Voters will have the chance to meet the candidates competing in upcoming municipal elections during two candidate forums, one in Carbondale and one Silt.
The 2014 Carbondale Town Trustee Candidate Forum is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 10, in the Calaway Room of the Third Street Center in Carbondale.
Written questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sopris Sun is mediating the forum and will choose the questions to be submitted to the candidates.
Three trustee seats and the mayor’s are up in this mail-ballot election. Mayor Stacey Bernot is seeking re-election unopposed. For the three open trustee seats, incumbent John Frost (Frosty) Merriott is seeking re-election, and Katrina Byars, Wayne Horak and Alexander Hobbs have submitted petitions. Incumbent trustee John Foulkrod is term-limited, and trustee Elizabeth Murphy is not running again.
Each seat is for a four-year term. There are no ballot questions.
The 2014 Silt Candidate Forum is being put on by the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, at Silt Town Hall trustee chambers. Cheryl Chandler, of Cheryl and Co. Real Estate, will moderate the forum.
There are two mayoral candidates seeking one open seat — Rick Aluise and Mark S. Anderson. Six candidates are running for three open trustee seats. Candidates are D. Aron Diaz, Dave Moore, Dylan Lewis, Paul Taylor, J.J. Tucker and Bryan Fleming.
All terms are for four years. The election is mail-ballot.
The town has one ballot question asking voters whether the positions of town treasurer, police chief and town clerk should fall under the direct supervision of the town administrator instead of the Board of Trustees.
The Rifle chamber is asking that questions be submitted in advance from the general public. Submissions may be sent to email@example.com with the subject line: Silt Candidate Forum Question. Please submit your question and indicate which candidate the question is for. Candidates will not be informed of the questions in advance, and the moderator will have full discretion as to the questions they pose.
Time permitting, the live audience will be allowed to ask questions. The public is invited.