“I had not, for the longest time, considered getting back involved. I was recently approached by a group of individuals that would like to see Kingman move forward, would like to see an economic development plan, would like to see some managed growth,” Gates explained. “And they kind of conveyed to me the issue that they didn’t feel that the leadership was currently in place to make that happen.”
Gates confirmed that people affiliated with the “PEAK” group had encouraged her to run, though she also noted that she is her own person and seeks office to represent the people, not any particular interest or organization.
“I definitely would like to see some more growth in Kingman and I think the time is right. I think the community is more prepared to see Kingman grow,” Gates said.
Gates served one, two-year term as Mayor through 2006. She lost her re-election bid and mounted another unsuccessful campaign for Mayor in 2008. Gates joins Joe Longoria and Harley Pettit in challenging re-election-seeking Mayor Richard Anderson.
Other prospective candidates circulating nominating petitions, presumably for city council seats, include Jacqueline Scott, Erin Cochran, Travis Lingenfelter, Gary Rucker, Bryan Thompson and Jamie Stehly.