Severance mails out election ballots |

Severance mails out election ballots

Casey Kelly

The Town of Severance has mailed out ballots for its April municipal election for the mayor and three trustee seats.

All registered voters in the town will receive a mail-in ballot, which the town began sending out Monday. To vote at the election, you must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, have resided in the Town of Severance for at least 22 days prior to the election and be registered to vote.

The following seats will be decided in the election:

» The mayor, to serve a four-year term.

» Three members of the Town of Severance Board of Trustees for four-year terms.

The race for mayor will be between incumbent Donald R. Brookshire and challenger Beverly Schneider.

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The three candidates for trustee seats are Dennis "Zeke" Kane, Michael Kinney and Bruce Florquist. Since there are as many candidates as seats, all candidates will be appointed to the board.

The clerk's office asks voters to return ballots in the envelopes provided by 7 p.m. April 1. Ballots can be sent by mail or dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and noon and 1-4:30 p.m. at town hall, 231 W. Fourth Ave. until March 31. On April 1, ballots can be dropped of between 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Questions about this election can be directed to Town Clerk Patricia Lesh at (970) 686-1218.


Beverly Schneider

Position running for: Mayor

Reasons for running: “I want to see more people involved in determining the future of Severance and I feel we need responsible people in leadership who will listen to all the citizens in order to make the best decisions,” Schneider said.

Related experience: Four years on the Severance Board of Trustees, president of Eaton Country Club Women’s Golf Association, chairwoman of the Baldridge Subdivision Architectural Review Committee, an owner of three travel agencies for 12 years, 28 years with the USDA Forest Service.

Goals if elected: Schneider said she’d like to create a more efficient business environment with increased citizen input for better long-range planning and goal setting, develop a viable plan for interfacing business development and transportation needs with neighboring communities and create an open communication channel with all employees, board members and the community.

Bruce Florquist

Position running for: Trustee

Reasons for running: “I have been on the town board for about six years, having first been appointed to fill a vacant seat and then running for the seat for years ago. I was urged by my wife and others in the community to run again,” Florquist said.

Related experience: Florquist served as a public works director in two municipalities for 17 years, giving him a unique perspective on infrastructure, growth and planning. He’s also a retired professional geologist and engineer.

Goals if elected: Florquist said he hopes to see the community continue to invest in critical infrastructure including streets, water and sewer.

“We are currently working on the first phase of a downtown upgrade project to streets, sidewalks, curb and gutter as well as storm sewer,” he said. “I would like to see this completed in the next three to four years.”

Don Brookshire

Position running for: Mayor

Reasons for running: Brookshire said he has a lot of support in the community. “We’ve started lot of really good things in town, like the new comprehensive plan that I led the charge on updating,” Brookshire said. “Now that the economy is changing, I’d like to see some of these projects through to fruition. I’ve enjoyed serving the community the past four years and I want to continue to do so.”

Related experience: Brookshire has served one, four-year term as mayor. He has served on homeowners association boards and various leadership programs. He’s also owned his own business in consultant design for 10 years. All this experience put together, he said, helps him in his role.

Goals if elected: “I want to see continued development and growth in a positive direction,” Brookshire said. Some of his goals include improvement projects to the downtown area and finding other neighborhoods to join the community to help bolster future commercial development. “I’m proud of our work over the last four years, and it shows in the response from the community,” he said.

Michael Kinney

Position running for: Trustee

Reasons for running: Kinney said he is interested in the direction the town takes and doesn’t have a personal agenda. “So many times I hear people talking about a personal agenda is what they’re up against,” Kinney said. “I don’t think that’s a good idea, so that’s what has kept me involved.”

Related experience: Kinney was first appointed to the town board 11 years ago. He served two, four-year terms, before he was appointed to fill in for the remainder of another member’s term.

Goals if elected: He said one of his mail goals is to have the town grow in a controlled and sensible way.

“Since I’ve been on the board the last three years or so, I’ve really liked direction we’ve taken,” Kinney said.

Dennis Kane

Position: Trustee

Reasons for running: Kane said he’d like to continue to serve on the board because he said it’s fun to be on a board with good leadership that gets things done.

“Mayor Brookshire has gotten a lot done in four years and I want to continue to be a part of that,” Kane said. “I love this board because we really listen to the citizens. Anyone can come anytime and bring up an issue. We look at it, and if it’s a problem, we address it.”

Related experience: Kane has served one, four-year term as the mayor pro-tem and has lived in Windsor 27 years. He also served on the Windsor Town Board for nine years, served on the water and sewer board, the Clearview Library Board, the Windsor Planning Commission and the Windsor Parks and Recreation Board.

Goals if elected: Kane said he want to see his work on the comp plan through to make sure it works well for the town. He said he’d also like to see the town get more commercial amenities, like a small grocery store. For that, he said the town will need to grow, but said it was important the town grow in a way that preserves its vision of a small town with an emphasis on open space and agriculture.

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