Town council elections set for today |

Town council elections set for today

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Minturn voters decide today who will direct the town1s future for the next four years, going to the polls to elect their new town council.It just might be the old town council. Five incumbents, a newcomer and a past council member are in the running. Two of them are running for mayor, a two-year term, and four will be on the town council. The top three vote-getters will serve four-year terms, with the fourth serving a two-year term.For mayor, current Minturn Mayor Gordon 3Hawkeye Flaherty is running against mayoral candidate Earle Bidez, a past member of the Minturn Town Council.For town council, incumbents Darell Wegert, Fred Haslee, Bill Burnett and Ernestine Duran are joined by local restaurateur Jerry Bumgarner, owner and operator of Minturn1s popular JB1s Barbeque.Eagle County1s other two town council elections are more cut and dried affairs.Election Day downvalleyIn Eagle, three candidates signed up<which works out well because there are three seats available. Paul Witt and Stephen Richards will join current board member Jon Stavney.Eagle Town Clerk Marilene Miller said there will be an election today in order to give write-in candidates an opportunity to make their stands in the political arena. Miller said write-in candidates don1t have to file affidavits with the town, which means that even if no one shows up, the polls will be open.In Gypsum, four incumbents are running for four seats. Mayor Steve Carver, Mayor Pro Tem Pam Schultz, Tim McMichael and Dick Mayne will all be back on the board.

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