Council race begins today

Interested residents can submit nomination petitions

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Those interested in throwing their hats into the Steamboat Springs City Council race can begin gathering signatures today.

Starting today, nomination petitions are available at Steamboat Springs City Hall at 137 10th St. Obtaining the 25 signatures for the nomination petition is the first step in running for a council seat. Those petitions must be returned by Aug. 22.

Council elections, which are nonpartisan and include everyone's name on the ballot who turns in a nomination petition, are held in November.

This year, four council positions are open. Four-year terms are available in District 1, District 2 and District 3, and a two-year, at-large position is open.

City Clerk Julie Jordan, who works with interested candidates, encourages anyone interested in running to gather signatures.

"I am hoping that community members do put their hat in the ring, especially people who are very active in the community," Jordan said. "It is nice for people to have a choice."

Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens and 18 or older on the day of the election. Candidates must have lived in the city for 12 months preceding Election Day and live in the districts they represent.

Interested candidates must gather 25 signatures from residents within their districts before their names are placed on the ballot. The at-large candidate can gather names from anyone who is a city resident.

So far, the only person to pick up an information packet about running for office is Councilwoman Nancy Kramer, who represents District 1, Jordan said.

In June, the four council members who are up for re-election all said they were undecided about running.

The terms for Nancy Kramer, District 1; Loui Antonucci, District 2; Kathy Connell, District 3; and Steve Ivancie, at large; expire in November.

Antonucci was the only one who could be reached for comment Monday, and he said he remained undecided.

If all four run again, two current council members would run against each other. Ivancie would either run against Connell for the at-large position or run against Kramer for the District 1 seat.

Ivancie, who has served two terms at the at-large seat, said in June that he contemplated running again, but he is unsure about which seat.

After serving two terms in the District 3 seat, Connell would not be eligible for another consecutive term. Under the city's bylaws, she still could run for the at-large seat. In June, Connell said she was unsure whether she would run again.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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