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Trustee candidates make pitches to voters at meet and greet

Posted at 10:20 PM, Mar 10, 2020

MONUMENT, Colorado — Voters in Town of Monument will soon receive ballots in the mail for the April 7 Board of Trustees election. The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce held a candidate forum Tuesday night with all five people running for the three available board seats. The candidates were asked about a range of topics from water infrastructure, to managing population growth, and working with town employees.

Of the five, Jim Romanello is the only incumbent. He was elected to a seat on the board in a special election in 2018. Jamy Unruh told the audience said she wants to work together with fellow board members to make the town better.

Ann Howe was previously a state lawmaker and has served more recently on the Town's budget advisory committee. Allison Thompson is a stay at home mom who said she reached a point in life where she has the flexibility to give back to the community.

Mitch LaKind is former member of the military who has a background in information technology. He has served on the board of adjustments and planning commission.

Terri Hayes, president of the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, said she wanted to put on this event so that voters could make an informed decision when filling out their ballot.

"We do not support candidates, we support the towns and we support whoever is in the elected office," Hayes explained. "So, for us, we're a great neutral party to be holding it."

The chamber provided a live stream of the event on its Facebook page.

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