Finally, Becky Daggett, who has worked in leadership positions at several local organizations over the years including Friends of Flagstaff’s Future, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy and the Flagstaff Arts Council, also threw her hat into the ring.
COVID and development
As candidates run for Council, this campaign season has looked very different than that of past years. With the pandemic preventing many in-person forms of campaigning, candidates have generally been turning to a mix of Zoom calls, social media posts and online forums to get their messages to voters.
That has kept candidates busy.
Garcia said he alone has close to 25 hours of recorded videos and streams in which he has taken part in this election cycle. Moreover, McCarthy said he thinks there has been more communication between the community and city council candidates and more, albeit virtual, campaign forums this year than past election seasons.
Challenges related to COVID-19 are also likely to be one of the first things candidates could be discussing if elected, and a topic that has been in the forefront.
For example, Sweet said responding to the virus and related economic downturn has become one of the things she has been thinking about the most. Sweet said for Council to address other issues such as affordable housing and climate change, it will need to ensure the city is on the financial footing to actually get that done.