Eagle Town Board to host candidate night Feb. 10
The community’s next municipal election is scheduled April 1, but the Eagle Town Board wants local residents to look past the April Fools Day timing and give serious thought to entering the race.
On April 1, Eagle voters will elect three residents to four-year town board terms. Prospective candidates must submit nomination petitions, with the signatures of at least 10 registered voters, no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 to have their names appear on the municipal ballot. Nomination petitions will be available on Monday, Feb. 10. That is also the date scheduled for a candidate information night hosted by the current members of the Eagle Town Board.
“Eagle is looking for a few good women and men to serve,” said Eagle Town Manager Jon Stavney. “There are no qualifications per se other than residency and trustees certainly don’t need to know everything from day one. After a few planning files and after a budget season, most have a good sense of the job which involves studying for meetings every other week, a lot of listening and deliberating with their peers.”
As Stavney noted, the qualifications to run for Eagle Town Board are minimal. A candidate must be:
A citizen of the United States
At least 18 years of age
A resident of Eagle for at least 12 consecutive months preceding date of election
A registered voter
The information session on Feb. 10 will include a presentation about the role of town board members and an overview of how the town operates. Current members along with members of the town staff will be available to answer questions.
Stavney served as a town board member and as Eagle Mayor before he was elected as Eagle County commissioner five years ago. He took over as town manger in June.
“My first term on the town board in 1998 was my favorite civics lesson ever,” said Stavney. “For someone who has been involved in the community, who has a passion for this place, running for town board is a great next step in your service, and your understanding how this community works.”
Stavney noted board members gain a wide breadth of knowledge during their respective terms, including information about state statutes, the land use process, what it takes to manage a small town, streets, police operations, water and wastewater systems and more
“You will find out what your neighbors think about pedestrian walkways and the leash law — it really is all of the public realm in a nutshell of a job,” Stavney concluded.