Snowmass Village recall election set for Oct. 13
August 31, 2015
An election to recall Snowmass Village Councilman Chris Jacobson is now officially set for Oct. 13.
The Town Council voted 4-0 Monday in favor of setting the date, an action prompted by a successful residents' petition effort. The election will be mail-in, and ballots will be sent out Sept. 21.
Jacobson was absent from Monday's meeting as well as last week's, both special meetings scheduled for the Town Council to work through the review of an application to amend current development approvals for Base Village. Jacobson told the council he would be taking a two-week vacation and returning Sept. 15; his absence last week was for another reason.
After the recall petition was verified as having the required number of signatures and a 15-day protest period passed with none filed, the petition was deemed sufficient Aug. 24, Jacobson had a five-day window in which he could have resigned from office and avoid the election.
In keeping with his statements thus far in the process, Jacobson did not tender his resignation, and so it was up to the council Monday to call for the election.
On the recall ballot, voters will be asked whether Jacobson should be recalled from office and also, regardless of their response, to choose a successor from a list of candidates.
Planning Commissioner Tom Goode has submitted the required nominating petition to run as a candidate on the recall ballot. Fellow commissioner Jamie Knowlton and resident Richard Goodwin, who has a lawsuit pending against the town and the Town Council, have picked up candidate forms.
The deadline for candidates to submit nominating forms is 5 p.m. Sept. 11. Candidate forms are available from Town Clerk Rhonda Coxon.
Coxon reminded residents during Monday's meeting to check their voter registration status online at http://www.pitkinvotes.org. Residents who will be out of town during the election process can provide a forwarding address there as well, she said.
The recall election will be the first of two elections for Snowmass Village voters this fall, with the other being the general election. Pitkin County and the state of Colorado will put questions to voters during a coordinated election in November.
Because of Jacobson's and two other council members' absences, the council moved a scheduled special meeting Sept. 14 and 15.