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Posted on: September 13, 2021

Ballot Lineup Finalized for City Election

The 2021 election is shaping up to be a competitive one for the Fort Morgan City Council.

The final ballot content for the City of Fort Morgan has been certified to the Morgan County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, which conducts the city election as part of its Coordinated Election. The Nov. 2 election will be a mail-ballot election, with ballots scheduled to be mailed to registered voters during the week of Oct. 11.


The Fort Morgan portion of the 2021 ballot features a total of 11 candidates competing for five seats on the Fort Morgan City Council, including three candidates for mayor. The ballot also includes City of Fort Morgan Ballot Question 2G, a proposal to amend the city’s home rule charter to streamline the city’s procurement practices.


The ballot content for the City Council election is as follows:



Kevin “Doc” Lindell
 Christine Castoe
 Lyn Deal


Councilmember Ward 1 

Douglas Schossow (i)


Councilmember Ward 2

William (Bill) Garcia (i)

R. Jon Kaper (i)

Tabitha Fainter


Councilmember Ward 3 

James Parks

Jim Avery

Andrew J. Stieb

Houefa Diane Akpamoli


There are no incumbents running for mayor or the Ward 3 seat, as Mayor Ron Shaver and Councilmember Kevin Lindell are term-limited.


Two seats are available in Ward 2 this year, because current councilmembers Kaper and Garcia were appointed between elections to fill vacancies caused by resignations, which means they must stand for election at the next regular election. Of the three candidates in Ward 2, the one who receives the most votes will receive a four-year term, and the other will serve a two-year term, thereby maintaining the staggered term system that normally sees just one candidate in each ward up for election in any given year.


All those who are elected in November will be sworn in and take their seats during a special meeting of the City Council on Jan. 11, 2022.


The city’s ballot question proposes to delete a single sentence from the city charter, which would remove a requirement for redundant approval of expenditures over $10,000 that have already been approved by the council as part of the annual budget development and adoption. This is seen as a way to avoid the substantial time and effort spent preparing these items for approval at council meetings, even though they are included in the fully approved budget. 


The $10,000 limit is also seen as outdated and far too low, which increases the number of items that must be brought back to the council again for this second approval. The measure is supported by the City Council, which emphasizes that spending limits will still be in place and set by the council.


Eligible voters can register to vote in the 2021 election until Election Day at the elections office of the Morgan County Clerk & Recorder’s Office in the County Administration Building at 231 Ensign St. In-person early voting will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021.


For information on the City Council election, call the City Clerk’s Office at (970) 542-3963. For other election and voter registration information, contact the County Clerk’s Office at (970) 542-3521, option 5.




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