Mayor to seek second term

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In the April 3 city election, Craig residents will see a familiar name on the ballot. Mayor Dave DeRose announced today he will run for re-election.

"I turned in my petition yesterday," DeRose said.

DeRose had been undecided as to whether he was going to seek another two-year term in the seat he currently holds, but said that following a peaceful vacation, his mind was made up.

"I had some time to relax and, by last Thursday afternoon, my brain was buzzing with ideas and I thought the only way to accomplish those ideas was to run again."

DeRose said he has big plans for the city of Craig if re-elected.

"We've been reactionary for 100 years the whole Yampa Valley has been reactionary," he said. "I want to change that and it's time we make this community what we want it to be. I think we can accomplish that."

DeRose said that if elected he's looking forward to continuing his work with the City Council.

"I think a successful City Council is a good shock absorber. When there is a chuckhole in the road, the City Council may hit it, but it keeps on going on the straight path straight toward the future," he said.

Incumbents Natalie Alden, Don Jones and Bill Johnston have each returned packets to run for the three open council seats. Chris Rothermund picked up a packet for mayor and his wife picked up a City Council nomination packet. Russ Gaylord has also requested a petition. None has been returned.

The deadline to submit election packages to run in the April 3 race is 5 p.m. today.

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