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John Lutes, a 40-year Prescott resident who runs [sic] a furniture business on Whiskey Row, said many locals fear that California transplants will bring liberal policies — and higher taxes — with them.

But the reality is that many [transplants]  are conservatives and retirees who are attracted to the area’s mild climate, relatively affordable housing, and deep red values, he said. Nevertheless, Lutes, who is running for a seat on the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, sees some things changing for the better. The progressive group Prescott Indivisible, which promotes social justice and sustainability, has more than 1,500 members and 1,000 subscribers to its Facebook page, many of whom came together recently for a neighborhood summit aimed at improving the quality of discourse in the community. 

In addition, Lutes said, he and others in the community have worked to bring an arts and culture focus to Whiskey Row to "uplift the cultural values of the community.""It really does enrich the tone and it enriches the tourism experience here beyond cowboys and whiskey," he said.

While Lutes, Dixon and others are working toward a more inclusive community, other leaders seem to be working at cross purposes.

Two months ago, former Prescott Mayor Harry Oberg, who is running against Lutes in the county supervisor race, made a campaign appearance at an Oath Keepers meeting, and in July, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, whose district includes Prescott, posed for a picture with a member of the Proud Boys at an event on the courthouse square.

Neither Oberg nor Gosar responded to requests for comment.

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Confronting Prescott's racial divide:
Why some don't feel welcome in 'Everybody's Hometown'

Arizona Republic

John D'Anna

October 11,2020

5enses interview with John Lutes

Oct 1, 2020

John Lutes, candidate for Yavapai County Supervisor for District 1, explains what the Board of Supervisors does and how it affects

Yavapai County residents, as well as his vision for the future,

including a comprehensive county-wide plan for water and growth.

 

Sponsored by: Van Gogh's Ear Gallery - http://www.vgegallery.com/

Yavapai County Democratic Party - https://www.yavdem.org/

Democratic Women of the Prescott Area - https://dwpaaz.org/

Prescott Indivisible - https://prescottindivisible.org/

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John Lutes: Our Water, Our Future

By Staff | on October 02, 2020 - Signals

John Lutes, who is running for Yavapai County Supervisor in District 1, released a new video entitled “Our Water, Our Future”. In Lutes’ words “Our Water, Our Future is a video that gives an overview on what I think is the most important topic facing us in Yavapai County. It is meant to open dialogue within our community about how we affect the world around us.” The video takes a look at water and growth in Yavapai County and the relationship of our aquifers to the Verde River. 

Edición impresa del 04 de septiembre 2020

September 4, 2020

 

 

To download and read this article click here

 

Keeping the public safe in everybody's hometown

Public statement on counter-demonstration in Prescott Sept. 4

September 8, 2020

I was disturbed to see images of angry men in camouflage wielding assault-style weapons on the courthouse square, harassing a student-led demonstration in support of Black Lives Matter. We promote ourselves as “everybody’s hometown,” and we should behave like it. The videos from the recent demonstration and counter-demonstration speak for themselves. It hurts downtown businesses to have open displays of aggression on the square. Prescott needs to be better than this.

 

Everyone has the right to peacefully gather and assemble, and Prescott’s courthouse square has been the site of many peaceful demonstrations. From homages to those killed at the Tree of Life synagogue to Gulf War protests, cultural festivals and Republican rallies, the square is a sacred space for diverse expression of civic life, and we need to keep it safe for everybody to use in “everybody’s hometown.”

To download this statement click here

 

The Justice Center is Funded Let's Move On 

August 30, 2020

I decided to run for County Supervisor in District 1 because I believe that I can be the kind of representative Yavapai County needs — one who listens to people and works toward solutions that are best for everyone. I also knew I could communicate those ideas, decisions and solutions clearly to my constituents.

 

I was concerned when I learned that the County was going forward with a plan to secure a $65 million bond when we were just becoming aware of the spreading global pandemic. The move seemed ill-advised, along with the property tax increase to pay for it, which came as a rude surprise for many, struck me as a potential blow when our people could least afford it. But the board finalized the bond in April and has proceeded with plans to build the new criminal justice center in Prescott. So I took the next few months to investigate the plans and expand my view, taking time to listen to both critics and supporters of the project.

