Counting set to begin in Fruita, Palisade elections

Fruita and Palisade residents are running out of time to cast their mail-in ballots in this year’s municipal elections.

Ballots are due by 7 p.m. today at the Fruita Civic Center, 325 E. Aspen Ave., and at Palisade Town Hall, 175 E. Third St.

Fruita voters are being asked to choose from five candidates — Lori Buck, Bruce Bonar, Bob Fuller, Victoria Gunyan and Brandon Schuette — for three City Council seats. Buck and Bonar are running for re-election, while Councilman Nick Kohls is term-limited. Mayor Ken Henry is unopposed in his bid for re-election.

Voters in Fruita also will decide whether to approve a 5 percent sales tax on medical marijuana products. City officials say the tax is needed to pay for oversight and enforcement of the burgeoning industry.

Palisade voters must choose from seven candidates — Dave Edwards, Patty Hanna, Tom Keenan, Michael McDonald, Bennett Price, Penny Prinster and Wayne Reid — for three seats on the Town Board. Current trustees Jim Bennett, Mario Coringrato and Dave Hull chose not to run for second terms.

Fruita City Clerk Margaret Steelman said as of Friday, the city had received back roughly 2,000 of the 5,848 ballots it mailed to registered voters. A total of 2,554 ballots were cast in 2008.

In Palisade, Town Clerk Carol Speakman said as of Friday, the town had received back about 400 of the 1,160 ballots that went out to voters. A total of 540 ballots were cast in 2008.

Neither Fruita nor Palisade had yet counted ballots received Monday.


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