Natalie McDowell withdrew in mid-August for Hawks’ District 3 seat, according to Grand County Clerk Diana Carroll, who additionally confirmed that Brian Ballard withdrew from his race on Friday, Sept. 7 – which was the deadline to file as a write-in candidate. That gives Morse no competition for District 1, a seat left vacant by the resignation of Patrick Trim earlier this summer.
The at-large seat currently held by Mary McGann will be the only competitive Grand County Council race. McGann faces Norm Knapp.
In other races, Christina Sloan and Stephen Stocks are still in the running to replace outgoing Grand County Attorney Andrew Fitzgerald, who will step aside after an eight-year tenure. There is no drama for other county races as the candidates are unopposed. They are: clerk candidate Chris Baird, who will replace Carroll; incumbent Sheriff Steven White, and surveyor candidate Lucas Blake, who will replace John Cortes.
The Grand County Board of Education has two seats up for election. Britnie Ellis is running unopposed in District 1. Ryan Anderson and Katherine Williams will compete for the District 4 seat currently held by Beth Joseph.
Grand County conducts its elections through the mail. According to the election calendar, the deadline to register to vote by mail is Oct. 9. Ballots will be mailed out to all active registered voters in the county on Oct. 16. Oct. 30 is the last day to register to vote online or in person. This is also the deadline for candidates to file their financial disclosure forms.
Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 5 at the latest. They can be brought to the Grand County Clerk in person on Nov. 6. The results will be finalized Nov. 20.