South Routt trustee, mayor positions up for grabs

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— Trustee and mayoral positions will change hands in South Routt this April, providing enough hands are willing to take them.

The towns of Oak Creek and Yampa will hold their municipal elections April 2, and people interested in running for open seats on the town boards have less than two weeks to make a decision.

Municipal elections in smaller communities traditionally do not elicit many voters or candidates, but contested matters tend to increase participation, Oak Creek Town Manager Ray Leibensperger said.

"It's been my experience depending on the issues, more people will run," Leibensperger said.

Several people have already picked up applications for one of the five open trustee positions on the Oak Creek Town Board, he said.

The sixth trustee seat cannot be contested until the next municipal election in two years.

Three spots on the Yampa Town Board, two of which are currently held by Dick Rudeen and Bruce Pitts and the third still vacant, are up for election.

Response to the open seats in Yampa remains minimal.

This is does not surprise Yampa Mayor Tom Estes, who said town elections do not usually bring out many candidates.

Estes and Deb Van Gundy, mayor of Oak Creek, must run again for their mayoral seat.

The mayors of Oak Creek and Yampa serve two-year terms, while trustees of both towns serve four-year terms.

Those who wish to run for office in the April election must be at least 18 years old and live within the town limits.

Petitions for office, which must be signed by at least 10 registered voters who live with town limits, can be picked up at the respective town hall.

Petitions for office in Yampa and Oak Creek must be returned to the town hall by March 1.

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