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Craig Press, Craig Association of Realtors to host candidate forum

The Craig Press — in cooperation with the Craig Association of Realtors — will host a candidate forum featuring hopefuls for the April 2 municipal election from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 18, in the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

Candidates for Craig mayor — incumbent John Ponikvar and challenger Jarrod Ogden — as well as candidates for the three expiring Craig City Council seats — Paul James, John Simo, Joshua Veenstra, Steven Mazzuca, Stephen Tucker, and Brian MacKenzie — have all been invited to participate.

The forum will be moderated by Craig Press Editor Jim Patterson and live-streamed on Facebook for those who are unable to attend.

In an effort to cover the topics of greatest interest to voters, the Craig Press is soliciting question submissions from the public for possible inclusion in the forum. To submit a question, email it to jpatterson@CraigDailyPress.com with the subject line “candidate forum,” and please indicate if the question is intended for mayoral candidates or council candidates.

Questions will be accepted through 5 p.m. Friday, March 15, and the newspaper will make every effort to include as many reader questions as possible within the forum’s time parameters.

The forum is free to attend, and the public is cordially invited. We hope to see you there.

Deadline for municipal election filings fast approaching

CRAIG — Municipal elections are coming up April 2, and with the Jan. 21 deadline to file quickly approaching, only two candidates so far have emerged.

Council members with terms expiring include:

• Mayor John Ponikvar, who serves on the Colorado Municipal League, Downtown Business Association, Yampa River System Legacy Project, and Yampa Valley Regional Airport Commission. Ponikvar has filed for re-election.

• Council member Joe Bird, who serves as a Chamber of Commerce liaison, Human Resources Council, and Planning and Zoning Commission.

• Mayor Pro Tem Derek Duran, who serves as liaison to the Colorado Northwestern Community College and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership. Duran has filed for re-election.

• Council member Jarrod Ogden, who serves on the Moffat County Airport Board and Parks and Recreation Board.

In addition to Duran, Paul James and Eric Simo have both pulled petitions to seek election to city council, according to Craig City Clerk Liz White. As of Thursday, only Ponikvar had pulled a petition to run for mayor.

Any city resident wishing to run for a seat may pick up nominating petitions in the City Clerk’s office. Completed petitions must be returned by Jan. 21 for a candidate’s name to appear on the ballot.

For more information about running for city council, contact White at lwhite@ci.craig.co.us or 970-826-2008.