Yampa lacks candidates, cancels election

— The town of Yampa has canceled its April 4 municipal election.

Town Clerk Janet Ray said the town passed a resolution Thursday canceling the election and naming its mayor and Town Board trustees.

Incumbent Yampa Mayor Bruce Pitts will serve a two-year term, and Yampa Town Board members Arlene Porteus, Karen Tussey and Denis Campanali will serve four-year trustee terms.

Ray said she thought the election was going to be canceled earlier in the week because so few residents had interest in running for the open positions and no one decided to be a write-in candidate.

Ray said the election could not be canceled before Friday because of state laws.

Porteus, Tussey and Camp--anali were appointed to the board last year to fill vacant positions.

Pitts and the three trustees will have to figure out how to appoint a fourth Town Board member once they convene.

"If they have a letter, or letters, of interest from residents for that position, they'll fill that as soon as possible," Ray said.

It is not uncommon for Yampa to cancel its municipal elections, Ray said. The election was canceled in 2004 because there were more open positions than there were people running to fill them.

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