Mark Eckhart, independent candidate for Delta County commissioner district #2 has successfully petitioned onto the Nov. 8 ballot with a total of 326 valid signatures. The minimum requirement of 238 signatures was exceeded and the campaign will now move forward.
An increasing number of voters are identifying themselves as unaffiliated to a political party. "Petitioning onto the ballot for election gives voters a choice to vote for a candidate who is not caught up in the machinery of a party's political agenda," said Eckhart.
As a member of the board of the DMEA, this is not the first time Mark Eckhart has taken on the task of campaigning to represent the people of Delta County. He is optimistic for the future of Delta County and is involved in dialogue across the political spectrum. An innovative small businessman, he has the ability to take on tough issues, from economics to energy to communications and more.
The word is out that change is imminent. Business owners, community organizations, and citizen activists are making solid plans and following through with them to move Delta County forward. Eckhart understands that planning by communities of diverse interests is a necessary part of creating economic opportunity for all. He is tuning into those conversations, wherever they are happening countywide. "I am listening to and working with community members and leaders to move Delta County in a new direction. Now is the time for action!" says Eckhart.
Mark is reaching out to meet those who share the vital work of moving Delta County into the 21st century while preserving its positive rural qualities.
During a preliminary hearing in Delta District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Judge Steven Schultz found probable cause for second degree murder charges against Heather Jones.
Jones previously faced three counts in the shooting of Ryan Redifer in Paonia on Jan. 12, 2018 -- assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and violation of a protection order.