Municipal elections are set to take place on April 3
February 28, 2012
Races in Grand County towns are shaping up as follows so far.GranbyFive board members of the Granby Town Board are up for election this year.The terms of Mayor Jynnifer Pierro and trustees Elaine Henrekin, David Miller, Greg Guthridge and Greg Mordini end in April, but thus far, no challengers have filed petitions, according to town Clerk Deb Hess.Pierro, Henrekin, Miller and Mordini have picked up packets and may be circulating their petitions, Hess said. When contacted on Monday, Guthridge said he is still undecided about entering the race for another term.”Right now, I’m leaning not to run,” he said. The mayoral term is four years, and of the four trustee positions open, the first three top vote-getters will serve four-year terms and the fourth-highest vote-getter will serve a two-year term, which is the remainder of former trustee Ed Raffety’s term.The Town of Granby is doing a Mail Ballot Election this year. There will be a secure drop-off box inside the Town Hall for people who want to drop off their return ballots instead of sending them by mail, or for people who didn’t receive a mail ballot because they were inactive on the voter registration list.For those who want to go to the Town Hall and vote their ballot they received by mail, there will be a booth set up for them to do so. The Town hall is open for ballot drop-offs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, April 3.Grand Lake Mayor Judy Burke and trustees Benton Johnson, Elmer Lanzi, Kathy Lewis and Tom Ludwig are all up for election in April. So far, according to town Clerk Ronda Kolinske, only Mayor Burke has returned her nominating petition to the Town Hall to seal her candidacy for the seat, a four-year term. All incumbents have petitions in their possession, Kolinske said, and possible challenger Jim Gasner has also picked up a petition to circulate.Johnson is not running for re-election, according to Kolinske.All trustee seats are four-year terms. The seat of write-in elected trustee David Gibbons, who later resigned, was filled by appointed trustee Tom Ludwig. Ludwig’s seat is up for re-election for the remaining two years of the four-year term.The candidate with the least number of votes will be appointed the two-year term.This year’s April 3 election will be a polling place election, taking place at the town hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.The ballot will consist of voting for trustees and the mayoral seat, with no other ballot questions. Hot Sulphur SpringsThe three board members up for election in Hot Sulphur Springs are Kathy Knight, Robert Shirley, and Lucy Meirose. So far, Hot Sulphur Springs town Clerk Sandy White has received nomination petitions from Knight and challenger Lori Baumgardner.Besides the candidates for trustee, there will be no other questions on the 2012 ballot. Hot Sulphur Springs is having its first mail ballot election. Mail ballot packets will only be mailed to active registered voters within the town of Hot Sulphur Springs. Those ballots can be returned by mail or dropped off at town hall during business hours 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday- Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, April 3. All seats up for election are four-year terms.Although there is a recall petition circulating to recall Mayor Hershal Deputy, the recall election will not coincide with the April 3 election due to its 60-day time period for circulation plus a 15-day protest period overlapping with the town’s need to print mail ballots for the April 3 election, according to White. The petition to recall Deputy is due into the town on March 12.A special election to recall the mayor may cost about $2,000, White estimated. Without a recall, Deputy’s term expires in 2014.KremmlingThe Town of Kremmling has five trustee seats up for election. Ken Bentler, Rachel Killinen (who was just appointed to the board recently), Mark Mahorney, Jason Wikberg and Erik Woog are those whose terms are expiring this April. So far, the Kremmling Town Hall has received only one candidacy petition from challenger Al Dvorak. Up for election are three four-year terms and two two-year terms, with the candidates receiving the most votes assigned the four-year seats.Other than trustee elections, there are no other questions on Kremmling’s municipal ballot this year.The town is conducting a mail ballot election. Ballots will be accepted at Town Hall during normal business hours, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. FraserThe mayor and four trustee positions are open: Eric Hoyhtya, Philip Naill, Vesta Shapiro and Scotty Brent’s terms are up for re-election. One petition has been returned by Naill, and Peggy Smith, a Fraser trustee whose term is not expiring, has submitted her bid for mayor, which is a four-year term. Mayor Fran Cook will not be running for re-election. After two terms as mayor it’s time for a fresh perspective, Cook said.”It’s been an honor to be mayor and it’s been a privilege to serve on the board. It’s been a very gratifying two terms both from working with the fantastic officials and staff we have,” she said. “It’s a feeling you are really giving back to your community. I feel quite blessed.”Cook served as a trustee until 2004 when she was appointed as mayor by the board. There are no ballot questions being posed in Fraser besides the trustee elections.Fraser is conducting a mail ballot election this April. Ballots will be mailed to all active registered voters between March 12 and March 16. Ballots may be returned by mail or in person to town hall, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at any time prior to Election Day. Electors may drop off their ballot at that location on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Requests for replacement ballots may be made at Town Hall on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition, requests for absentee ballots may also be made at Town Hall during normal business hours. Winter ParkThe Town of Winter Park has four council positions open: Katie Riemenschneider, Mayor Jim Myers, Chris Seemann, and Jimmy Lahrman are all up for re-election. Seemann and Lahrman already have filed their petitions to run again.Myers’ mayoral position is not an elected position in Winter Park. His seat on the council is open and the mayor will be chosen by the council. Besides selecting council members in the upcoming April election, voters will also decide on a referred measure regarding the continuation of the 1 percent sales and lodging tax. Additional ballot measures are scheduled to be discussed at the upcoming Town Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. on March 6.The polling location on Election Day is at Winter Park Town Hall.
Special district electionsMarch 2 – Last day for a candidate to file petition (prior to 3 p.m.) to run for electionMarch 5 – Last day for a write-in candidate to declare candidacyApril 9 – Last day to register to voteMay 4 – Last day to request an absentee mail-in ballotMay 8 – Election DayFraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation DistrictGreg Gallavan and John Kacik are both up for re-election. They have both filed their self-nomination forms with the county.Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation DistrictTwo seats are up for election on the Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District board. Because of being term-limited, board member John Gould will not be running again. Candidate George Coolin has turned in his petition and will be running for the board. Board member Donnie Summers is the sole member up for re-election, but there has not yet been indication he is running again for the office.Potential candidates can pick up nominating petitions at the golf course. The last day to file the petition is Friday, March 2.