Candidates vie for 3 council seats

With a group of supporters on hand Wednesday, Jacob Richards announces his intent to run for Grand Junction City Council.

Former Grand Junction mayor Jim Doody declined to seek re-election to the Grand Junction City Council in 2009, but almost two years later he wants a second term.

Doody, who was elected to a four-year term on the council in 2005, is the latest candidate to enter a growing pool of City Council candidates. He is running for the open at-large seat, a position that has attracted four other candidates as of Wednesday.

Doody said he would like to oversee the building of the Grand Junction public safety center, a project he rallied for during his previous tenure, but voters in 2008 rejected the proposed $98 million facility.

A public safety center is in the works after the city took out certificates of participation late last year in exchange for making regular lease payments on the building for the next 30 years.

“I’d like to be there and help guide that process along,” Doody said of the public safety center.

Doody said in 2008 he would not seek a second term on City Council, citing a desire to spend more time with family and to focus on his work.

Doody, who is a compliance and safety superintendent for Petty Construction, said he is not working currently because contracts for natural gas pipelines have stalled.

Doody started a petition drive in 2008 to run for the Mesa County Commission against incumbent commissioner Craig Meis. Doody failed to deliver the more than 2,700 signatures required to petition onto the Republican primary ballot.

Also Wednesday, at-large candidate Jacob Richards used Grand Junction City Hall as a backdrop to formally announce his candidacy.

“I want to move this city forward. I hold government accountable. I stand up for the little guy,” Richards said to a crowd of about 15 supporters, some accompanied by their children and their dogs.

Candidates have until Jan. 24 to turn in petitions with signatures of 50 registered voters. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, be registered to vote in Grand Junction and have lived in the city limits for at least the past year. Anyone interested in running for council can pick up a packet at the City Clerk’s Office, 250 N. Fifth St., or call 244-1511.

As of Wednesday, current Grand Junction City Council member Sam Susuras is the only contender for District B, while Bennett Boeschenstein and Aaron Norris are running for District C. Doody, Richards, John Ballagh, Helen deVergie and Joshua Wussick are running for the at-large seat.


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