Carbondale gearing up for April elections |

Carbondale gearing up for April elections

Michael Hassig

CARBONDALE – Carbondale voters will go to the polls this spring to decide on a new mayor and to fill three board of trustee seats.

The town’s mayor for the past eight years, Michael Hassig, is up against term limits and cannot run again. That leaves the race wide open for either a current member of the town board or any qualified Carbondale resident to run for the mayor’s seat in the April 6 municipal election.

As yet, no candidates have formally announced their intentions to run for mayor, although one trustee whose board seat is also up for election went on record saying she’s at least thinking about running for mayor.

“It is something I’ve talked to my family about, and I think it would be an honor to be the mayor of my hometown and my kids’ hometown,” Trustee Stacey Bernot said recently.

However, a bid for mayor would mean she would not be able to run for re-election to her current trustee seat.

“There’s a lot to think about … I’ll be curious to see who else is out there who might be interested,” she said. “The loss of Michael is going to be significant, because I think we have a board right now that works real well together.”

In addition to Bernot’s seat, trustee seats now held by Frosty Merriott and John Foulkrod are also up for re-election, all for four-year terms.

Merriott, who was elected to a two-year term in the 2008 election, indicated that he plans to run again. Foulkrod, who is coming up on six consecutive years on the board, is eligible to run for another four-year term. He also said he will likely run again.

Feb. 16 is the first day to request and begin circulating a nominating petition to run for either mayor or one of the trustee seats in Carbondale. Town Clerk Cathy Derby said that, as yet, she has not had any inquiries.

Candidates have until March 5 to collect the required number of signatures from registered town voters. Petitions must be submitted by 5 p.m. that day.

Other deadlines for the April 6 Carbondale municipal election include:

March 7 – Last day for voters to establish Carbondale town residency to be eligible to vote in the April election.

March 8 – Last day to register to vote.

March 12 – Last day for a candidate to withdraw their nomination, or amend insufficient election petitions.

March 16 – Last day to file as a write-in candidate

March 29 – Sample and official ballots available at Town Clerk’s Office.

April 2 – Last day to submit an application for an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are currently available from the Town Clerk’s Office. For more information, call 963-2733.

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