Recall election date to be set soon

Jill Beathard
Snowmass Sun

A date for a recall election in Snowmass Village will be set in the next few days.

The governor sets the date for recall elections, according to the state constitution, and the town submitted a completed recall petition to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office on Monday. The dates it requested for consideration are Oct. 6 and Oct. 13, both Tuesdays.

A petition to recall Councilman Chris Jacobson was verified as having the required number of signatures by the town clerk earlier this month. Registered voters in the town had 15 days to file a protest according to state law, but none had been filed as of 4 p.m. Aug. 21.

According to the state constitution, which the town defers to on matters of recall, the governor must set the election date not less than 30 days but no more than 60 days after the date the petition was submitted. Town Clerk Rhonda Coxon clarified Monday that that refers to the date of submission to the governor, not to the town, so the dates requested fall within the appropriate timeframe.

The constitution provides Jacobson five days to submit his resignation without his position going to a recall vote. Jacobson, who faces criminal charges following a June 26 arrest, has said he doesn’t intend to resign.

If an election occurs and residents vote in favor of a recall, they also will be asked to elect a successor. Nomination petitions are available from the town clerk and must be submitted 30 days before the election date.

As of Monday, Planning Commissioners Tom Goode and Jamie Knowlton had turned in candidate affidavit forms, Coxon said.