Craig city clerk confirms candidates for municipal election |

Craig city clerk confirms candidates for municipal election

Craig Press staff report
The Craig City Council receives updates during its regular meeting Tuesday.
Sasha Nelson/staff

CRAIG — Craig’s City Council will have a very different look come April.

That’s because several residents have filed successfully to have their names added to the ballot for Craig’s April 2 municipal election. The election will fill three council seats opened by Joe Bird, who hit his term limit; Derek Duran, who decided not to run again; and Jarrod Ogden — who is challenging incumbent Craig Mayor John Ponikvar.

According to City Clerk Liz White, six candidates will be on the April 2 ballot for city council — Paul James, Eric Simo, Joshua Veenstra, Steven Mazzuca, Brian MacKenzie, and Stephen Tucker.

But only three open seats exist, meaning voters will have some choices to make.

“Everyone (voters) will fill in three spots out of those six, and the top vote-getters will win the seats,” said City Attorney Sherman Romney in an interview Wednesday.

The new council will have to tackle several issues facing Craig in the coming years, including an impending 2020 deadline to meet changing water quality requirements, several economic development initiatives, and improving internet infrastructure.


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