As of Tuesday morning, the number of municipal election petitions taken out by citizens is enough to cover the number of vacancies being created by term expirations, but in Crawford and Paonia, the number of petitions returned falls far short of the expiring terms.
Crawford town clerk Cally Gallegos reports that, as of Tuesday morning, eight petitions have been picked up at Town Hall. Crawford will have four trustee vacancies to fill. Incumbents Mike Tiedeman and Chris Johnson are seeking reelection, as is Jeff Peed, who was appointed to fill a vacancy last fall.
As of Tuesday morning, said Gallegos, none of the eight petitions have been returned.
In Paonia, the terms of four trustees are set to expire. As of Tuesday morning, six petitions have been picked up, two of them by incumbents, according to town clerk Corinne Ferguson. They include mayor pro tem David Bradford and trustee Barry Pennell, who was appointed to the board last July, town treasurer Ross King, Mary Bachran, and Michael and Melissa Munoz.
Samira Hart has submitted a completed petition, according to Ferguson.
In Hotchkiss, petitions to run for mayor have been submitted by Larry Wilkening and current trustee Tom Wills. Mayor Wendell Koontz is term-limited under state statute.
Petitions were picked up by Sheila Maki, Esther Koontz, and incumbents Mary Hockenbery and Pat Medina. All but one of the petitions has been returned, and the one outstanding petition is expected to be returned Wednesday, Jan. 17, according to deputy town clerk Ginger Redden.
Those interested in being a candidate may still pick up and circulate a petition. Completed petitions are due at local town halls no later than Monday, Jan. 22.