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GOP 2023 Elected Candidates

GOP 2023 Elected Candidates

Prescott Mayor

Phil Goode

Objectives – Why Phil is Running for Re-election as Mayor



  • Balance small town feel with modest growth, smart economic development, low taxes, limited government, strong public safety services
  • Slow down unrestricted growth that diminishes Prescottonians’ quality of life
  • Continue to improve the conservative management of our precious water resources, not providing water outside city limits and continue crafting an effective water policy to manage our growth
  • Support quality commercial air service at Prescott Regional Airport with protections from residential encroachment growth challenges
  • Continue payments to ensure no future liability growth of Prescott’s PSPRS full-pension funding while advocating for state legislature investment reform
  • Continue to support business incubator startups, satellite facilities and high-tech business park for high-paying jobs around our airport
  • Support local small business through smart economic development policies
  • Initiate coordination with neighboring towns and Yavapai County to ensure a prosperous future for all
  • Encourage expansion of local healthcare options

Prescott City Council - 2 Year Seat

Connie Cantelme

Connie has devoted many years of volunteer service to the city of Prescott, the Prescott community and to statewide organizations, including the City of Prescott Homeless Solutions Committee, the City of Prescott Economic Advisory Committee, the City of Prescott Sober Living Homes Ad Hoc Committee, the City of Prescott Advisory and Appeals Board and the City Block Grant (CBDG) Committee. She also was appointed to the Yavapai County Comprehensive Plan review committee 2032.

Connie has a background in general contracting, custom home building and design, historic home renovation, and consulting. She has purchased and renovated 13 historic homes in the Prescott Historic District.

Prescott City Council - 4 Year Seat

Lois Fruhwirth

“A Proven Leader FOR Prescott” Lois is running to protect our quality of life while ensuring a vibrant future. With a 34-year career at P&G as a supply chain executive, Lois brings skills including strategic planning, budget oversight, and economic development.

A Citizens Academy graduate, she served on Prescott’s Library Board and as a classroom volunteer at Lincoln Elementary. She’s a Guest Lecturer at UA’s Eller Business School. Elected County Chairman of the Yavapai County Republicans (’21-’22), Lois’ term set records in fundraising, registration and local wins.

Lois’ experience and skills make her an ideal fit for Prescott City Council.

Ted Gambogi

I was born in Philadelphia and grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood in South Jersey. After a BSME & BA from Rutgers I joined Caterpillar, lived in 6 states, & 2 foreign countries, Malaysia & Singapore. In 2013 my wife, Tik, & I moved to Prescott after experiencing the benefits of mile high cities like Albuquerque & Kunming China.

I serve as Vice-Chair of Planning & Zoning, Chair the 2025 General Plan, City Charter Review member, Secretary of the YMCA Board of Directors & AZGFD Hunter Education Instructor.

In 1989 I completed an Ironman triathlon and exercise to this day.

Cathey Rusing

I was born at Walter Reed Army Hospital. My father was career Air Force. We “landed” in Arizona in 1965, and I’ve been an “Arizona Girl” ever since. 

I graduated from UofA with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and soon married long time Prescott resident D. Tom Rusing. I worked 10 years as an RN. 

We returned to Prescott to raise our family and start a surgical practice in 1986. We are the proud parents of 3 boys. There are 4 generations of Rusings living in Prescott.