Hopefuls file for trustee seats in Carbondale, Silt
February 20, 2014
Silt will see a change in mayor after the April 1 election. Carbondale won't.
Thursday was the deadline to file petitions to run in the municipal elections and each town received enough petitions to fill the number of seats being vacated.
In Silt, Mayor Dave Moore is stepping down after two terms and is instead seeking a place on the town board as a trustee.
"I do believe there should be some kind of undeclared term limit," said Moore, who has been mayor for the past eight years. "I believe I could continue to do a good job as I've done in the past, but I believe Rick Aluise is very capable of being a good mayor. If I didn't think that, I'd run against him."
Aluise, who served as the town's administrator from 2002 to 2007, was elected to the board in 2010 during which time he has been mayor pro-tem. He is now seeking the mayor's seat, along with Mark Anderson.
Aluise said when he was first elected in 2010, the town's budget was operating in the red with a $276,000 deficit. It now has $1.8 million in reserves.
He has also been involved in helping to secure grant money and funds to put in new sidewalks and trails, complete the first phase of a skate park, establish an Urban Renewal Authority and bring in a Dollar Store. The town is also currently in negotiations to bring a new Subway to town as well as a 180-unit RV park with a zipline.
"I would like to continue with economic development and also work on getting a full-blown grocery store in Silt," Aluise said. "I'd like to improve our relationship with the county and continue to move forward with downtown improvements and working with the county and CDOT in constructing a trail out toward the high school."
Mark Anderson, a 22-year resident of Silt, who was born and raised in Rifle, has also submitted a petition for the mayor's seat. Although he does not have prior experience in public service, he believes in being involved in the community and giving everyone a chance to give their input.
"I think that maybe people need a choice and I'm at a point in my life that I have some time I can donate and do something for the community," Anderson said. "Public service is not something that needs to become a dynasty — we should let other people become involved and contribute because everyone has something to contribute."
Anderson stressed that he is not running "against" any other candidate, but "for" the town of Silt.
Those running for the three open trustee seats include incumbents, Paul Taylor and Bryan Fleming, and new candidates T.J. Tucker, Aron Diaz and Dylan Lewis.
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.
In Carbondale, Mayor Stacey Bernot will run unopposed for her seat. 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.
The town has no ballot questions.
The mayor and trustee seats in both municipalities are all for four-year-terms. Each petition must have at least 25 signatures by registered voters.
Both mail-ballot elections will be conducted on Tuesday, April 1.