Election nears for municipalities
Spring elections for municipalities in Grand County are right around the corner. Election Day for both Granby and Grand Lake is scheduled for Tuesday April 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Granby’s election in 2016 is a mail ballot only election. To be officially counted all ballots must be received at the Granby Town Hall by 7 p.m. on April 5. Voters can mail their ballots in or drop them off in person at Granby Town Hall. Ballots can be dropped off in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. On Election Day, April 5, the Granby Town Hall will be accepting ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Ballots for the election were mailed out to registered voters back in mid-March. So far this year Granby Town Clerk Deb Hess has received 166 cast ballots. A total of 1,063 ballots were mailed out to registered electors. The number of ballots received by Granby this election already exceeds the number of votes cast in the 2014 municipal election which saw a total of 146 ballots cast. The 2014 election was conducted at a polling station and was not a mail ballot election.
Granby has five seats open for election on the Board of Trustees this April. The community will look to elect a new mayor to a four-year term and four Trustees, of which three Trustee seats are for four-year terms and one Trustee seat is for a two-year term. The top three vote receiving Trustee candidates will be awarded four-year terms while the fourth highest receiver of votes will be awarded a two-year term.
Mayoral candidates for Granby in 2016 include: Richard Broady, Paul Chavoustie and David Lockwood. Trustee candidates for Granby in 2016 include: Bethany Hardy, Jane Harmon, Rebecca Johnson, Greg Mordini, Nicholas Raible and Paul Robertson.
The Town of Grand Lake’s municipal election is being conducted using a polling station located inside Grand Lake Town Hall. Grand Lake electors can vote in person at Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday April 5, 2016. Early absentee voting for residents of Grand Lake started on Thursday March 24. Early absentee voting will be conducted throughout this week at the Grand Lake Town Hall polling station with Friday April 1 being the last day folks can take advantage of the early voting opportunity.
As of March 15, 2016 the Town of Grand Lake had 377 registered voters. The last election held by the Town was conducted in 2014 and was a non-mayoral election. In that election the Town of Grand Lake saw a total of 99 ballots cast. The 2012 municipal election in Grand Lake was canceled and no voting statistics were available for that year.
Next week Grand Lake will look to fill five seats on the Town Board. Local residents will get to cast their vote for Town Mayor as well as four open 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.
Running for Mayor in Grand Lake in 2016 are Judy Burke and James Peterson. Candidates for Town Trustee include: Dustin Barnes, Jim Gasner, Tom Goodfellow, Stephan Kudron and Kathy Lewis.
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