Three town council seats up for grabs in April election


By Randi Pierce

Staff Writer

Those interested in serving on the Pagosa Springs Town Council still have a few days to return a completed petition if they want to make the April 7 ballot.

The election will be a mail-ballot election and is set to include the election of three at-large town council members.

Those seats are currently held by David Schanzenbaker, Tracy Bunning and Mat deGraaf.

Schanzenbaker and Bunning who were both originally elected in 2012, are term-limited and cannot run again.

Those interested in running have until Jan. 27 to return completed petitions.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Town Clerk April Hessman reported that four petitions had been picked up, with none of them yet returned.

Per Section 2.7 of the town’s charter, to be eligible to be elected to office, a person must be a citizen of the United States, a registered elector of the town and have been a town resident for no fewer than 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the election.

Candidates cannot have been convicted of a felony and cannot be an employee of the town.

The election

According to the town’s website, ballots for the election will be mailed to registered town voters beginning March 16.

If you are not registered to vote, you can register with the Archuleta County Clerk’s Office located in the Archuleta County Courthouse at 449 San Juan St.

To receive a ballot by mail, you must be registered to vote prior to March 5.

Ballots can then be dropped off at Town Hall during regular business hours, or from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.