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Town councils will change in April

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY – If you’ve ever wanted to be involved in town government, there’s no time like the present with 12 council seats and two mayor positions open across the county.Each town – Silverthorne, Dillon, Frisco and Breckenridge – has three available council seats, while Silverthorne and Dillon will each hold an election for mayor as well. The town of Blue River will also be included in the April election.While the road to the municipal elections is just beginning – just four potential candidates have picked up petitions in Silverthorne, four in Frisco and three in Dillon – things should speed up quickly. The last day for candidates to get their petitions in with the obligatory 25 signatures is March 3 for Dillon and Frisco and March 10 for Silverthorne.FriscoIn Frisco the open seats now belong to Councilmembers Dan Fallon and Gary Runkle and Mayor Pro-Tem Rick Amico, none of whom is term-limited.DillonIn Dillon, the positions held by Suzanne Hebert, Johnny Younger and Mike Smith are all available. Smith is term-limited.SilverthorneSilverthorne Mayor Lou DelPiccolo is term-limited and cannot enter the race, while Dillon Mayor Barbara Davis said Monday she plans to run for re-election. The seats held by Silverthorne Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Koop and Councilmembers Peggy Long and Howard Hallman are all up for grabs during the election. Koop is term-limited and cannot run again for council.BreckenridgeWith two long-time members of the Breckenridge Town Council term-limited, and one other council member up for re-election, the April 4 vote is likely to bring some fresh blood to the table.But that probably won’t change the direction of town politics drastically, said Mayor Ernie Blake. Town Councilmember Jeffrey Bergeron said the incoming council could decide on the town’s role in building the long-awaited gondola that would carry skiers from in-town parking lots up to the ski hill. Town Councilmembers J.B. Katz and Larry Crispell are term-limited. Town councilmember Jim Lamb is up for re-election and plans to run again.Bob Berwyn contributed to this story. Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13625.


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