RIDGWAY – Ridgway’s municipal elections, which were scheduled for April, have been cancelled, according to Town Clerk Pam Kraft.
The reason for the vote was to elect members to four open council seats. But only four residents put in applications, and those four were the four incumbents: Ellen Hunter, Jim Kavanaugh, Mayor Pro Tem Eric Johnson and Bo James Nerlin. (Returning councilors, with a year remaining on their terms, are Rick Weaver, Jason Gunning and Mayor John Clark.)
All seats are for two-year terms, but in this case one councilor will serve just a one-year term, because former councilor Rich Durnan left (to join the Peace Corps) with a year to go on his term. Nerlin applied and was appointed to finish Durnan’s term. Under the town’s charter, and in a typical election with contested seats, the winner with the fewest votes would get the foreshortened term.
“But,” said Town Manager Jen Coates in an email, “with no election, I’ll have to do some research on process.”
Kraft wrote that “at the March council meeting (scheduled for Mar. 13), I will present a resolution cancelling the election, and we will discuss how to choose who will receive the one-year term.”
At the regular April meeting (on the second Wednesday of the month), all four unopposed candidates will take the oath of office for the new term.