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See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig,_Colorado


The most recent regular municipal election was April 2nd, 2019. Mayor and 3 At-Large seats were up for vote.

Next regular municipal election is April 6th, 2021. Mayor and 3 At-Large seats will be up for vote.


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Overview


Demographics

City Council

Resources


Council

  • Council consists of 6 members and a mayor, all elected At-Large within the city limits of Craig.
  • Terms and Limits
    • Council members are 4 years; limited to 2 consecutive terms
    • Mayor is 2 years; capped at 3 consecutive terms
  • Mayor is an elected position.
  • Assistant Mayor (usually referred to as Pro-Tem in other municipalities) is elected by council members.



Title Name Party Next Election
April
Contact 2019 Margin 2017 Margin 2015 Margin 2013 Margin 2011 Margin
Mayor John Ponikvar
(Jarrod Ogden, incoming)
Republican 2021
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1.37% (47.26%)
John Ponikvar 45.89 1
Kelly Hatten 6.84 (Write-In)
1 (Incumbent defeated)

(John Ponikvar)
At-Large Andrea Camp Republican 2021
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X 1
At-Large Joe Bird
(Brian MacKenzie, incoming)
Republican
(Cannot confirm MacKenzie affiliation)
2023
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1
(Joe Bird)
At-Large Tony Bohrer Republican 2021
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X 1
At-Large Derek Duran
(Paul James, incoming)
Republican
(Flips to Libertarian)
2023
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1
At-Large Chris Nichols Republican 2021
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X 1
At-Large Jarrod Ogden
(Steven Mazzuca, incoming)
Republican
(Flips to Unaffiliated)
2023
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1


Expanded Historical Election Results


Seat 2019 Results 2017 Results 2015 Results 2013 Results
At-Large Paul James (Libertarian) - 732 votes
Brain MacKenzie - 723 votes
Steven Mazzuca - 720 votes

John Venestra - 632 votes
Stephen Tucker - 619 votes
Eric Simo - 586 votes


Local Media


Major Media Coverage

Trump Shutdown, focusing on Craig, whose residents supported the shutdown and how few there are directly affected. Residents mostly lamented the federal government's existence, primarily via coal. One lifelong resident stated "The damage that Obama did is here, the damage is done. And I do believe that if Hillary got in, this town wouldn't exist."

Mayor John Ponikvar was interviewed extensively. "In Craig and Moffat County, we are more concerned about how federal policies can, and will affect our way of life now, and for our future. The Russia investigation is just another excuse or distraction that keeps Congress from being productive on the real issues of health care, border security, water issues, education and energy, the things that are important to us."

City Councilor Andrea Camp stated that she voted for Trump, despite his language towards whole groups of people on the campaign trail. She did it for judges.

City Councilor Chris Nichols was also quoted. "Just remember, Trump has never been a politician. And maybe that's what's firing up his base."

2019 City Council candidate and marijuana dispensary owner Paul James was quoted: "It kind of makes me question what [the federal government] do on a day-to-day basis. If I don't miss them, what were they doing?"


2019 Election

The regular municipal election is April 2nd, 2019. Mayor and 3 At-Large seats are up for vote.

All 3 At-Large seats are open, as Joe Bird termed out, Derek Duran has opted to not run again, and James Ogden is running for mayor against the incumbent mayor.


Candidates


Craig City Clerk confirmed these candidates:


Seat Name Party Endorsements/Info Contact Questionnaires
Mayor John Ponikvar (i) Republican LinkedIn
Quote in USA Today article about Trump Shutdown: "In Craig and Moffat County, we are more concerned about how federal policies can, and will affect our way of life now, and for our future. The Russia investigation is just another excuse or distraction that keeps Congress from being productive on the real issues of health care, border security, water issues, education and energy, the things that are important to us."
Facebook
Mayor Jarrod Ogden Republican
 
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At-Large Paul James Libertarian Lead the failed recreational marijuana ballot initiative
Quote in USA Today article about Trump Shutdown: "It kind of makes me question what [the federal government] do on a day-to-day basis. If I don't miss them, what were they doing?"
At-Large Brian MacKenzie (Cannot confirm) LinkedIn
At-Large Steven Mazzuca Unaffiliated
At-Large Eric Simo (Cannot confirm)
At-Large Stephen Tucker Republican LinkedIn
At-Large Joshua Veenstra Unaffiliated LinkedIn
Owner, Good Vibes River Gear
Parks & Rec Advisory Board

(i) = incumbent


Campaign Finance


Seat Name Party Total Contributions Total Expenditures Total Cash On Hand Total PACs Notable Individuals
Mayor
 
At-Large