Candidates emerge in Basalt races
The election for three seats on the Basalt Town Council is suddenly drawing a lot more interest.
Mark Kittle and Gary Tennenbaum submitted petitions as of noon Thursday, according to Basalt Town Manager Mike Scanlon.
Kittle is currently serving on the council. He was appointed to fill out a term when Anne Freedman resigned.
Tennenbaum is a former council member who served one term from 2006 to 2010.
Scanlon said four other persons picked up nomination petitions. They are Bernie Grauer, Sharon Hall, Teresa Hackbarth and Jeff Orsulak.
Scanlon couldn’t be reached for comment later in the day to see if any of the four turned in their petitions or if additional candidates emerged. Candidates must get the signatures of 25 qualified electors.
The deadline to turn in candidate petitions is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.
The election for the three seats is April 1. Incumbents Glenn Rappaport and Karin Teague aren’t seeking re-election, so at least two new faces will join the seven-member board.
The three council seats will be filled in an at-large election. Candidates don’t run for one specific seat or against one specific person. The three who receive the most votes are the winners.
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