Seven vie for seat |

Seven vie for seat

Kim Marquis

SUMMIT COUNTY – County Democrats will choose from seven candidates to fill Gary Lindstrom’s District 1 seat on the Board of County Commissioners. Lindstrom will resign from his post as a commissioner today at 5 p.m. He is headed to the State House of Representatives, filling the House District 56 seat being vacated by Rep. Carl Miller of Leadville.The vacancy committee of the Summit County Democratic Party will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Summit County Community and Senior Center near Frisco to appoint Lindstrom’s replacement to the three-member commissioner board.County commissioners oversee Summit County government’s departments, approve budgets and chiefly deal with land-use decisions.The seven candidates are Linda Bateman, Michael Bertaux, Michael Craig, Bob French, Leigh Girvin, Ruth Hertzberg and Cathi Kneuper.On Monday, from 7-9 p.m., a candidate forum will be held at the Community and Senior Center, where candidates will have an opportunity to make a case for their appointment, as well as describe plans to win the general election for the seat in November.Candidates will have up to 10 minutes to present an opening statement. Then, they will have an opportunity to answer questions posed by members of the executive committee and other forum attendees.The forum will be moderated by Frisco Town Councilmember Tom Looby, who will end the program with two-minute closing remarks from the candidates. At the Wednesday meeting, short nominating and acceptance speeches will precede the vote. Only members of the vacancy committee, comprised of Summit County Democratic Party officers, precinct committee members and elected officials Denise Steiskal, the assessor, commissioner Bill Wallace and Lindstrom, are eligible to vote.The vote will be by secret ballot. Proxy voting will not be allowed.- Kim Marquis

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