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Town board seats up for election in Ignacio, Bayfield
2/14/2014 By: Carole McWilliams
Both Bayfield and Ignacio have town elections on April 1. Petitions are now available at the town halls for aspiring town board candidates. They must be turned in with valid petition signatures by closing time on Feb. 28.
Ignacio has five seats up for election, including the mayor. Only the board seats held by Alison deKay and Linda Moore are not up for election, according to Town Clerk Georgann Valdez. That could change, she advised, if deKay decides to run for mayor. She ran last year in a special mayoral election won by Stella Cox.
Seats up for election are currently held by Cox, Tom Atencio, Cecilia Robbins, Lawrence Bartley, and recently-appointed Dixie Melton.
Ignacio also will have a ballot question asking voter approval to publish ordinances in the newspaper just by title instead of the full text. During the winter, the town published two very long ordinances at significant cost.
The resolution with the ballot wording, approved by the town board Tuesday, will be published in full.
Ignacio trustees also are considering asking voters to raise the town sales tax from 2˘ to 3˘, but that won’t be until November.
Bayfield’s April 1 vote will include a request to raise the town sales tax, also from 2˘ up to 3˘, to pay for ongoing street maintenance and related projects. Trustees approved that ballot question on Feb. 4.
Town board seats held by Tom Au, Debbi Renfro, and Michelle Nelson are up for election. The incumbent members of the board still serving their terms are Rachel Davenport, Matt Nyberg, Ed Morlan and Mayor Rick Smith.
To run for town board, a person must be a registered elector and be a town resident for 12 consecutive months by election day.
Voting in both Bayfield and Ignacio will be at town hall.
In 2012, just under 70 people voted in Bayfield, out of 1,619 registered town voters. In Ignacio in 2012, there were 126 ballots cast out of 428 registered voters.