Clifton Town Council Primary Election is August 28

The Clifton Town Council will have three incumbents and one newcomer on the ballot in its primary Aug. 28.

Three vying for four seats are incumbents

By Walt Mares

CLIFTON – It is that time again. The Town of Clifton is holding an election to determine who remains on the town council or who will join the seven-member body.members of the town To date, there are three incumbents seeking re-election and one candidate seeking to join the council. 

The Primary Election election is Aug. 28. It is not the first step in the electoral process as candidates were required to file petitions with voter signatures by May 30.

In other town-related business, the Town Council has selected a new vice-mayor in Barbara Ahmann.  Also, a council member who served only about a month has resigned. Ahmann was chosen at the June 14 council meeting. Of the seven-member council, she received four votes and Laura Dorrell received three. Ahmann has served on the council for six years.


The Primary Election will have three incumbents on the ballot, Dorrell, Ray Lorenzo, and Barbara Reyes. Also on the ballot will be John Freida, who has previously served on the town council. All candidates are either Clifton natives or have lived in town for several years. They all are highly active in various community affairs.

There is at present a vacant seat on the council as Akos Kovach, who was appointed to fill a vacancy in May, resigned the day after the June council meeting. The town does have the option of immediately filling that position but has opted to fill the vacancy via whoever is voted in during the primary or general elections.

Whoever receives 50 percent plus one more vote in the primary will automatically be elected. Candidates who do not receive the sufficient amount of votes are required to run in the Nov. 6 General Election. The only polling place will be at the Clifton Train Station on Coronado Boulevard.

Absentee ballots will be mailed to voters. They can either return them by mail to the Greenlee County Recorder or drop them off at the county recorder’s office at the county courthouse.

Clifton residents who are not registered to vote are encouraged to do so at the recorder’s office.

For more information on the election call Clifton Town Hall at (928) 865-4146 Monday through Thursday. Town Hall is closed on Fridays.