Wanted: Town Council candidates
February 6, 2008
SUMMIT COUNTY – Success as a town council member involves more than just winning an election, Frisco town clerk Deborah Wohlmuth told a group of prospective town council members at Wednesday night’s candidate forum for April’s municipal elections.”Can you be consistent with your neighbors – even when they yell at you?” she asked those assembled at the Summit County Community and Senior Center. “Are you committed to the community as a whole or do you have an agenda?” An ability to refrain from rumor-mongering and a tolerance for being recognized in public places are also important assets for elected officials, she added.Frisco planning commission member Eileen Davies showed up at the meeting sponsored by the county’s five town clerks to pick up a candidate packet and to get more information about the process.
“I decided I wanted to run months ago,” she said. “I like being involved in the town and I think to really have an impact you need to be a policy maker as opposed to just an activist.”Unlike Davies, Dillon resident and restauranteur Ron Holland had been thinking about it for some time, but decided just this week to run for a council seat.”I love Dillon,” he said, when asked about his motivation. “It’s probably the greatest town in the state of Colorado, and there’s a whole lot going on in the town right now. It’s an exciting time.”Basic eligibility requirements for the job include U.S. citizenship, being at least 18 years old and registered to vote, and residency within the relevant town limits for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the election, Silverthorne town clerk Michele Karlin explained.
Breckenridge, Dillon and Frisco will hold town council elections April 1, with Silverthorne’s elections falling a week later. At issue are four council seats in Dillon, and three each in Breckenridge, Frisco, and Silverthorne. Breckenridge and Frisco voters will also elect mayors.The first step toward becoming a candidate in any of the towns is collection of signatures on a “nomination petition,” Dillon town clerk Jan Thomas told the forum attendees. Prospective Breckenridge and Blue River candidates must get signatures from at least 10 registered town voters, but candidates in Dillon, Frisco, and Silverthorne need 25. Petitions are available at all five town halls.The clerks encouraged anyone interested in running for office to access their town’s website, and to call their town clerk’s office if they have any questions.
Harriet Hamilton can be reached at (970) 668-4651, or at email@example.com.