Silt mayor won’t run for commissioner |

Silt mayor won’t run for commissioner

Heidi Rice
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Dave Moore

SILT, Colo. ” Mayor Dave Moore announced Friday afternoon that he will not run for the Garfield County Board of Commissioners because of the recall election he faces in April.

Moore had previously indicated he might run against incumbent Republican commissioner John Martin for the District 2 seat. However, Moore also said that his candidacy was contingent upon whether a recall effort to remove him as mayor was successful in the town’s April 1 municipal election. If so, he said he would remove his hat from the ring of potential commissioner candidates.

Moore now says he will not run for county commissioner because of the recall election, but at one time had entertained the thought of serving as both the mayor of Silt and as a county commissioner.

“I decided a couple of weeks ago when I saw this nightmare of a recall wasn’t going to go away,” Moore said Friday afternoon. “Because of the recall, I feel the town needs me and I want to give my service to the town. I was hoping some good would come out of this and I would walk out with my head up. But it seems like there’s a small contingency out there who are making it difficult.”

The recall effort was spearheaded by Silt mayor pro tem Tod Tibbetts last fall and a committee who claimed that Moore has violated numerous town and state statutes.

So far, three candidates have taken out petitions to run for the mayor’s position should Moore be recalled, including former town trustee Doug Williams and former town administrator Rick Aluise. The third candidate has not turned in his petition and has asked not to be named as of yet.

The mayor candidate petitions must include 25 signatures from registered voters and be turned in to Silt Town Hall by Feb. 15.

On Monday, petitions will also be available for those interested in running for the four open town board seats in the April election, which are currently held by trustees Bobby Hays, Ron Morgan, Jim Voorheis and Joe Sos.

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