2020 Municipal Election
NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Gypsum’s Municipal Election initially scheduled for April 7, 2020, will now take place July 7, 2020, and will convert to a mail-in ballot. This decision has been made to protect the health of town staff, election judges, and voters and to adhere to the intent of Eagle County’s March 18 Public Health Order, while ensuring that Town voters can exercise their voting rights without fear for their health.
There are three, four-year term council seats up for election. Council members Tom Edwards, Chris Huffman, and Marisa Sato are seeking re-election and the four candidates also running for those seats are Kathleen Brendza, Cicero DaSilva, Lori McCole, and Jesse Meryhew.
The ballot for this election will also include questions for Gypsum residents requesting their vote on a funding allocation request for Sweetwater Lake and changes to the Town of Gypsum Home Rule Charter. Those ballot questions are listed below.
TOWN OF GYPSUM BALLOT QUESTION A:
Without raising taxes, shall the Town of Gypsum contribute $80,000 to the Eagle Valley Land Trust’s Save the Lake Campaign, in addition to $20,000 previously contributed by the Town, for the acquisition of the 488-acre Sweetwater Lake Ranch, including the privately-owned portion of Sweetwater Lake, by the Conservation Fund, a nonprofit corporation, or a similar non-profit or governmental entity, for public recreation and resource conservation purposes that may include but not be limited to fishing, horseback riding, boating and camping, opening access to surrounding public lands, conserving critical wildlife habitat, and protecting the Upper Colorado River watershed?
TOWN OF GYPSUM BALLOT QUESTION B:
Shall the Gypsum Home Rule Charter be amended to change the time period for submittal of petitions for candidates for Mayor or Councilmembers to between 71 and 91 days prior to the election, and to specify the process for Officer’s recall, as set forth in Ordinance No. 01 (Series 2020)?
TOWN OF GYPSUM BALLOT QUESTION C:
Shall the Gypsum Home Rule Charter be amended to add further clarification to the required procedures for the initiative and referendum processes, as set forth in Ordinance No. 1 (Series 2020)?
TOWN OF GYPSUM BALLOT QUESTION D:
Shall the Gypsum Home Rule Charter be amended to redefine the powers and duties of the Mayor to shift the day-to-day oversight and operational duties to the Town Manager, as set forth in Ordinance No. 01 (Series 2020)?
TOWN OF GYPSUM BALLOT QUESTION E:
Shall the Gypsum Home Rule Charter be amended to permit copies of ordinances under consideration by the Town Council to be provided to the public either via hard copy or electronically, including posting to the Town website or via email or other electronic form, as set forth in Ordinance No. 01 (Series 2020)?
TOWN OF GYPSUM BALLOT QUESTION F:
Shall the Gypsum Home Rule Charter be amended to designate the Town’s website as the official location for postings and publications required by the Charter and Gypsum Municipal Code, as set forth in Ordinance No. 01 (Series 2020)?