Former Silt town manager enters race for mayor
SILT Former town administrator Rick Aluise has tossed his hat into the ring for the position of mayor of Silt should current Mayor Dave Moore be recalled in the April municipal election.Aluise took out a petition application in mid-December, according to Silt town clerk Sheila McIntyre. He will need to submit 25 signatures from registered town voters and turn in the petition by Feb. 15.Along with Aluise, McIntyre said one other person has so far taken out a petition. McIntyre did not reveal the name of the other person, saying that it is not public record until the signed petition has been returned.Aluise worked for the town of Silt for six years and his wife, Janet, as the community development director for seven years. The couple resigned their positions in May 2007, but remained on a contract basis until their replacements could be found. Both their positions were filled on Sept. 4, 2007, with Betsy Suerth becoming town administrator and Gale Carmoney taking the community development director job.Aluise declined to comment at this time on the exact reason for his or his wifes resignations.Aluise said his decision to run for mayor was prompted by encouragement from constituents.A lot of people have asked me to run and I already have almost all the signatures I need, he said. I think a change in the mayors position is in the best interest of the town at this critical state of Silts development. I finally agreed to run.Following their resignations with the town, the Aluises opened Silt Discount Liquor four months ago in the Silt Trade Center.Moore, who was elected in 2006, said he thinks Aluise as mayor would have conflicts of interest at this time.It would add a complication to the administration of town business because as the past administrator, he touched everything that came across his desk and many applicants would feel they were not getting a fair shake, Moore said. I think he would be very handicapped because of his involvement in projects in the last five to six years and as mayor, he would be required to recuse himself. I think there would be multiple conflicts of interest.Aluise recently expressed opposition to a liquor license application submitted by B&L Liquor Depot, LLC, which applied for a license with the town in November and was turned down. The applicants have since filed a civil lawsuit in the 9th Judicial District Court, saying trustees were improperly influenced by Aluise which he denies.A petition seeking Moores recall was filed in September 2007, claiming that he had violated state statutes, town ordinances and codes of conduct.The committee that spearheaded the petition to recall Moore, headed by Mayor Pro Tem Tod Tibbetts, say they stand behind Aluise. Tibbetts was initially expected to submit his own petition to run for mayor, but has voiced support of Aluise in a website blog maintained by his wife, Peggy.I am pleased that a candidate of Ricks caliber has stepped forward to run for mayor, Tibbetts wrote. If I were to run and win, my trustee seat would be vacated and open for appointment. I strongly believe the voters of Silt should elect their town officials and not appoint them. This is great news for the town of Silt and reclaiming open government. I will work hard to see that Rick Aluise is elected mayor.Aluise said he believes he would be a good candidate for mayor, bringing his experience and knowledge of town business to the table.I have a knowledge of all the issues and a greater knowledge than other people would have about developments, oil and gas issues and the financial status of the town, he said. I also know the other (town board) members.However, Moore said he is confident he will not be recalled in the April 1 municipal election.I will be campaigning shortly, but Im already overwhelmed with the support Im receiving, he said. Im confident I will win.Contact Heidi Rice: email@example.com
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