Greeley could cancel mayoral, council elections over lack of interest

5:43 AM, Jul 26, 2011   |    comments
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"It's not a normal thing. We have people announce their candidacy as early as January, but this year we have only four candidates that have announced so far," Betsy Holder, Greeley's city clerk, said.

Roughly one month remains for potential candidates to declare interest. Holder says the lack of interest seems especially unusual given a February council opening that drew 16 candidates.

Steve Mazurana is a retired political science professor from the University of Northern Colorado. He has been following Greeley politics for years.

"This would be the first election in Greeley history in which there are no challengers to the incumbents," Mazurana said. "I think the perception is, Greeley city management is running pretty well, and in that case, people who are against something, or have a concern with something, are probably going to wait until 2 years from now."

That's when some term limits will expire and would-be candidates might think they have a better shot of winning, Mazurana said.

The upside to cancelling the election would be savings. Holder says Greeley budgets roughly $50,000 for an election - money the city would save if the election doesn't happen in November.

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