Thirteen candidates are vying for leadership roles in the town of Buena Vista municipal election set for April 3.
Buena Vista Town Clerk Paula Barnett confirmed that 11 candidates have filed petitions to run for the four trustee positions up for election. Two candidates, Jed Selby and Trustee Duff Lacy, have filed petitions to run for mayor.
The sample ballot shows that Buena Vista residents will be asked to vote for no more than four candidates from the list. A Jan. 31 drawing established the order in which names will appear on the ballot.
Of the two candidates running for mayor, Lacy will be listed first, followed by Selby.
Amanda Krost won the top slot on the lengthy trustee ballot list, followed by Libby Fay, Cindie Swisher, Scott Whitcomb, Morgan Mahala, John Williams, Tonya Wyles and Sarah Haughey. Rounding out the list are Jerome Steinauer, David Vople and Norman Nyberg.
Vople and Swisher are running for re-election, while Lacy, running for mayor, currently serves as trustee.
The board of trustees is the town’s policy-making legislative body, consisting of the mayor and six board members elected at large. Each elected official serves a four-year term, and terms are staggered, with elections held every two years. After each election, the board of trustees elects a mayor pro tem from among the six trustees.
Qualifications to run are focused on residency, with each candidate required to have lived within the town limits for at least 12 months prior to election.
Residents say this election will deal with important issues about what they want the future of their town to look like. Ark Valley Voice will interview each candidate running in the Buena Vista election and post the interviews prior to the election.
Each candidate will be asked the same questions about their views and their approaches to addressing what they see as the town’s major issues.
Candidates have already mentioned issues like affordable housing, economic activity, the town′s identity, water resources and how best to manage growth, reflecting issues affecting communities throughout Colorado and the West.