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Sandy was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where she graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Economics. She also lived in Oregon, Florida & Alaska. She moved to Sedona in January, 1972, when Sedona was a town of about 4,000, unincorporated, and split between two counties. Sandy worked for the local branch of the Phoenix CPA firm, Walker & Armstrong, LLP, for 31 years, and is now a self-employed accountant.
Soon after coming to Sedona, Sandy became involved in getting Sedona incorporated. The community was already growing, and she agreed with others that we needed to make our own decisions rather than have Flagstaff or Prescott control our future. Incorporating Sedona was not an easy task, as state legislation had to be passed to allow the city to incorporate across county lines. After serving on three committees over a 15 year period, Sandy celebrated the voters’ approval of the incorporation of Sedona in a December 1987 election, and in January of 1988, the City of Sedona became a reality.
Sandy is proud to have been a member of the first appointed City Council. Meetings were quite different in those days, with no staff, no ordinances and no City Hall. By the time the first Council turned things over to the first elected Council five months later, Sedona had a City Clerk, a City Manager, a Police Chief, a sales tax and bed tax, a City Hall and a well-operating City government.
Sandy has always followed City government in Sedona and over the years has volunteered for a variety of organizations and activities across the state, in the Verde Valley, and in Sedona, including AYSO (youth soccer), Good Morning Sedona, Southwest Public Recycling Association and the Verde Valley Wine Consortium. She is a founder of Sedona Recycles, Inc., and served on the Board for nearly 20 years, and is also a founder of Sedona Winefest. She served on the City’s Wastewater & Effluent Disposal & Land Use (WEDLU) Task Force for two years, on the Housing Commission for 6 years, and on the City’s Service Contract Review Work Group. She is proud to serve as Mayor of the City she loves.
John Martinez, Jr. is from a large, Southern California family. Three of his siblings were born in Los Angeles, as was John, and four were born in La Puente. All eight children finished La Puente High School, and went on to graduate from various colleges, encouraged by parents who did not have the opportunity to complete high school.
Key lessons the eight Martinez’s learned were discipline—homework before playing outside with friends—and frugality—in a family of 10, everyone learned to understand the value of a dollar and spend carefully and wisely.
John graduated from California State University of Long Beach with a degree in Finance. He worked during the day and went to school at night. He worked as a janitor for Snappy Taco and a forklift driver at Mattel Toys. Upon graduation from college, he began his career in finance, first as a Financial Analyst with Beckman Instruments, Plant Controller at Hunt-Wesson Foods, Director of Manufacturing Accounting for ConAgra Foods and a Sarbanes-Oxley auditor for Boeing. He moved to the Sedona area in 2005 and was hired as the Director of Finance for Nutri-Health Supplements located in Cottonwood, AZ.
John met Carol, the love of his life for the past 34 years, while employed with Beckman Instruments. They lived in Yorba Linda, California for 25 years and both have family all over California.
His hobbies include traveling, playing sports (softball and soccer), reading and attending Phoenix Coyotes hockey games, as a season ticket holder.
John provides consulting expertise for small companies that require budgeting and forecasting assistance. John was selected to serve on the Budget Oversight Commission and was the Vice-Chairman. As a member of the commission, he provided input to the City’s budget submission for fiscal years 2011/2012 and 2012/2013, plus implementation experience for the recent ERP System for the City’s Finance Department.
Bill and his wife Kim first visited Sedona in 2011 returning at least once annually from then on. They bought their Uptown home in 2016 and moved here permanently in March of 2017 after Bill retired. Prior to retirement Bill spent 10 years in the United States Marine Corps and over 25 years in corporate IT (Information Technology). While in corporate, Bill was active in Merger and Acquisition actions, managed budgets exceeding $100M dollars, and led organizations exceeding 100 people.
Bill earned a BS in Computer Science from Park College and in 2008 Bill earned an executive MBA from Rockhurst University.
Since arriving in Sedona Bill has been active in several local organizations focused on kids, patriotic themes, veterans, and animals. You might catch Bill hanging flags on 89A, walking dogs around the Humane Society, or substitute teaching at the elementary, junior high, and high school.
Bill decided to be active in city government and ran his campaign on a theme of “BALANCE”. Specifically, the need for a balance between what’s best for our residents, businesses, and visitors. Bill is committed to understanding all sides of an issue and can be seen attending various social and political events throughout the city.
Bill’s son and daughter-in-law live in Missouri and among other things are great parents of his two grandchildren. Bill and Kim are parents to several furry kids and enjoy walking the neighborhood and local trails.
