Johnson new Mayor of Hayden

Candidates who ran unopposed will take office next month


— Hayden's new mayor and three new trustees will be declared elected at the Hayden Town Board meeting Thursday.

No one filed to run against any of the candidates, so the April 1 election will be canceled, Hayden Town Clerk Susan Irvine said.

The board will vote on the cancellation, which a majority of the seven-member group must approve.

Trustee Lorraine Johnson, who has reached her term limit, is running unopposed to replace Ken Gibbon as mayor. Bill Hayden and Richard "Festus" Hagins are running for trustee seats.

Trustee Trace Musgrave, who was appointed in January to fill the seat vacated when Gibbon was appointed mayor, is running to keep his spot on the board.

Bill Hayden's family runs the grocery store in town.

"I thought since I've been here almost 20 years now that I could in some measure create some secure, safe, happy place to live," he said earlier this month.

Hagins, who works at Wagner Equipment Co. and teaches diesel mechanics at Hayden High School, has said that he wants to make sure Hayden navigates effectively through its growth.

Musgrave, a senior estimator and project manager for the Steamboat Springs office of Connell Resources, said he did not have specific goals for his term on the board.

"I just wanted to be involved in the community," he said.

Johnson could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The four won't be sworn in to office until the first Town Board meeting in April, Irvine said.

Trustees serve four-year terms. The mayor's term is two years.


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