Jerry Nabours will be the new mayor of Flagstaff.
The retired attorney was one of four Chamber-endorsed candidates who emerged victorious in Tuesday’s local election. The Chamber’s Board of Directors endorsed Nabours last month, seeing him as an ally to the Flagstaff business community.
“Jerry understands the importance of the business community in ensuring that Flagstaff continues to thrive,” said Chamber President/CEO Julie Pastrick. “He is a pillar in this community, a former long-term Chamber board member, and we value his overall view of government as it relates to the success of the private sector employer. We look forward to a close working relationship with him and the City Council.”
In the six-way City Council race, Chamber member Jeff Oravits (Flagstaff4Lease.com) was elected, as were incumbents Coral Evans (Sunnyside Neighborhood Association) and Karla Brewster (NAU). The Chamber had backed all three City Council race winners, citing candidate history of working on local issues with the Chamber, candidate and incumbent accessibility to the Chamber, and their stances on key issues crucial to business success and community vitality.
Oravits and Evans have both served on the Chamber’s Community & Economic Development Committee for many years, while Brewster, alongside Pastrick, is a Executive Committee member of the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona, a public-private economic development entity, and in which the Chamber is a lead financial partner.
In advance of its endorsement, the Chamber Board underwent an exhaustive candidate review process incorporating candidate outreach by staff, a comprehensive candidate questionnaire, a member straw poll, and co-hosting of a Candidate Forum which dealt with a comprehensive set of questions relating to future business success and growth. In addition, the Chamber attended several other candidate forums held in the community.