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Nominating petitions for four open Vail Town Council seats available Sept. 14

September 12, 2009 — Nominating petitions will be available beginning Monday, Sept. 14 for candidates interested in running for one of four open seats on the Vail Town Council for the Nov. 3 election.

The petitions may be picked up in the Vail Town Clerk’s Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Vail Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Rd.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. Oct. 2 to circulate and return the nominating petitions. A minimum of 10 valid signatures from registered voters is required for certification.

The four council seats up for election are held by Kevin Foley, Mark Gordon, Farrow Hitt and Kim Newbury. All four are eligible to run for re-election. The terms of the remaining council members, Dick Cleveland, Andy Daly and Margaret Rogers, run until November of 2011.

To qualify for the upcoming Vail Town Council election, candidates must:

* Be a citizen of the U.S.
* Be a registered voter within Vail
* Be at least 21 years of age
* Be a Vail resident for two years immediately preceding the election

Town elections are non-partisan. In accordance with the town’s charter, the three candidates receiving the highest number of voters in the regular election will serve four-year terms, while the fourth highest vote-getter will serve a two-year term.

Incoming council members receive a salary of $625 per month, while council members elected prior to November 2007 receive a salary of $500 per month so as not to benefit from their earlier approval of a salary increase; and the mayor receives a $1,000 monthly salary. The mayor and mayor pro-tem are elected from among the council members and each serves a two-year term.

Voters have until Oct. 5 to register to vote in the upcoming election. Early voting begins Oct. 22.

For more information, call the Vail Town Clerk’s Office at (970) 479-2136 or visit



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