Municipal elections loom in Fraser, Winter Park
February 13, 2008
The towns of Fraser and Winter Park are gearing up for April’s municipal elections.
Candidate’s guides, which include nomination petition forms, are available for the town of Fraser. Winter Park’s guides will be available Friday.
Fraser’s nomination petition forms can be picked up in the town clerk’s office at Town Hall between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Winter Park’s petition forms can be picked up at Town Hall (starting Friday) any weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until March 7.
Mayor Fran Cook and three trustees are up for election ” Vesta Shapiro, Joyce Burford and Eric Hoyhtya. All terms are four-year terms, and board members receive compensation of $100 for each regular or special board of trustee’s meeting they attend. The mayor is compensated $120 for each meeting. There is no compensation for workshops.
The Fraser town board meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. To qualify as a candidate, one must be a citizen of the U.S., a qualified elector for the town of Fraser, and must have resided in Fraser for at least one year.
Nomination petition forms must be filed with the town clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 29. The petition must be signed by at least 10 qualified and registered electors.
Fraser’s elections take place at Fraser Town Hall on April 1 from 7 am. to 7 p.m. For more information, stop by Town Hall or call Town Clerk Lu Berger at (970) 726-5491, ext. 201.
Winter Park races
Since Winter Park is a home-rule municipality, it plays by a few different rules.
To vote, one must register with the town of Winter Park, and that can only be done through Town Hall, explained Town Clerk Patti Garcia.
“Registering to vote at the county does not make a person registered to vote in Winter Park,” she added. “Pursuant to the town of Winter Park Charter, if a registered voter did not vote in the last municipal election, their name was purged from the voter registration records and they will need to come and register again.”
Since the town’s election takes place April 8, which is the middle of East Grand School District’s spring break. Garcia also encourages people to request an absent voter application so they don’t miss their opportunity to participate in the election.
There are four town council members up for re-election on Winter Park’s town board: Chris Seemann, Mike Periolat, Jim Myers and Rusty Thompson. Three are four-year terms and one is a two-year term.
Council members receive $200 for each regular or special council meeting they attend. The mayor is paid $400 for each meeting. There is no compensation for workshops.
The Winter Park Town Council meets the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. and on the third Tuesday of each month at 8 a.m. Work sessions are held on the first Tuesday of each month from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
To be a candidate, one must be a citizen of the U.S., a qualified elector of the town of Winter Park, and must have resided in the town for at least one year. The petition must be signed by at least 10 qualified and duly registered electors of Winter Park.
Information about the election will be available on the town’s Web site, winterparkgov.com. The Web site will include a list of current registered voters as well as the absent voter application that can be mailed to town hall.
Nomination petitions must be turned in to the town clerk by March 7.