Three North Fork towns to hold trustee elections

By Tamie Meck


All three North Fork municipalities received enough petitions for councils and board of trustees to hold elections in April.

In Hotchkiss, council seats currently held by Larry Jakubiak, Dustyn Foster, James Roberts and mayor pro tem Carrie Wingfield are up for election. Roberts and Jakubiak both submitted petitions by Monday's deadline. In addition, Patrick Webb, Mary Hockenbery, Ralph Sandmann III, and Johnny Marta are all expected to be on the ballot, pending certification of petitions.

In Paonia, incumbents Eric Goold and Ross King have submitted petitions for a second term on the town board of trustees. Dorian Bethune, Mary Bachran, Chelsea Bookout, Bill Brunner, Karen Budinger, Jill Spears, Barry Pennell and William Bear Jr. also submitted petitions.

Mayor pro tem Charles Stewart is the only one to submit a petition to run for mayor, according to town manager Jane Berry. If no one enters as a write-in candidate, Stewart will be appointed mayor and replace current mayor, Neal Schwieterman. Write-in candidates have until Feb. 1 to submit their intent to run. All candidates have until Feb. 2 to withdraw.

In Crawford, trustees Gill Saunders and Wanda Gofforth have submitted petitions to run for mayor after current mayor Carolyn "Susie" Steckel announced she will not seek re-election. Incumbent Hetty Todd will seek re-election, and Larry Kontour's seat is also up for re-election.

Petitions were also submitted by Carl Page, John Paton, Jay Ziegler, Chris Waters and Tammy Broughton.