Meet the Council Finalists: Connie Cantelme Featured

Meet Constance Cantelme


Big Idea:

  • Connie Cantelme is interested in historic preservation and economic development
  • She has owned several successful businesses
  • She has resided in Prescott for 16 years
  • During that time, she has been very involved in City boards and commissions
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Five Finalists, including Constance (Connie) Cantelme, are vying for the Council seat vacated by Councilwoman Billie Orr.


We will be providing you with the information from the candidate applications - one per day for the rest of the week. 

Although asked, none of the finalists have been convicted or under indictment of any felonies or class 1 misdemeanor offenses, so we did not include their answers on that section. If they added a resumé or note at the end, we have included that, too. 


The finalists will be interviewed publicly is a special Council meeting on February 16.

Name: Constance (Connie) Cantelme

Employer: Self-Employed, work part time

If retired, former employer: Keswick Construction, 40 years

Have you been a registered voter in the city of Prescott for at least one year? Yes

How long have you resided in Prescott? 16 years


Briefly state your reasons and desire for wanting to serve on the City Council. Please include special interests, abilities, skills or contacts that could benefit the City Council: 


I live in the historic area (downtown) and have owned 3 businesses in the Prescott area. I have been involved for many years in the Preservation and Economic Development of our beautiful city. In my professional career, I have started and operated 4 total businesses. All have been very successful. The skills that I have developed over a 40 year career serve as a catalyst to be part of a team for the betterment of Prescott. My background in construction and economic development and vision could be a benefit to the overall future direction we are moving in currently. 



What civic and/or professional organizations are you presently involved with?

Member of:

Friends of Prescott Airport, FOPA

Yavapai Community Foundation

Board Member PCCTH HOA


List your previous experience on a city/town council or advisory group/board/commission/committee in Prescott or elsewhere: 

Member of:

Phoenix Arts Commission

Prescott CBDG

Prescott Economic Advisory Board

Prescott Homeless Salutions Ad Hoc Committee

Prescott Advisory and Appeals

Prescott Sober Living Homes Ad Hoc Committee


Describe your understanding of the function and purpose of the City Council:


My understanding of the function of the Prescott City Council is to understand the issues, both good and bad, that arise and provide guidance and potential solutions to resolve or enhance the City and it’s businesses and residents. The Council represents the taxpayers and residents and should vote for the betterment of the community.


State your understanding of the City Budget and the Budget process: 


My understanding of the budget and its' process is to analyze the incoming potential revenue and expected expenditures, making sure the budget can be balanced. If there is extra money in the general fund, the Council, Mayor and City staff can participate in discussion of where monies should be spent, keeping in mind where the money is best spent for the betterment of the community. Items such as infrastructure, economic development, services should all be considered. The budget greatly affects the taxpayer and citizens of Prescott.


What is your vision for the City of Prescott over the next 10 years?


My vision for the city, for the future, is economic success, preservation of our historic past, keeping our millennial, controlled growth, enhanced infrastructure and working on our transportation issues. Emphasis on water preservation is also a concern. 




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