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Want to lead Red Cliff?

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

RED CLIFF, Colorado ” Elections have been canceled in the past when people have run unopposed for Red Cliff’s Board of Trustees, Red Cliff residents said.

In that case, the trustees appoint people to the seats, said Scott Burgess, who is running for a seat.

“It’s hard to get anybody to step up and do it. In years past it’s, ‘OK, do you want to do it? OK, it’s yours,'” he said.

Two people besides those who are already on the board have picked up petitions to run for the Board of Trustees, said the town’s clerk, Joanna Snyder. Snyder declined to name the potential candidates.

If those people don’t turn in the petitions ” with no less than 10 signatures from registered voters in Red Cliff ” by Friday, the election will be canceled, Snyder said.

A candidate must be 18 years old by the election, must be a U.S. citizen, must have lived in Red Cliff for a year and cannot have any felony convictions, she said.

That lack of participation by residents in politics is Red Cliff’s biggest problem, said Heather Stolz, who has lived in the town since July and in the Vail Valley for 11 years. She attends Red Cliff’s Board of Trustees meetings regularly and is trying to get more people to go, she said.

“If we want to remain a true community, people have to get involved,” she said.

Still, Stolz said that a high percentage of Red Cliff’s voters are registered ” she counted 186 registered voters a month ago. Red Cliff had an estimated population of more than 300 in 2006, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Web site.

Stolz hopes all 186 people vote and that more people will run.

“That would be a wonderful thing,” she said.


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