According to town clerks, all three North Fork towns received a sufficient number of petitions to participate in the April 3 municipal election.
The Town of Hotchkiss received two petitions for mayor and four petitions for trustee.
Larry Wilkening and trustee Tom Wills petitioned to run for mayor.
Incumbent trustees Mary Hockenbery and Pat Medina submitted petitions to run for town trustee. Hockenbery is completing a two-year term, and Medina was appointed last September to replace former trustee and mayor pro tempore Larry Jakubiak. Sheila Maki and Esther Koontz also submitted petitions to run for trustee.
According to town clerk Marlene Searle, one petition lacked sufficient signatures, and the petitioner is expected to correct the deficiency ahead of the Jan. 29 deadline.
Paonia Town Hall received 10 petitions for four open trustee seats. Paonia town clerk Corinne Ferguson rejected three petitions Tuesday due to voter information not matching up with information on the petition. Petitioners have until Monday, Jan. 29, to correct the deficiencies.
The four incumbents, Suzanne Watson, Barry Pennell, Chelsea Bookout, and trustee/mayor pro tempore David Bradford will seek re-election. Watson and Bradford are completing four-year terms; Bookout was appointed to the board when former trustee Charles Stewart was elected mayor in 2016 prior to the end of his four-year term; and Pennell was appointed last July to fill the seat vacated by Bill Brunner.
Brunner has also submitted a petition to run for the board. Petitions were also received from Mary Bachran, a candidate in the 2016 election; current town treasurer and former trustee Ross King; and Samira Hart, Roger Baril, and James Thompson.
In Crawford, incumbents Mike Tiedeman and Chris Johnson are seeking reelection, as is Jeff Peed, who was appointed in August to fill a vacancy July by the resignation of trustee Cameron Clark. Ralph Clark, Jessica Hart and Julie Kinder have also submitted petitions. According to town clerk Cally Gallegos, all of the petitions have been accepted.
Citizens wishing to be considered for office as a write-in candidate may file an affidavit of intent at their respective town hall up to 20 days prior to the election. Write-in votes for those who have not filed an affidavit will not be considered.
Ballot content must be certified by town clerks and submitted to Delta County by Feb. 2. Ballots will be mailed out the week of March 12.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.