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Town government election hotly contested

by Carol Dunn

LA VETA- The La Veta election for Mayor and Board of Trustees has attracted a lot of interest this year, fueled primarily by economic uncertainty, which has found its scapegoat in Town government. 

Mayor Mickey Schmidt will seek re-election, while Trustee Don Keairns is challenging him for the position. 

The positions of Trustees Dale Davis, Tracy Webb and Jesse Yarbrough are expiring, and all three incumbents are seeking re-election.  Six others have declared their candidacy for the three open Trustee seats: Don Lowell, Ken Fulfs, Roger Brunelli, James McAnnally, Laurie Erwin and Larry Klinke.

The election will be held April 6, 2010 at the La Veta Community Center from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  The candidates who prevail in the election will begin serving on the Town Board the very next evening, April 7, when the existing Board will meet to turn over business to the newly elected officials.

    “Informal Voter Meetings” are being arranged on March 15 and 22, and the organizers are asking La Veta residents to “come out and meet with all candidates.”  The incumbent candidates were invited a week after the other candidates.  The La Veta Cuchara Chamber of Commerce is also sponsoring a public forum for all the candidates on March 25 at 7:00 pm at the La Veta Community Center. 

    It is important for all eligible citizens to vote. You decide who will govern your Town.