Steamboat Springs City Council race short on candidates ahead of filing deadline
If nothing changes in the coming days, this fall’s Steamboat Springs City Council election won’t be a competition.
And, the council may even have to appoint someone rather than see someone elected.
With less than two weeks remaining until the filing deadline, only the three incumbents who are eligible to run again have submitted the paperwork they need to file for the election.
And, the race for District 3, which generally includes the mountain resort area and the southern city limits, had no candidates as of Thursday afternoon.
Current City Council President Walter Magill is term-limited in District 3, meaning he cannot legally run again.
If a candidate does not step forward, the council would have to appoint a new member.
Candidates have until Aug. 28 to submit their affidavits for the election.
To earn a spot on the ballot, a candidate must gather 25 valid signatures of registered voters in his or her respective district.
Current candidates include Scott Ford, Kathi Meyer and Lisel Petis.
Meyer is seeking the District 2 seat, Ford is seeking the at-large seat and Petis is seeking the District 1 seat.
The last time council seats were up for election, all the races were contested.
Five candidates ran in District 1, and two candidates ran for the other seats.
The council hasn’t had an election with all seats uncontested in recent history.
Besides getting the chance to set the city budget and policies, council members are compensated each month for their service.
Council members currently earn a paycheck of $842.23 per month, the president pro-tem earns $982.93 per month and the council president earns $1,121.68 per month.
It isn’t known whether council members will also hold onto the health insurance benefits they’ve received now for more than 20 years.
That’s because the insurance question will be decided by voters in the same election.
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