Ballot order for council candidates determined

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— With City Council races able to be decided by a hundred votes or less, many think that even the order of candidates on the ballot can come into play.

The 10 candidates for City Council have drawn for their spots and the order has been decided. City Clerk Julie Jordan-Struble said the order of the candidates should not be a major factor, given the opportunities residents have to get in touch with the candidates and hear their positions.

"I don't think that would happen here not in a community like ours where the candidates can get out, meet the people and tell them what they're all about," Jordan-Struble said.

She did say, however, that some candidates do believe that order matters. That helped prompt the city to decide the order based on the drawing of lots as opposed to deciding it alphabetically.

In the coming weeks, the races will begin to heat up, as candidates buy advertising and forums begin.

There are a number of important dates that candidates and people with interest in the tax issues will want to note.

Friday is the last day for people to file pro/con statements to be published with the TABOR notice explaining the tax questions sent out in the mail to residents. The pro and con statements can be up to 300 words in length and must focus on the specific tax ballot question, Jordan-Struble said.

The city and county clerks each have folders with information detailing the amount of money local candidates and action committees have accepted and spent under the Fair Campaign Practices Act.

Oct. 9 is the final day to register to vote in the election.

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