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Protest period looms for possible recall election in Snowmass

Aug 20, 2015

Snowmass Village Town Councilman will know Friday whether he faces a recall election. A protest period for such an election ends Friday afternoon.
Credit Aspen Daily News

Friday (8/21) is the deadline to submit protests to a petition asking for an election to recall Snowmass Village Town councilman Chris Jacobson. 

As of Thursday afternoon, no protests had been turned in. The protest period ends at 4 pm Friday. A group of citizens submitted the petition after gathering more than 300 signatures. They want Chris Jacobson out of elected office because of his actions in June. He was arrested for drunk driving and then allegedly trashed the Pitkin County Jail.

If no protests are turned in by the deadline, town government will mail a formal request to the state to set an election date. Such an election would be held in late September or early October. Town officials estimate it will cost about $5000. Last fall’s election brought in nearly 970 votes, or 42 percent of the electorate. If a special election is held this year, it’ll be mail-ballot in hopes of reaching as many voters as possible.