Ten candidates running for Grand Junction City Council

Let the debating begin.

Ten Grand Junction residents want to represent you on the City Council. They had until last week to submit paperwork and signatures.

The candidates are:

District A: Tom Kenyon and Phyllis Norris.

District D: Bonnie Beckstein, Martin Chazen and Laura Luke.

District E: Harry Butler, Duncan McArthur and Robert Noble.

And, for the city’s at-large position: Richard Brainard and Bill Pitts.

Grand Junction City Clerk Stephanie Tuin said all the candidates have been verified.

Ten candidates for four open seats is “about normal” for a municipal election, she said.

Voter turnout for last year’s municipal election was robust, representing more than 40 percent of Grand Junction registered voters, she said.

Voters also will get their say on whether to allow the council to spend excess taxpayers’ dollars under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR, on transportation projects.

They also will vote on whether to change zoning on property owned by Brady Trucking, which would allow the company to expand operations closer to the Colorado River.

Putting on the election, which is contracted through Mesa County, costs an estimated $40,000, Tuin said.

Grand Junction residents have until March 4 to register to vote in this election. Ballots will be mailed out the week of March 11 and must be returned and in the possession of election officials no later than 7 p.m. April 2.

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