Councilman Rick Stevens runs for mayor in Basalt |

Councilman Rick Stevens runs for mayor in Basalt

Rick Stevens is going to challenge Jacque Whitsitt in the Basalt mayoral race rather than seek another four-year term as a councilman.

Stevens took out a candidate nomination petition earlier this month but declined to publicly disclose what office he was seeking. Town Clerk Pam Schilling said Friday that Stevens submitted a petition to run for mayor. Stevens is at the end of a four-year term as councilman. He also is a former Basalt mayor.

Another current councilman, Bernie Grauer, also has taken out a nomination petition with the intention of running for mayor. He said recently that he might withdraw from the race. If so, he would retain his council seat. He is in the middle of a four-year term.

The town election is April 5. Three council seats are up for grabs in addition to the mayor’s position. All positions are for four-year terms. The council races are at-large, so the three top vote-getters will win seats.

Incumbent Rob Leavitt submitted a petition to seek re-election to a four-year term.

Leroy Duroux, a former mayor and councilman, submitted a nomination petition to run for council, Schilling said. Duroux declined earlier this week to disclose what office he would seek.

Bel Carpenter also entered the council race, according to Schilling.

Several people have taken out candidate petitions but haven’t turned them in. They have until the end of the day Monday to submit them to Schilling if they want to enter the race. Those taking out petitions are incumbent Herschel Ross, former Councilwoman Katie Schwoerer, Carol Hawk, Mark Kwiecienski, Jen Riffle, Auden Schendler and Haley Thompson.

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