Scott Jablow to be sworn in as Sedona mayor

Lacey Latch
Arizona Republic
Former Vice Mayor Scott Jablow is scheduled to be sworn in as Sedona’s new mayor this week.

Former Vice Mayor Scott Jablow is scheduled to be sworn in as Sedona’s new mayor this week after earning more than 56% of the vote during the midterm election.

Challenger Samaire Armstrong conceded the race in social media posts on Nov. 9 as results were still trickling in.

“While it looks as if we did not get the results we hoped for, our intention behind the gathering of collective energy and intention remains. We continue to push forward,” Armstrong wrote.

“I pray Mr. Jablow leads with integrity and open mindedness to the half of the community whose votes he did not receive,” he wrote.

The debates between the two candidates leading up to Election Day were often tense as they seemed to largely agree on the city’s biggest problems, including housing, tourism and the environment, but differed greatly when it came to deciding the best way forward.

Sedona Vice Mayor Scott Jablow and candidate Samaire Armstrong

Jablow said the City Council is already talking about potential housing solutions, including a possible $20 million purchase of the rundown Sedona Cultural Park to be redeveloped into low-income housing.

Jablow said he is committed to reaching out to the people who might not have voted for him and he’s already started speaking with different people throughout the community.

“I want to really hear what they are looking for,” he said.

Through these conversations, Jablow said, he’s also learned that a lot of times, people just aren’t fully informed about ongoing city efforts and projects.

“I'm disappointed in us as a city for not being able to communicate better on things we're doing and how we're doing it,” he said, which he intends to improve moving forward.

A record number of ballots were cast in Sedona’s mayoral race this year: 5,730 total votes across both Yavapai and Coconino counties. This year’s turnout was a 46% increase from the turnout in the August 2020 mayoral election and a 187% increase from votes cast in August 2016.

“People seem to realize that they need to be more engaged in their city and I’m proud of that,” Jablow said of the turnout. “I’m proud that we had people step up and vote, step up and attend the debates and engage.”

Jablow and his wife retired to Sedona in 2010 after the conclusion of his 30-year career as a police officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and he has been serving the community in some capacity for the past decade.

After first being appointed to the city Planning and Zoning Commission in 2011, he then served on the Fire District Governing Board before being elected to the City Council in 2014 where he was ultimately appointed as vice mayor six years later.

Jablow will be officially sworn in at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at City Hall, 102 Roadrunner Drive.

Contact northern Arizona reporter Lacey Latch at llatch@gannett.com or on social media @laceylatch. Coverage of northern Arizona on azcentral.com and in The Arizona Republic is funded by the nonprofit Report for America and a grant from the Vitalyst Health Foundation in association with The Arizona Republic.