Candidates’ deadlines approaching |

Candidates’ deadlines approaching

Silverthorne residents who want to run in the April 6 town council election must turn in a petition with 25 signatures by March 12 to have their names printed on the ballot.

Interested Dillon residents have until Friday to turn in at least 25 signatures from registered voters in town. Signatures must be verified as registered town voters by the town clerk in order for the candidates’ names to be printed on the ballot.

Five Silverthorne residents are collecting signatures to get their names on the town’s April 6 ballot. Three seats are up for election this year.

Two potential Silverthorne candidates are town council members Steve Swanson and Karla Trippe. Councilmember Trippe originally was appointed to her seat.

Planning commissioner Bob Kieber wants to step up from serving the town in a volunteer, appointed position to an elected position. Kieber already turned in his petition, which already has been verified by town clerk Michele Karlin.

Jim Shaw, one of the leaders of Silverthorne Advocates for Votes on Expansion (SAVE), requested a petition. The SAVE group led the effort against the rezoning of part of the Smith Ranch for a grocery store-anchored shopping center to be built on the north end of town.

Carlos Abel, a bilingual resident, wants to run to help bridge the social and political gap for Latinos in the community.

Councilmember Sheila Groneman has not picked up a petition to run for re-election. Her seat is one of the three up for election.

In Dillon, five residents have picked up petitions to get their names on the town’s April 6 ballot. Three town council seats are available.

Two of the potential Dillon candidates are council members running for re-election: Judee Cathrall and Ben Raitano, mayor pro-tem. Councilmember Jim Dover will not run again because he is term-limited.

Noel Hess, a Dillon planning commissioner the past seven years, is collecting signatures to get on the town ballot.

John Cathrall, a local retiree and the spouse of Councilmember Judee Cathrall, picked up a petition but said he will not run. He’s helping his wife run for re-election and besides, one council member in the family is enough, John Cathrall said.

Shannon Braithwaite, a radio announcer at High Country Radio, pulled a petition from the town hall. But on Wednesday the young woman decided to run for town council two years from now. Her schedule is too full to run this year, she said.

Christine McManus can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229 or at

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