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Norris to challenge Rodeman

Eight residents file for three trustee seats in Oak Creek

Nick Foster

Bill Norris will challenge Oak Creek Mayor Kathy “Cargo” Rodeman in the town’s April election.

Nomination petitions for the Oak Creek Town Board were due Friday. In addition to the two mayoral candidates, eight residents filed for three vacancies on the Town Board. Three incumbents are running.

Incumbents running include Clyde Moore, who was elected to a four-year term in 2000; Bill Paxton, who was appointed to fill a vacancy in April 2000 and elected for a two-year term in 2002; and Tim Eskridge, who was appointed in 2003.

Two residents who have held seats on the board in the past also are running. Rita McNutt, who was elected in 1982 for a two-year term but was ousted with three other trustees in a recall in October of 1983, turned in a petition. So did Karen Halterman, who was appointed in November 1993, lost in the 1994 election by six votes, and was elected mayor in 1996.

Also running for a first-time seat on the Town Board are Oak Creek Sinclair Manager Stephen Beven, volunteer captain of the Oak Creek Fire District Kelly Lipsie and Soroco High School custodian Kenton Schmidt.

Rodeman said she is running again because she wants to finish several projects including grant applications for putting a roof on the town’s hockey rink, building a 3.5-mile trail around the outskirts of town, building a skate park and replacing almost 5,000 linear feet of water and sewer lines.

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“I would like to see the town go in the same direction it has been going the past two years,” Rodeman said. “I trust the town to choose who they think is going to do the best job for them.”

Norris is a member of the Routt County Planning Commission and is married to former Trustee Sonja Norris. He said he thinks Rodeman has done a good job in some areas; however, he thinks he can do better.

“I know there are people who are looking for a different direction for the town, and I think that I can give it to them,” Norris said. “I don’t like some of the politics Cargo has played, and I think a better job can be done.”

In Yampa, no one has filed to replace Mayor Tom Estes. Estes is not seeking a third consecutive term.

“(The Town Board) will have to appoint someone to take that position, because someone will have to run the meetings,” Yampa Town Clerk Janet Ray said Friday.

A resident could still mount a write-in candidacy for mayor, Ray said.

Three of Yampa’s incumbent trustees turned in nomination petitions: Bruce Pitts, who was appointed in 2002; Michael Ross, who was appointed in 2003; and Paul Zywicki, who was elected in 2000.

Trustee Dick Rudeen is not up for election this cycle.

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