Towns choose leaders today
Polls are open until 7 p.m. for today’s municipal elections in Carbondale, New Castle, Silt, Parachute and Marble.
With three mayoral candidates and nine candidates vying for three seats, Carbondale’s election has drawn the most interest, but there are also contested mayoral races in Parachute and New Castle.
The three polling places in Carbondale are the fire station on Highway 133 for the 1st precinct, the River Valley Ranch sales barn for the 2nd precinct, and Town Hall for the 3rd precinct.
Incumbent Mayor Randy Vanderhurst faces Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Michael Hassig and political newcomer Erik Mazur.
There are three board of trustee seats up for grabs in Carbondale, with incumbents Krista Paradise, Mark Whalen and Fred Williams facing challengers Barry Maggert, Chris Kelsey, David Rippe, Russell Hedman, Moe Miles and Scott Chaplin. All three terms are for four years.
Carbondale residents will also be asked whether the town should “De-Bruce,” which would exempt the town from TABOR amendment revenue and spending limits.
New Castle is the only town using a mail-in ballot, which may be returned to Town Hall until 7 p.m. tonight.
In New Castle’s mayoral race, incumbent Bill Wentzel faces former town council member Larry Borgard. Five candidates are vying for three town council seats. They are incumbents Bob Gordon and Pam Bunn and challengers Greg Russi, Karen Wood and Rebecca Bondurant. The council terms are for four years.
Parachute also has a mayor’s race, as incumbent John Loschke faces Judi Hayward. There are three unopposed incumbent trustees running for three open seats: Billie Sue Koch, Robert La Borgne and John Yadloski. The polling place is Town Hall.
Silt residents vote on a pair of related ballot questions. The first question asks whether the town should publish new ordinances by title only in the newspaper, rather than the entire ordinance. The other question asks whether the town should cease publishing its monthly bills. If approved, the new ordinances will take effect on May 1.
Silt has five candidates running for five seats on the Town Board. Mayor John Evans is running unopposed, as are incumbent trustees James Kellogg, Tod Tibbetts and Craig Wallace and candidate Shirley Hodges. The polling place is Town Hall.
Marble residents also have a pair of ballot questions. The first asks whether the town should eliminate term limits for mayor and the town council.
The second asks whether Town Hall should be sold. Marble plans to move its municipal offices into the recently restored Marble Bank Building later this year.
As for Marble’s races, incumbent Mayor Bob Leone faces challenger Mike Evans. There are four open town council seats, but only two candidates: Wayne Brown and Robert Pettijohn. The polling place is the fire station.
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