To download this statement click here

 

John Lutes: The Justice Center is Funded Let's Move On 

Signals Arizona

August 28, 2020

I decided to run for County Supervisor in District 1 because I believe that I can be the kind of representative Yavapai County needs — one who listens to people and works toward solutions that are best for everyone. I also knew I could communicate those ideas, decisions and solutions clearly to my constituents.

 

I was concerned when I learned that the County was going forward with a plan to secure a $65 million bond when we were just becoming aware of the spreading global pandemic. The move seemed ill-advised, along with the property tax increase to pay for it, which came as a rude surprise for many, struck me as a potential blow when our people could least afford it. But the board finalized the bond in April and has proceeded with plans to build the new criminal justice center in Prescott. So I took the next few months to investigate the plans and expand my view, taking time to listen to both critics and supporters of the project.

Read Article click here

 

The Smart Choice Is Requiring Masks

June 24, 2020

We can save lives and save our local businesses,

but to do it we have to be smart, disciplined and

work together to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

It's clear that some of our leaders have misunderstood

the nature of the threat. On February 26 our national

leader told us that there were only 15 US cases and

within a few days that would fall to zero.

Four months later we have 2.3 million cases and 122,000 dead. 

To download this statement click here

 

John Lutes wants to help lead the Conversation in Governing the

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors

By David Gordon May 20, 2020

John Lutes is a fixture of the Prescott Community

A successful businessman on Whiskey Row for over 40 years,

first with the McMahon’s Furniture Store and then later with

Arts Prescott Co-op and the Van Gogh’s Ear Art Gallery,

Mr. Lutes has also devoted considerable time to assisting

local non-profit organizations.

 Read entire interview at Blog for Arizona

April 1, 2020

For immediate release

Contact: Steven Ayres, Communications

John Lutes for Yavapai County Supervisor

928-776-4576

Lutes4YCbos.com

 

John Lutes Drops Signatures for Supervisor; District 1 Campaign Begins in Earnest

 

PRESCOTT—John Lutes, running for Supervisor in Yavapai County District 1, delivered 289 signatures to the County Recorder's office on March 18, officially launching his campaign. Under the statewide shelter-in-place order related to the Covid-19 pandemic, he faces challenges in devising new ways to reach voters and communicate his concerns about some County projects, including the new justice center proposal.

Read entire statement here.

Statement on Covid19 from Yavapai County Democratic Party Chair John Lutes

March 14, 2020

The Yavapai County Democrats support the efforts by Congressional Democrats to have the federal government provide assistance to those who find their livelihoods and housing threatened by work stoppages related to the coronavirus pandemic.

So far we in northern Arizona are experiencing relatively low risk from the virus, but we should expect that it will come and plan accordingly, including the avoidance of large public meetings.

 

Read entire statement here

Read Official Statement for Arizona Democratic Party

John Lutes Announces Campaign for Yavapai District One Supervisor

By Kristina Abbey | January 15, 2020

The packed room stood and cheered as longtime Whiskey Row merchant John Lutes announced his candidacy for election as Yavapai County District One Supervisor to a meeting of local Democrats on January 9.

Read entire article here.

As a gallery owner and businessman on Whiskey Row for over forty years I have seen our county change. Decades ago, I stated that I wanted to see as many art galleries as bars in downtown Prescott. This vision has come to pass, and I am delighted in the atmosphere that has developed in downtown Prescott. The charm of the courthouse square has anchored Prescott and Yavapai County as a tourist destination and our local businesses are better for it. Our charm, and our economy is protected, and nourished by the sense of safety people feel when they are in Prescott. We need to keep this aspect of our town alive as we grow into the future.

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Times are challenging, but we

can maintain a vision for the future.

October 13, 2020 - Copperstate News

John Lutes

for Yavapai County Board of Supervisors

PO Box 4415 • Prescott • Arizona • 86302

info@Lutes4YCbos.com

www.Lutes4YCbos.com

Paid for by Lutes for Yavapai County Board of Supervisors

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