Candidate joins City Council race

Addition makes six for three seats

The potential field of candidates for three seats on the Durango City Council grew to six as of Friday.

Dean Brookie, an architect, is the latest to take out an application packet, joining Councilor Christina Rinderle, Durango Vacation Premier Rental owner Keith Brant, technology journalist Jordan Golson, Ska Brewing Co. server Kristen Smith and former Durango School District 9-R board member Floyd Patterson.

Mayor Doug Lyon is term-limited from seeking re-election. Councilor Paul Broderick announced he is not running again.

Candidates have until Feb. 26 to return the 25 signatures of registered voters needed to qualify for the April ballot.

Rinderle and Brant have returned petitions, but their signatures still must be verified by the city.

On Tuesday, the current City Council is expected to adopt a resolution authorizing a mail-in ballot for the April 2 election, costing the city about $17,000, according to a city memo.

The city has used mail-in ballots for municipal elections since April 2003, when a mail-in ballot helped increase voter participation to 58 percent, an increase over the 19 percent turnout for the municipal election in 2001.