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No contest yet in trustee race

By Will Grandbois
Sopris Sun Staff

Only two people have begun the process to fill the four Carbondale Board of Trustee seats up for election in April. One application is pending for the mayor position, which is also on this year’s ballot.

Nomination petitions have been available at the Town hall since Jan. 2 and are due by Jan. 22. If there aren’t enough applicants to fill the seat, much less make it a race, Town Clerk Cathy Derby expects the remainder might be appointed by the existing board. She doesn’t see that as likely.

“I’m hearing through the rumor mill that there’s more people coming forward,” she said. “In Carbondale, people wait until the last minute to do things.”

There are more open seats than usual, with three appointments — Heather Henry, Luis Yllanes and Ericka Sparhawk — to the board since the last election cycle to fill gaps left by, respectively, Alexander Hobbs, Katrina Byars and Dan Richardson (who, in turn, was voted into the Mayor position vacated by Stacey Bernot). Frosty Merriott’s seat is term limited.

Assuming there is a race, the top three vote-getters will serve four year terms while the fourth favorite will serve two years to restore the cycle to normal.

For more information or to begin the nomination process, contact Cathy Derby at 510-1206 or cderby@carbondaleco.net.