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Saguache News – April 4

Saguache Elects Mayor, Trustees for Town Board

Saguache Town voters went to the polls on Tuesday, April 3 and elected Elvie Samora as Mayor, to serve another four years. Samora is presently the Mayor having been appointed to the position in the middle of what was a tumultuous year of politics for a small town of 500 residents. According to Town Clerk Iris Garcia who posted the unofficial election results on the town’s website, Samora tallied 131 votes, followed by Mike Wheeler with 58 votes and 19-year-old Write-In Candidate Julian Miller captured 6 ballots.

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The Meet The Candidates event held on March 31 in anticipation of the April 3 election was well attended. The political forum is sponsored by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

As for the Board of Trustees, Saguache’s decision at the booth reflected an emerging trend for the 2018 election process – more women in office – as five of the seven choices were determined by the 199 voters who exercised their constitutional rights yesterday. The numbers are as follows.

  • Amber Wilson, 152 votes – 4 year term
  • Wyoma J. Hansen, 142 votes – 4 Year Term
  • Loren J. Aldrich, 132 votes – 2 Year Term
  • Janice Torrez, 123 votes – 2 Year Term
  • Randy Arredondo, 122 votes – 2 year term
  • Timothy H. Chittum, 112 votes – not elected
  • Terry Michael Gillette, 102 votes- not elected

Since almost all the winners are currently serving in their elected positions, it was clear that voters were looking for Trustees with experience and continuity in governance as the Town moves forward on a number of pressing issues, from a new sewer system to complicated water augmentation upgrades. Congratulations to all and thank you for your willingness to serve. 

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Elected Town Board Trustee Randy Arredondo (left) and elected Saguache Mayor Elvie Samora (right) participate in last Saturday’s Meet The Candidate political forum. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

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Saguache News – March 30

Meet Candidates on Saturday for Town Election 

With the Town of Saguache Election just days away on Tuesday, April 3, it’s time for a political roundup report. Vote_electionTomorrow, March 31 there will be a Meet The Candidates event sponsored by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce at the Road & Bridge conference room starting at 2 p.m.

 

The event gives candidates for Town Trustees, as well as the Mayor of Saguache an opportunity to describe their background, qualifications and reasons they are running for office. Saguache Today will be there to report on the event and share that information for voters who will not able to attend the forum. 

The Town Election will be held on Tuesday, April 3 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Saguache Town Hall. So, it’s time to Meet Your Candidates! According to Iris Garcia, the Saguache Town Clerk, who is charged with coordinating town elections, the following is the list of the candidates as they will appear on the ballot.

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The Saguache Town Hall is located at 504 San Juan Avenue. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

First, up are the Town Trustee Candidates. The top five – out of seven – vote getters will fill the five (of 6!) open Trustee positions. According to the Town of Saguache website, some of those terms are for two years, and some are for four years. Officers can serve a total eight consecutive years. Municipal elections are non-partisan.

  • Terry Michael Gillette 
  • Randy Arredondo 
  • Amber Wilson 
  • Loren J. Aldrich 
  • Janice Torrez 
  • Timothy H. Chittum 
  • Wyoma J. Hansen

Candidates for Mayor of Saguache

The following list of candidates was acquired from the Town’s Clerk Iris Garcia:

  • Elvie M. Samora
  • Michael Ray Wheeler
  • Write In Candidate: Julian Miller 

Saguache Today will be reporting the April 3 elections results as they become available from the Town Clerk. For additional information about the Town of Saguache elections, call the Town Clerk’s Office, 719-655-2232, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email townclerk@townofsaguache.org. The Saguache Town Hall is located at 504 San Juan Avenue. 

 

 

 

Saguache News – January 5

Town Trustees: Serving Ain’t for Sissys

No matter where you turn, when the discussion comes to politics, everyone seems to be shying away. But that never solved anything. And in small rural communities like Saguache, Town management is the axle that keeps the wheel turning.

So with the New Year, comes the reborn hope for democracy, along with the following information from Saguache’s Mayor Pro-Tem and Trustee Luana Lovato regarding the town’s upcoming election this April and the positions that are open.

Swearing in Saguache Town Board April 2016

All elected officials take an oath to uphold and defend the State Constitution, as did these elected Town Trustees did in April 2016. Photo Saguache Today/Lynn Nowiskee.

A Public Service Announcement Submitted by Luana Lovato, Saguache Mayor Pro-Temp

The Town of Saguache needs citizens to run for the Office of Town Trustee, or Mayor. During the last election cycle, I challenged the citizens of Saguache to consider running for a position on the Town Board. I was so happy to see citizens step up and run for office.

The Town of Saguache has made great strides in the last 6 months and is headed in a good direction. It would be awesome if citizens decided to become involved in the future of our Town and run for office. Petition packets are available beginning January 2, 2018, and must be returned with the required verified signatures by January 22, 2018. Packets are available at the Town Hall located at 504 San Juan Ave., Saguache Colorado. There is a very short window to collect signatures on the petitions. All you need is a minimum of 10 signatures.

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The Saguache Town Hall is located at 504 San Juan Avenue. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Anyone interested in giving back to our wonderful community and help direct the future of Saguache should definitely run for office. These are very important appointments for our Town. 2018 TOWN OF SAGUACHE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS The Town of Saguache Regular Municipal Elections are held on the first Tuesday of April in even numbered years by polling place ballot locations. For the 2018 election that date will be Tuesday, April 3, 2018. At each election, eligible electors can vote for candidates nominated to fill vacancies on the Board of Trustees.

Eligibility Requirements (C.R.S 31-10-301) to run:

  • Candidate must be at least 18 years of age by the date of the election (Tuesday, April 3, 2018).
  • Candidate must be a registered voter by the time of the candidate’s nomination.
  • Candidate must be a primary resident of the Town of Saguache for a period of at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the election.
  • Candidate must maintain residency throughout the term in office.
  • Candidate must have resided within the State of Colorado for at least 22 days prior to the election.
  • Candidate must be properly registered with the Saguache County Clerk and Recorder.
  • Candidate may not be a candidate for more than one office at the same election or hold two municipal offices.

There are a number of Saguache Town positions that need to be filled in 2018.

  • The Mayor of Saguache
  • Town Trustees (5 out of the six positions need to be filled)
    •  (3) four-year positions
    • (2) two-year positions.

The three four-year Trustee positions (2018-2022) shall be awarded to the candidates receiving the highest number of votes. The two candidates receiving the next highest vote totals will fill the two positions with a term expiration of 2020.

Candidate packets can be obtained at the Saguache Town hall at 504 San Juan Avenue. For information regarding the election and the election calendar please click the link below or contact the Town Clerk at 719-655-2232 or by email at townclerk@townofsaguache.org or visit town hall.