Many town board seats are up in April election
Ryan Summerlin February 5, 2014
Important election dates
Feb. 10: Date candidates can pick up and start circulating nomination petitions (Winter Park is Feb. 17)
Feb. 28: Nomination petitions due (Winter Park is March 7)
March 28: Absentee ballot applications due
April 1: Election (Winter Park is April 8)
The upcoming April 1 election has numerous board seats opening up in each municipality.
Residents wanting to run for positions must obtain nomination petitions from municipalities to obtain at least 10 signatures from registered town voters to qualify for vacancies. Town clerks recommend individuals obtain more than 10 required signatures. The nomination petitions can be picked up starting on Feb. 10, and must be returned by close of business day on Feb. 28, with all of the required signatures. (See “Winter Park” for home-rule dates)
All municipalities in Grand County will operate April’s election as a polling election due to a change in the way clerks conduct mail-ballot elections in accordance with House Bill 13-1303. Ever-changing legislation on the matter has forced local clerks to hold off on mail-ballot elections this April, until legislative bills settle and requirements are understood. In essence, mail-in voters on county registration lists must request absentee ballots through municipalities. Absentee ballot applications are due back to towns no later than March 28.
Since Winter Park is a home-rule town, it has different election-related dates than other municipalities in Grand County. Those interested in running for the board can start circulating petitions starting on Feb. 17, which must be returned by the close of business on March 7. Winter Park’s election is on April 8. Winter Park will have four vacancies up for grabs during April’s election. Three of the positions will be four-year terms, while the fourth will be a two-year term. The candidate with the fourth highest number of votes will receive the two-year term position while the candidates with the three highest votes will receive the four-year terms. The board members whose positions will be open include Vince Turner, Barbara Atwater, Mike Periolat, and Katie Riemenschneider.
Fraser will have four positions open on their town board and all of the open positions are four-year term positions. Steve Sumrall, Vesta Shapiro, Cheri Sanders, and Adam Cwiklin currently hold the positions that will open.
Three positions will open on the town board in Granby, all of which are four-year terms.
Deborah Shaw, Kenneth Coatney, and Charles LaBrake currently hold the positions that will open for the April election.
Grand Lake will have three, four-year term seats opening up for the election.
Tom Ludwig, Jim Peterson, and Tom Weydert currently hold the positions that will be opening up.
Hot Sulphur Springs
Hot Sulphur Spring’s board will have four positions up in April’s election, as well as the mayor’s position. Hershal Deputy is currently the mayor of Hot Sulphur Springs and the positions on the board up for election include those currently held by Dan Nolan, Heather Peck, Robert McVay, and LucyMeirose. Meirose recently resigned from her position on the board of trustees due to medical issues, so her seat will remain unfilled until April’s election.
Kremmling will have four positions opening up including three spots on the town board and the mayor’s seat. Tom Clark is currently the mayor of Kremmling and the positions on the town board up for election are held by Grant Burger III, Scott Crandall, and Wes Howell.
Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334