Oak Creek candidates ready for forum

Town Board hopefuls to meet Thursday night

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The Oak Creek Town Board Candidates Forum is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Oak Creek Town Hall. Candidates for the April 6 election will answer questions from community members through a moderator from the League of Women Voters.

Timeline

Oak Creek Town Board election

Today: Last day for write-in candidate affidavits

Thursday: Candidate forum, 7 p.m., Oak Creek Town Hall.

April 2: Last day to pick up absentee voter applications

April 6: Election Day

The Oak Creek Town Board Candidates Forum on Thursday night will be the only opportunity for a public discussion with the five candidates before the April 6 election.

The five residents vying for the four trustee positions will have a chance to answer questions from residents during the forum, moderated by the League of Women Voters.

Incumbents Bernard Gagne and Dawn Smith, who were appointed to the board in recent months, will join Lawrence Jaconetta, Linda Price and Joh­rene Meyers-Story in the discussion. Mayoral candidate Nikki Knoebel, who also was appointed as a trustee in the past year, is running unopposed. Mayor J Elliott and Trustee Josh Voorhis are not running for re-election.

Catherine Lykken, president of the Routt County League of Women Voters, said audience members would write down questions for the event. The moderator will then ask the questions to the candidates and police their answers; no candidate is allowed to speak against other candidates.

Jaconetta, who said he has not run for public office before, said he expects to discuss budget issues, one of the reasons he decided to run for office.

“It’s kind of depressing walking through my town and seeing how much is closed and how it’s kind of hurting, so I thought I’d just try” to join the board, he said.

He said the board has a “lot of young blood” and the members have done a good job managing town finances but that he would like to do his part to help out by joining the board.

“I feel it’s almost like jury duty: Everybody does their turn,” he said.

Knoebel said that although she is running unopposed, she will be at the forum to answer questions from the audience.

“We’ve definitely gotten the budget back … we’ve taken responsibility of the budget, and I hope people come and ask questions about that,” she said.

In the April election, the three candidates with the most votes will be appointed for four-year terms. The person with the fourth-highest tally will be appointed to a two-year term, and the mayor’s position is a two-year term.

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