Petition season underway for candidates


Englewood municipal and school board election season shifted into a higher gear the first full week of August, when office-seekers were permitted to begin collecting signatures on the nominating petitions needed to get on the ballot.

Voters will be asked to elect Englewood City Council members in District 2, District 4 and one at-large council member. They also will elect a municipal judge and vote on ballot issues. At the same time, registered voters living in the district will be asked to elect three members to the school board.

Councilmember Rick Gillit, incumbent in District 4, has declared himself a candidate for re-election. The two other incumbents, Linda Olson in District 2 and Mayor Pro Tem Jim Woodward in the at-large position, have not indicated if they will seek another term. As of Aug. 1, Tim Donohoo is the only Englewood resident who has declared himself a candidate and has said he will seek to be elected to the at-large council position.

Vince Atencio, municipal judge, has declared he will seek another term.

Residents running for city council or municipal judge must collect the signatures of at least 50 registered voters on nominating petitions to qualify to be on the November ballot. The at-large and municipal judge candidates can collect petition signatures citywide. The District 2 and District 4 candidates must collect the signatures of at least 50 registered voters who are residents of the candidate’s district.

Council candidates were permitted to begin collecting signatures on their nominating petitions on Aug. 6. The completed petitions must be turned into the clerk’s office not later than 5 p.m. Aug. 26.

School board members who have terms expiring in November and are eligible to seek another term are Gene Turnbull and Tom O’Connor. O’Connor was appointed to fill a vacancy on the school board in 2009 so, by law, to remain on the board he must seek a full term in the next municipal election.

School board president Scott Gorsky’s term expires in November but, because of term limits, he is not eligible to seek re-election.

As of Aug. 1, Turnbull and Englewood resident Tena Prange have declared they are candidates for the school board election.

All registered voters in the school district are eligible to vote for school board candidates.

Like residents running for city council, school board candidates must collect at least 50 signatures of registered voters on their nominating petitions to get their name on the November ballot. Candidates began circulating their petitions Aug. 7. The completed petitions must be returned to the executive assistant to the superintendent and school board by 5 p.m. Aug. 30.

As has happened in the past, if there are the same number of candidates as there are school board vacancies, the district does not need to hold an election and it will be canceled.

The city also has placed a non-binding question on the November ballot, asking residents if all aspects of the recreational marijuana industry should be prohibited in Englewood.



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