Tuesday is Buena Vista election day, when residents vote to elect a new mayor and four town trustees. It’s too late to mail ballots. All ballots must be dropped off in person at Buena Vista Town Hall, 210 E. Main St., by 7 p.m. this evening.
While some say the mayor’s race represents two factions – those who may want things to stay exactly as they have been, and those who want to change things up – the truth may be more complicated. Many point out the two men running for mayor, Duff Lacy and Jed Selby, share some similar views regarding the challenges the town faces, and a sincere passion for the community they call home. The mayor’s race may come down to style.
“Our returns so far are 45 percent of the ballots have already been received,” said Town Clerk Paula Barnett on Tuesday morning. “As far as a record for a candidate election, I’d say this is a better than normal turnout.”
The Buena Vista Board of Trustees is made up of six elected members. Eleven people are vying for the four trustee seats up for grabs in this election. Barnett confirmed that voters can register to vote up to and including the date of the election, and can vote in person at Town Hall.
“If they are in line at 7 p.m., they will be able to cast their ballot,” said Barnett. “So people understand, the results tonight will be called unofficial. That’s because we have to wait until April 11 to receive military ballots, and if there are any discrepancies, like missing signatures, things like that.
“We have until April 11 to clear those up and then results will become official.”