Election – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:36:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Town council election not affected by COVID-19 Some amenities closed http://www.pagosasun.com/town-council-election-not-affected-by-covid-19-some-amenities-closed/ Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:00:24 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200518 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic affecting a variety of things locally and nationally, town residents will still be able to drop off their ballots for the upcoming April 7 Pagosa Springs Town Council election.
In a phone interview on March 30, Town Manager Andrea Phillips explained that voters can still mail their ballots in or drop their ballots off outside Town Hall, located at 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
“I think the stay-at-home order still permits people to go out and about and do those necessary activities like dropping off ballots,” Phillips said. “We’re still accepting them here and hoping people will continue to vote.”
Ballots should be mailed to P.O. Box 1859, Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147, Phillips explained.
Town Clerk April Hessman noted in an email on March 30 that ballots have to be turned into the outside drop box by 7 p.m by April 7 or in the mail for delivery by April 7 to be counted.
“Voters need to be aware of the time it takes the postal service to deliver the mail to our box,” she wrote.
Rory Burnett, Julian Caler, Mat deGraaf, Bill Hudson and Shari Pierce are the candidates vying for three of the town council seats.
All three seats are for a four-year term on the council and have a two-term limit.
Those seats are currently held by David Schanzenbaker, Tracy Bunning and Mat deGraaf.
Town amenities closed
In response to Gov. Jared Polis issuing a statewide stay-at-home order, the town has closed the skate park at Yamaguchi Park as well as playground equipment at all town parks, Phillips explained.
Phillips noted that town park bathrooms have been closed for a couple of weeks now, but portable toilets are available in some locations.
“The parks themselves and all the trails are open. Res Hill is still open,” she said.

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Los Pinos Fire cancels election, withdraws mill levy ballot question http://www.pagosasun.com/los-pinos-fire-cancels-election-withdraws-mill-levy-ballot-question/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200546 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
The Los Pinos Fire Protection District has canceled its election set for May 5 due to not having more director candidates than offices to be filled.

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Marquez, Berman will appear on primary ballot http://www.pagosasun.com/marquez-berman-will-appear-on-primary-ballot/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:00:13 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200542 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
The Archuleta County Elections Office announced on March 17 that June E. Marquez and Nate Berman collected the required number of signatures and will appear as Republican candidates on the ballot for the June primary election.

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Candidates for LPEA 2020 Board of Directors election verified http://www.pagosasun.com/candidates-for-lpea-2020-board-of-directors-election-verified/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:00:27 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200165 By Hillary Knox
Special to The SUN
La Plata Electric Association’s (LPEA) independent election supervisory committee has verified candidates for the cooperative’s 2020 board of directors election.
LPEA has four director districts, established geographically. Each year, LPEA’s membership elects four representatives to the LPEA Board of Directors, one from each district.
“LPEA is a cooperative, which means we are owned by our members,” said Jessica Matlock, LPEA CEO. “All LPEA members in good standing are qualified to vote for the directors who represent them. As the directors make decisions that impact everyone, I encourage members to learn about the candidates and vote to make sure their voice is heard in the LPEA boardroom.”
Candidates for the 2020 election are as follows:
District 1, Archuleta County: Bob Lynch, current LPEA board president, is running unopposed. Pending formal approval by the LPEA board, Lynch will be reappointed.
District 2, south and west La Plata County: Two new candidates, Doug Fults and John Lee Jr., are vying to fill the seat to be vacated by retiring director Davin Montoya.
District 3, city of Durango: Incumbent Rachel Landis is being challenged by new candidate Dave Nulton.
District 4, north and east La Plata County: Incumbent Guinn Unger is being challenged by new candidate Sue McWilliams.
More details on the candidates and how to submit ballots will be distributed in the ballot packet to be mailed to all members in mid-April 2020. To be counted, ballots must be received no later than 4 p.m. on May 15.
Election results will be confirmed at LPEA’s annual meeting, currently scheduled to take place on May 16 at Pagosa Springs High School. Given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the meeting may need to be postponed. In this instance, the current directors will continue to serve until the annual meeting can be held to officially confirm the new directors. For the latest details on the annual meeting, visit lpea.coop/annual-meeting.

