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Grand Lake preps for spring elections

A new year is right around the corner and 2016 means election season.

While many in the nation are already transfixed by the Presidential election, which began taking shape nearly a year ago with announcements from Republicans in the spring of 2015; 2016 will also see a multitude of state, county and local municipal elections.

Among the many local elections scheduled for the coming year the town of Grand Lake will hold elections for Grand Lake Town Mayor and four Trustee seats. Of the Trustee seats that will be up for election in 2016 three of the seats are for four-year terms while one of the seats is for a two-year term. The lowest vote tallied winning Trustee in the 2016 election will fill the two-year term. The Mayor of Grand Lake serves a four-year term.

The Grand Lake Town Trustees whose terms end next year include Trustee Kathy Lewis, Trustee Jim Gasner, Trustee Elmer Lanzi and Trustee Jeanie Baird; likewise the term for Grand Lake's current Mayor, Judy Burke, ends as well.

Trustee Elmer Lanzi and Trustee Jeanie Baird will not be seeking reelection. Baird resigned her position on the Board of Trustees during the Dec. Board meeting. Her resignation was prompted after Baird and her family moved outside the boundaries of Grand Lake proper, which requires Trustees be Grand Lake residents. Trustee Lanzi confirmed his decision not to seek reelection Monday Dec. 28.

"I will not be running again," Lanzi said. "I have served eight years. I loved it, I still love it but I think it is time for younger people who have a future in our community to step up."

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Grand Lake Mayor Judy Burke was undecided as to whether or not she would seek reelection.

"I need to make a decision somewhere around the fifth," Burke said. "But I have not made it yet."

Similarly both Trustee Lewis and Trustee Gasner were undecided regarding their possible election campaigns.

"I haven't made up my mind yet," said Trustee Lewis.

Trustee Gasner was also undecided as to whether or not he would campaign for a seat in municipal government this spring. He decided not to seek another term as a Trustee but may consider running for Mayor.

Election day for Grand Lake municipal elections is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Grand Lake's only election polling station will be located within the Board Room at Grand Lake Town Hall, 1026 Park Ave.

Anyone interested in running for office in Grand Lake must meet the following qualifications: a registered elector of the town of Grand Lake, at least 18 years of age on April 5, 2016, must have resided in Grand Lake for 12 consecutive months as of Monday, April 4, 2016, and may not run or hold two offices simultaneously.

To officially appear on the ballot a potential candidate must pick up a nominating petition from the Grand Lake Town Clerk. Nominating petitions can be circulated within the community from Jan. 5 to Jan. 25. The signed petitions must be returned to the Grand Lake Town Clerk by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 25. To qualify the petitions must be signed by at least 10 registered electors of the Town of Grand Lake. Registered electors who sign petitions may sign only one petition for each separate office.

Write-in candidates must file an Affidavit of Intent with the Town Clerk before March 15, 2016. Anyone interested in voting in the Grand Lake elections March 14, 2016 is the last day to establish residency in the State of Colorado to be qualified to vote. Absentee ballots and new voter registration forms are available at the Grand Lake Town Hall.

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