Kroese sole write-in for election

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Tuesday marked the last day for write-in candidates to submit affidavits to the election office for eligibility in the November general election.

The only write-in candidate will be Don Kroese, who is running for sheriff. Kroese ran for sheriff as a Democrat in 2000, and as an independent in 1998. Current Sheriff Buddy Grinstead defeated Kroese by 135 votes in 1998, and by 457 votes in the 2000 election.

The sheriff's race now is between three candidates -- Tim Jantz, who won the Republican primary election on Aug. 8, Vic Alton, who petitioned his way onto the November ballot as an Independent, and Don Kroese, whose name will not appear on the ballot. Kroese is registered as a candidate and can be written in by voters on the blank line provided.

The next important date in the election process comes on Sept. 11, when the ballot certification takes place.

This year's ballot will have 17 questions for voters to approve or deny. State issues make up 14 of the questions, with the remaining three being local issues.

Locally, voters will be asked to retain the mill levy for Colorado Northwestern Community College, increase the mill levy for the Craig Rural Fire Protection District and approve changes to amend the city charter.

Dates to remember for voting in the general election include Oct. 10, the last day to register to vote if you did not vote in the primary, the last election, or are new to town; Oct. 23 to Nov. 3, early voting; Nov. 3, the deadline for absentee ballots; and Nov. 7, general Election Day.

Voters are required to present identification to cast a ballot in person on Election Day.

Voting centers are located in the Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, Craig; Hamilton Town Hall, South Colorado Highway 13, Hamilton; Maybell Community Center, 406 Collom St., Maybell; and Dinosaur Town Hall, 333 Stegosaurus, Dinosaur.

Any questions about registration or voting may be directed to Deputy Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod at 824-9104.

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