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Three more local elections canceled http://www.pagosasun.com/three-more-local-elections-canceled/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 21:00:11 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200177 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
Three more local districts have canceled elections due to the number of nominees equaling the number of positions available.

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Multiple districts cancel elections http://www.pagosasun.com/multiple-districts-cancel-elections/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 21:00:39 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199735 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
Multiple local districts have canceled elections due to the number of nominees equaling the number of positions available.

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Water and fire district cancel elections due to lack of candidates http://www.pagosasun.com/water-and-fire-district-cancel-elections-due-to-lack-of-candidates/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199111 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
Two local districts canceled their May 5 elections for district positions due to lack of director candidates.

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Local seat open in LPEA election Candidate packets due Friday http://www.pagosasun.com/local-seat-open-in-lpea-election-candidate-packets-due-friday/ Wed, 11 Mar 2020 17:06:17 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198995 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
With the annual La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) election coming up, interested candidates have until Friday, March 13, to submit candidate packets in order to be placed on the May ballot.
According to LPEA’s bylaws, one-third of its 12 director seats are up for election each year, one in each of LPEA’s four districts.
Current LPEA Board President Bob Lynch’s seat as one of the directors of District 1 will be up in May.
“Candidates are required to be members in good standing and permanent residents of the district they seek to represent and cannot work for a competing enterprise or supplier of the cooperative, plus not be employed or have a spouse or child employed by the cooperative in any position,” LPEA’s website states.
March 18 will be when the candidate order on the ballots will be determined, and ballots will be mailed to members beginning April 16.
Ballots are due by May 16, with the winners of the election being announced at LPEA’s annual meeting the same day.
This meeting will be held at Pagosa Springs High School, with registration at 9 a.m. and the meeting beginning at 10 a.m.
A complete list of director qualifications can be found in LPEA’s bylaws at lpea.coop/bylaws.
Additional board director candidate information can be found at lpea.coop/board-director-candidate-information.

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Republican party caucuses on Saturday http://www.pagosasun.com/republican-party-caucuses-on-saturday-2/ Fri, 06 Mar 2020 17:19:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198782 By Deborah Van Gundy
Special to The SUN
The Archuleta County Republicans will caucus on Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m.
There is a separate caucus location for each precinct:
• Precinct 1 at the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.;
• Precinct 2 at Lewis Street office, 450 Lewis St.;
• Precinct 3 at the Archuleta County Extension center, 344 U.S. 84;
• Precinct 4 at TARA Community Center, 333 Milton Lane, Arboles;
• Precinct 5 at Pagosa Brewing and Grill, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.;
• Precinct 6 at the Senior Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.;
• Precinct 7 at Restoration Fellowship, 264 Village Drive.; and
• Precinct 8 at the American Legion Hall, 287 Hermosa St.
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and caucus begins promptly at 10 a.m.
Republican caucuses are open to everyone; however, state and party rules dictate eligibility to vote or otherwise participate in a political party’s precinct caucus a voter must be registered to vote, a resident of the precinct and affiliated with the party holding the caucus for at least 22 days before the caucus.
Special rules
Anyone who turns 18 or becomes a naturalized citizen less than 22 days before their party’s caucus may still participate if they are a registered member of the Republican party. In addition, a preregistrant who is 17 years of age on the date of a caucus and who will be 18 years of age on the date of the next general election may vote at the caucus. If you do not meet these criteria, you must sign in as a guest.
One must attend the caucus coinciding with the precinct they are registered in and precinct boundaries have changed since the last caucus. To check online which precinct you are in, go to www.archuletacounty.org and on the home page just below the picture click on maps, then go to election precinct interactive map, type in your address, then click on election geography; your precinct will appear there.
Grass roots politics begins at the local caucus, where caucus goers elect two new committee persons to serve as members of the Archuleta County Republican Central Committee (ACRCC), election judges are recruited and resolutions for the party platform can be submitted and voted on.
Delegates to the county assembly will be elected; if you wish to be a voting delegate at county and/or wish to attend a higher assembly/convention, you must first get elected as a delegate at your precinct caucus. Republicans have a county commissioner race happening; at the county assembly, delegates get to vote on the candidate of their choice, where candidates must get at least 30 percent of the vote to be placed on the primary ballot or 10 percent of the vote to be able to petition on.
One can be absent from caucus and still run for delegate to the county assembly by completing an absentee delegate application and either returning it to an ACRCC member or have someone hand deliver it to the correct precinct caucus. There is no absentee/proxy voting; to vote, you must attend the caucus.
Any questions or concerns can be emailed to any precinct caucus captain listed at www.archuletarepublicans.org or contact Deborah Van Gundy at (719) 839-0556 or acrcc_vc@outlook.com, or Marilyn Harris at 749-4499 or marilynharris44@aol.com.

