Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Four seats on the Hayden Town Board will be up for election in April: the seats occupied by Ken Gibbon, Lorraine Johnson, Richard "Festus" Hagins and Mayor Chuck Grobe.
With nearly two months before the deadline for declaring candidacy, the incumbents are deciding whether they will seek re-election.
"There are some things I would like to see finished," Johnson said. "But sometimes I feel like I've got too many irons in the pot. But most likely, I will run again. If I make it, fine. If I don't, that's fine too. If I don't, I will still stay involved."
Mayor Chuck Grobe said he is not sure if he will run for his third consecutive term as mayor.
"I've got a lot on my plate now, and I'm just trying to digest it all," Grobe said. "I've been busy with so many things and filling in the town manager position. I'm trying to put it off until I have to make a decision."
Trustee and former mayor Hagins also said he is not sure whether he will run again.
"I'm sure I probably will, but I'm not positive," Hagins said. "I'm 75 percent sure I will probably run. I could go for mayor again, but things could change. I will know by mid-February. I want to hear response from the community.
"My reasons are more personal right now. There are a few other things I want to do, and (Town Board) takes up quite a bit of your time. But, I will be involved either way."
Trustee Ken Gibbon could not be reached for comment.
To be eligible to run for a four-year trustee term or a two-year mayor term, candidates must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen and a resident of the town for at least one year. Candidates can pick up a nomination petition at Town Hall, starting Feb. 16. Candidates must collect signatures from at least 10 registered voters on the nomination petition. If elected, the person must remain a town resident throughout the term in office.
Completed nomination petitions must be turned in to Town Hall by March 8, which also is the last day to register to vote in the municipal election. Residents can register to vote at Town Hall. Call 276-3741.
Before the April 6 election, a candidate forum will be held and mediated by Mark Fischer, real estate broker and West Routt Rural Health president. At the forum, the public is welcome to ask questions of the candidates.
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