It’s election season in Silt, Parachute |

It’s election season in Silt, Parachute

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The towns of Silt and Parachute will be holding municipal elections on April 6, under procedures that are similar, but different.

In Parachute, the election will be held on election day, and voters will be asked to cast their ballots at the town hall polling place.

In Silt, it is to be a mail-in ballot, in which ballots will be sent to all registered voters between March 16 and March 19. Completed ballots must be back at town hall by 7 p.m. on election day.

Both towns are offering absentee balloting for residents who will not be home for the election process.

For potential candidates, nominating petitions are now available in both towns, and candidates are required to gather a minimum of 25 signatures from qualified electors.

For candidates in Silt, petitions must be turned in to the Silt Town Hall by Feb. 25, while Parachute candidates have until March 5 to turn in their nominating petitions to town hall.

The deadline for registering to vote in the municipal elections, in both towns, is March 8.

The election in Silt is for three of the six trustee seats and the mayor’s position. All incumbents – Mayor Dave Moore and council members Bobby Hays, Meredith Robinson and Doug Williams – have picked up petitions to run for re-election.

In Parachute, four of the six trustee seats, as well as the mayor’s job, are up for grabs. The incumbents are Mayor Judy Beasley and council members Candy Allbee, Travis Sproles, Teresa Hatzenbeller and John Yadloski – all of whom reportedly are running for re-election.

Parachute Administrator Bob Knight said the reason so many council seats are open is that most of the incumbents were appointed to fill seats vacated by departing community members over the past couple of years.

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