Lone Tree voters expecting to receive ballots for the city council and mayoral election scheduled for May 3 should not plan a long wait by the mailbox for ballots this month.
The city posted a notice on its website on April 6 announcing that it …
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Lone Tree voters expecting to receive ballots for the city council and mayoral election scheduled for May 3 should not plan a long wait by the mailbox for ballots this month.The city posted a notice on its website on April 6 announcing that it is canceling the election, citing that each of the three candidates, one for mayor and two for city council were all running unopposed.“They're declared elected,” said Jennifer Pettinger, city clerk.Despite the canceled election, there will be a significant turnover in the makeup of the council when the new mayor and the two new council members are sworn in on May 17.Mayor Jim Gunning, who is term-limited this year and is not eligible for re-election, will hand off the gavel to Mayor Pro Tem and District 1 Councilmember Jackie Millet. Millet will vacate her council seat with two years remaining on her second term to take over the center seat.Wynne Shaw will replace District I Councilmember Harold Anderson, who is also term-limited and is planning a run for the Regional Transportation District board in November.First-term Councilmember Kim Monson chose not to seek a second term representing District 2, but plans to continue co-hosting her radio show, “Heart of the Matter” with the Americhicks, on KLZ 560 AM. Cathie Brunnick will begin her first term representing the district on May 17.Serving District 2 Councilmember Susan Squyer will be the only incumbent councilmember to retain her current seat.Once seated, the new council will vote on a replacement to serve out the remaining two years of Millet's District 1 seat in May or June.Lone Tree is currently accepting applications from interested candidates for the position. The prospective councilmember must be 25 years old by May 17, a registered voter in the City of Lone Tree, and must have lived in District 1 for at least a year.Lone Tree is divided into two districts with two councilmembers representing each district. Members serve staggered four-year terms. Councilmembers are selected from individual districts and the mayor is elected at large. All are limited to two terms each.Though the city had not finalized a contract with vendors for the election, Pettinger estimated that the canceled election saved city taxpayers around $20,000.
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