Focusing On Civic Engagement. Steve Williamson and Karen McClelland welcome Scott Jablow, candidate for Mayor of Sedona. Jablow moved to Sedona in 2010 after a 31-year law enforcement career in New York. In 2012, he was elected to the Fire District Governing Board then to the Sedona City Council in 2014. He is currently Vice-Mayor of Sedona.
Asked why he wants to run for mayor, Jablow responds, “The mayor should have the proverbial finger on the pulse and know what’s going on throughout the entire city. So, when people email me, I will call them back or have them call me. I want to hear what people say and I truly mean that.”
Turning to the issue of home rule, Jablow says, “Some people have the misnomer that, if we don’t have home rule, the public can vote on everything we do. It doesn’t make sense. Nothing would get done. For people of my demographic, the term austerity budget comes to mind. Everything would be reduced, except for some police, our wastewater treatment, and a few staff. Everybody in the city would suffer. Nothing would be able to be done anymore. And our taxes would not drop at all.”
Jablow goes on to address ATVs, short-term rentals, and more, noting that the city’s powers to control the issues are often limited by state laws.