Three on council to run once again in April election
Are among 8 who say they'll run
Three current Grand Junction city councilors plan to run for their seats again in the city’s April election, and they were among eight candidates who as of Thursday had picked up their packets and signaled their intent to run for council.
Councilors Tom Kenyon, Laura Luke and Bill Pitts signed up Wednesday, the first day the paperwork was available to potential candidates.
Additionally, Phyllis Norris signed on as a candidate, planning to run in District A against Kenyon. Martin Chazen registered to run in District D against Luke. Potential candidates Harry Butler and Robert Noble also intend to enter the race for the open seat in District E that will be vacated by Teresa Coons, who is term-limited.
Rick Brainard intends to run against Pitts for an at-large seat.
Registered voters of Grand Junction have until Jan. 21 to return paperwork to officially be considered a candidate. Candidates must collect 50 signatures. Residents must be registered to vote in Grand Junction by March 4.
Having several people pick up packets on the first day the paperwork is available is not unusual, Grand Junction City Clerk Stephanie Tuin said.
“It was a little bit of a flurry in here,” Tuin said of Wednesday’s activity. “Those that are sure usually come right in on the first day.”
Packets can be picked up anytime as long as they are completed and returned before the Jan. 21 cutoff, Tuin said.
Candidates must reside for at least a year in the area they plan to run in. Four seats are up for grabs in the April 2 election. Those are in District A, which roughly includes the Redlands; District D, which includes the city’s northeast quadrant, north of Patterson Avenue; District E, which includes the downtown area and Orchard Mesa; and an at-large seat, which would qualify a resident living anywhere in Grand Junction.