Janice Hudson first visited Sedona, from her native Canada, over 15 years ago and knew then this would eventually be her home. Janice and her husband Curt were married in Sedona in 2012 and have lived in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona since then. Together, Janice and Curt have 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
She had an extensive senior management career in government and the private health care sector with over 20 years’ experience providing critical oversight on operational and capital programs and balancing billion-dollar budgets, as well as developing and implementing policy, legislation and regulations. Janice holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Business Administration as well as certifications in mediation and negotiation and clinical counseling.
Janice strongly believes in the value of volunteerism and giving back to the community. She has served on the city’s Personnel Board and Citizen Budget Work Group for the last 4 years. Janice is a member of the League of Women Voters and Sedona Women. She has also served our community by volunteering with the Arizona Crisis Team.
Janice is honored to be serving all the constituents of Sedona as your City Councilor.
John Currivan - Councilor
John attended Cornell University on a Navy ROTC scholarship, and received a bachelor-of-science degree in electrical engineering. He also holds masters degrees in electrical engineering and aeronautical systems. He served as a Navy jet pilot, and was a flight instructor in the Navy’s Advanced Jet Training Command. The Navy then sent John to Cornell Law School, where he graduated summa cum laude. He then served in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) -- as a prosecutor, as the senior attorney aboard
the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, and as a judge.
After completing his military service with the rank of Commander, John spent 28 years as a tax lawyer at Jones Day, a global law firm, with a focus on tax planning for small businesses. In his spare time he was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve Law School in Cleveland, Ohio, and served as Treasurer and Finance Chair of a large condominium association.
John and his wife Pat were married in 1996 at Red Rock Crossing, with Cathedral Rock as their backdrop. They fell in love with Sedona and decided to make it their retirement home. They bought property in the City in 2003, and bought their current home in 2009. When John retired from his law practice in 2012, he and Pat were able to fulfill their dream of living in Sedona full-time.
John soon got involved in community service. He served three years on Sedona’s Planning and Zoning Commission. He also participated in the City’s Programs Working Team, which helped present the Community Plan to the Public, and served on the Design Review Work Group.
John and Pat love hiking, Jeeping, and horseback riding in Red Rock Country.
Scott holds a degree in criminal justice and worked for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for over 30 years— first as a police officer and later a Senior Police Accident investigator receiving specialized training through Northwestern University and the U.S Department of Transportation. Throughout his career Scott also received specialized training from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Scott also served in the Police Emergency Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Unit. As a community leader on Long Island, Scott received three prestigious awards for his work: A Legislative Resolution by the New York State Assembly, a New York State Proclamation from the New York Senate Majority Leader, and a Town Citation by the Town of Hempstead Supervisor. Prior to his election to the City Council, Scott served on the board of the Sedona Fire District, the City of Sedona’s Planning & Zoning Commission and the City’s Personnel Board.
Jessica was born in Los Angeles and raised 100 miles up the coast in Santa Barbara. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Sociology. She moved to New York City with her husband so he could attend Columbia University. They lived in NYC for 30 years, and she worked for the City of New York the majority of the time. Her last job was Director of Departmental Affairs at the Dept. of Design and Construction, the agency in charge of cleaning up the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks. Jessica spent some time stationed at the site as part of the cleanup team.
The Williamsons moved to West Sedona in 2003.
Jessica loves Sedona. The stunning natural beauty still takes her breath away. A five-minute drive from her house takes her to Fay Canyon or the Dawa Trail. She never gets tired of the vista before her as she drives down Cook’s Hill. During the summer, she takes her dog to Red Rock Crossing and once Verde Valley School Road becomes dirt, she feels like she's driving a magical roadway. They walk along the Templeton Trail enjoying the shade, trees, rocks, and the river. Sometimes the blackberries are ripe. She throws sticks into the water and her dog leaps in to retrieve them. She has seen river otters, blue herons, and lots of ducks there. In season, the flowers are wondrous.
When their first dog died a few years ago, she and her husband agreed that they’d put off getting another one, but within a month they had a new puppy. He is simply a silly and goofy creature. She takes him to the Sedona Dog Park where he often sits around with a tennis ball in his mouth until the spirit moves him to play. When she's at the Dog Park, she can’t get over the thought that dogs exist to make her laugh.
She gardens, with mixed success, and tries to grow tomatoes, basil, and peppers every year. She likes to read and belongs to a political book club. She tries to work out at least three times a week, but also likes to cook and makes a very tasty cheesecake.