Carbondale aims to get its elections back on cycle |

Carbondale aims to get its elections back on cycle

Jeremy Heiman
Special to the Post Independent

Carbondale voters will elect five candidates to the town’s board of trustees on April 6 from a field of 11 candidates.

Only three seats would ordinarily be open this year, but resignations have thrown the board off its regular cycle, in which three trustees are elected every two years, said Carbondale Town Clerk Suzanne Cerise. All trustee seats are at large ” they do not represent specific districts within the town.

Current Trustee Mark Whalen won a special election in April 2003 to replace resigning Trustee David Rippe. Rippe’s term would have expired this year, so Whalen must run again to defend the seat.

Trustee Andy Montoya resigned in December 2003, and Trustee Fred Williams resigned in January of this year to take a position as a Carbondale police officer. Their terms normally would have expired in 2006. Those positions have remained open until now, so the board has been operating with five members since the beginning of the year.

Trustee Susan Darrow’s second four-year term ends this year, and she is prevented by term limits from running again. A fifth seat up for election is now occupied by Russ Criswell, who is running for re-election.

Only Mayor Michael Hassig and trustee Scott Chaplin are not running to retain their seats this year. Their terms expire in 2006.

To bring the board back to a cycle in which three members are elected every two years, the town has adopted the following procedure: The three candidates receiving the most votes will win four-year terms, and the two candidates receiving the fourth- and fifth-highest numbers of votes will be elected to two-year terms.

Therefore, in 2006, two candidates elected this year will be up for re-election, if no one resigns in the meantime.

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