Grand County municipal election round-up
This April, residents of three towns in Grand County will choose local representatives to serve on the respective boards and council that govern the municipalities.
The towns of Fraser, Grand Lake, Kremmling and Winter Park scheduled elections on April 7. However, Fraser will likely cancel its election due a lack of candidates. The Fraser Board of Trustees will vote on canceling the election on Feb. 19.
Only people registered within each town’s boundaries can vote in the municipal elections. Check your status here: https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/vote/VoterHomeMobile.htm
Only four residents filed to run for the three trustee seats and the mayor role, meaning all four will be seated on the board.
Mayor Philip Vandernail will remain in the position as the only candidate to run for mayor. Two other town trustees who filed for re-election, Eileen Waldow and Parnell Quinn, will also keep their seats.
Finally Brian Cerkvenik will join the board in the place of Trustee Herb Meyring, who did not file for reelection.
Two residents are vying for the mayor’s job and five people are going for four open seats on the board.
Running for mayor are Steve Kudron and Robert Canon. The five board candidates are Tom Weydert, Ernie Bjorkman, Jonah Landy, Melissa Ratzmann and Michael Arntson.
The top three vote-getters will be elected to full four year board terms while the fourth place vote-getter will fill the two years remaining in the term vacated by Phyllis Price in November.
Unlike the other towns, Grand Lake doesn’t mail out ballots, except absentee and overseas ballots, and instead has in-person polling at the town hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Four residents are running for three town board seats, including incumbents Dave Sammons and Jason Wikberg.
Also running are Peter Moschonas and Jim Miller. Gina Schroeder is not running for reelection.
Kremmling is also the only town that will be asking its residents ballot questions, both of which center around repealing the town’s ban on cannabis retailers. Voters will decide whether to lift the ban, as well as set a special sales tax rate for retail cannabis sales.
Residents will receive their ballots in the mail and can mail them back or drop them off at the town hall until 7 p.m. April 7.
Four seats on the Winter Park Town Council are up for grabs in April and seven candidates will compete in the election.
Incumbents Mayor Jimmy Lahrman and council member Mike Periolat have decided to vie to keep their seats on the board, while council members Chuck Banks and Jim Myers will not run again.
Residents Mike Davlin, Robert ‘Al’ Furlone, Prescott ‘Scott’ Sutcliffe, Jeremy Henn and Jennifer Hughes are also running for council.
The Winter Park Town Council appoints the mayor following the election.
Like Grand Lake, Winter Park does not mail out ballots, but has an in-person polling station at the town hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs
The towns of Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs have their municipal elections in November to coincide with the national election. More information will be available closer to November.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misspelled Robert Furlone’s name.
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