Craig City of Craig voters are down to the final two days to turn in their ballots in the mayoral and City Council races.
Election Day is Tuesday, and this year’s municipal election features two candidates vying to be mayor and six candidates competing for either three or four council seats, depending on the outcome in the mayor’s race.
Incumbent Terry Carwile is running against current City Council member Ray Beck for mayor. If Carwile wins, Beck will continue to serve out his existing term on the council and the top three vote-getters in Tuesday’s council race will be elected. If Beck wins, it opens up a fourth council seat. In that case, the four highest vote-getters in Tuesday’s council election will be appointed to the board that oversees all city business.
The six candidates running for council are incumbents Byron Willems, Jennifer Riley and Gene Bilodeau, and newcomers Leland Ray (John) Smith, Tony Bohrer and Jarrod Ogden.
The election is being conducted exclusively by mail ballot. Mail ballots were sent out a week and a half ago to all active city of Craig voters — i.e., those who voted in last November’s general election. However, all registered city voters are eligible to cast a ballot. Anyone who hasn’t received a mail ballot can go the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder’s Office until 7 p.m. Tuesday to get one.
Completed ballots can be dropped in ballot boxes at Craig City Hall and the Moffat County Courthouse as late as 7 p.m. Tuesday. Any ballots not turned in by 7 p.m. will not be counted. Although election officials say they will stop by the post office at closing time Tuesday for any ballots that were returned by mail, they recommend residents use either of the two drop boxes instead.
To learn more about the candidates and their stances on local issues, check out the March 25 and March 27 editions of the Craig Daily Press, which featured extensive question-and-answer write-ups with each candidate. Those interviews also are available at CraigDailyPress.com/election.
For more information about the election and how to cast a ballot, call Moffat County Elections Supervisor Stephanie Beckett at 970-824-9120