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Democratic Party plans caucuses, assembly http://www.pagosasun.com/democratic-party-plans-caucuses-assembly-2/ Fri, 06 Mar 2020 17:14:42 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198780 By John Porco
Special to The SUN
In accordance with Colorado state law, the Archuleta County Democratic Party will hold its caucuses at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.
Precincts 1-3 and 5-8 will caucus at the PLPOA Clubhouse, 230 Port Ave. Precinct 4 will caucus at the TARA Community Center, 333 Milton Lane in Arboles. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and the caucuses start promptly at 2 p.m.
If you plan to attend your caucus, it is worthwhile to ascertain what election precinct you live in. You can find out by going to govotecolorado.com and click on Find My Registration. Enter the requested information on name and birthdate and click on Search. Finally, click on the County and District Information tabs to find your precinct.
Everyone is welcome to come to the caucuses, but only those who meet certain criteria will be allowed to vote. If you live in Archuleta County and were registered as a Democrat on or before Feb. 14, you are eligible. Anyone who turns 18 or became a naturalized citizen after Feb. 14 may participate, if they are a registered member of the Democratic party. Note that if you are registered as unaffiliated, you are not eligible to vote in the caucuses, but you will be able to vote in the March presidential primary and the June general primary election.
You will first check in at the registration table; here, your having obtained your precinct number ahead of time will facilitate the whole registration process. Then you will be directed to the area where you and your precinct neighbors will be meeting.
The caucuses serve several purposes: they allow participants to discuss candidates and issues in an open forum, helping them to make informed choices. The main intent of the caucuses is, however, to help determine which candidates for the U.S. Senate will appear on the Democratic primary ballot. A preference vote determines how many delegates each candidate will receive.
Those delegates will then be asked to come to the county assembly and convention, where the delegate pool is further whittled down into a group who will attend the state assembly and convention on April 18 in Denver.
Other goals for the caucuses include introducing party candidates for local offices; the selection of precinct chairpersons, election judges and poll watchers; and lively discussions about ideas to be included in the party’s platform. Note that although the only preference vote will be for U.S. Senate, information about candidates for other offices will be available. In addition, we have invited the candidates or their representatives to attend the caucuses and speak on their own behalf.
The assembly and convention will be held on March 21 at the Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis St. Registration for the assembly and convention begins at 8:30 a.m. and the assembly convenes at 9 a.m.
Only individuals elected as delegates at the caucuses will be permitted to vote at the assembly, although anyone is welcome to attend. At the assembly and convention, delegates to the state assembly and convention and the Congressional District 3 Assembly will be elected, again based on the preferred U.S. Senate candidates.
A light breakfast will be served. For questions, contact the county chair, Becky Herman, at 264-2171.

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