the Courier regarding Prop 203, she couldn't pay me for my vote!

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Article comment by: Reed Winfrey

Mr. Flannery
While nobody knows everything you have done on behalf of Prescott Valley, I want to thank you and show my respect for the efforts you have made to help improve this town. I am grateful to all the council and the Mayor because you have brought us forward and maintained a budget at the same time.
Ms. Schumacher is another example of someone that has given to the town for the good of the people and will be missed.

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Article comment by: Tired of Tom still...

To all the nay sayers. Mr. Flannery takes great pride in Prescott Valley. Please feel free to enjoy all the neighborhood parks and the pool, these were the foresight of Mike and the 90's Parks and Rec commission. Please feel free to have Mr. Steele run for any office. His anti-everything platform will suit all the neo-cons in the area. Mike you did a great job. Now let the complainers try to do better. Now go to Lake Powell and relax.

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Mike Flannery is a man I have always respected. I have told Mike and Allison I am a little jealous of their shared relationship in marriage and the community. I have said on numerous occasions we need to take back the council from the power broker(s). That begins with electing strong candidates who will stand up to the political forces.
"We the People of PV" will begin to interview the candidates and attempt to "weed out" the unprincipled and "yes" people for the Fains and their friends. I encourage the people of Prescott Valley to join in this worthy cause. If not us who? If not now when? Join us!

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Article comment by: Lisa Imburgia

I am sorry to see Mike go!! Mike worked for the people of Prescott Valley and all of you that think other wise need to think again. I didn’t always agree with some of his decisions but guess what folks…. It isn’t always about just one person. Mike, thank you for all you did and know you’ll be missed.

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Article comment by: Christopher *

Mike is the true example of a public servant and a true leader in regional issues. You don't have to agree with him on any one issue, but you never doubt his motives. The Town will miss his service.

Posted: Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Article comment by: @ Tammy Linn HELLO

@ Tammy Linn ----"Can't hardly wait to see what they do in the future....." Probably about as much as was done as council people. Wake up Tammy take off the rose colored glasses. The rest of us had to.

Posted: Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Article comment by: Thank God

Say good bye to the "good ole boys". Harvey your next!

Posted: Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Article comment by: Tammy Linn

He and Fran are class acts. A loss to the citizens of PV. Can hardly wait to see what they do in the future for our communities. Thank YOU so much!

Posted: Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Article comment by: Investigation On-going

There's an on-going investigation regarding decision making and questionable leadership in the Town of Prescott Valley. What I'm wondering is how come I have personal knowledge of this and the Courier hasn't printed a single word about it? I'm not at all surprised these two council members have stepped down. Things are intense and getting worse. Lawsuits are flying all over the place. Local attorneys and attorney's from other parts of the state are having a field day and making much $$$$. Way to go Prescott Valley. You are filling up people's pockets with the green stuff ($$$$).
Allison Smythe

Posted: Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Article comment by: Filbert Armbruster

Rats leaving the sinking ship?

Posted: Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Article comment by: Running Scared?

Something smells fishy in this here pv town folks

Posted: Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Article comment by: No Escaping It

Step away if you must must pending suits will not escape you.

Posted: Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Article comment by: Robert E.

PV residents are due for some new fresh blood that puppet strings aren't fixed to. We need a new town manager as well.
Tom Steele run for Mayor

Posted: Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Article comment by: YEAH! GOOD!

That's two down one more to go!

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