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The City of Durango conducted its regular biennial election on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, to elect three City Council members and to decide on a citizen initiated proposed ordinance regarding the continued fluoridation of the municipal water supply of Durango.  This was a mail ballot election; mail ballot drop-off locations were at City Hall (949 East 2nd Avenue) and the La Plata County Clerk's Office (98 Everett Street, Suite A).


Council members are elected at-large to represent all residents of the City.
There were five candidates for this election: Melissa Youssef, Tom Eskew, David McHenry, Dean Brookie and Chris Bettin.  The top three vote getters from the final field of candidates were elected to four-year terms.  Their terms of office commenced on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017.  Click here to view the 2017 election calendar.

As stated in the Colorado Municipal Election Code (copy available in the City Clerk’s office), a candidate for the Durango City Council must be:

  • a registered elector,
  • eighteen (18) years old by April 4, 2017 (Election Day),
  • a resident of Durango, or a territory recently annexed to Durango, for the twelve (12) consecutive months prior to April 4, 2017.

Candidates for City Council are nominated by petition, without regard to political party affiliation.  Petitions and 2017 Candidate Information were obtained from the City Clerk beginning January 18, 2017.

Nomination petitions were circulated beginning Wednesday, January 18, 2017.  Petitions had to be returned to the City Clerk by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.  A petition is valid only if it contains twenty-five (25) signatures of registered electors who live in the City of Durango.

This is the text of the ballot issue:

QUESTION 1A: Shall the following citizen initiated ordinance be approved?

An ordinance amending Chapter 25 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Durango by the addition of a new section stating that the Department of Public Works/Division of Public Utilities of the City and all City employees are prohibited from adding fluoride (or any chemical containing fluoride for the purposes of fluoridation) to the City's water system, and establishing an effective date of June 1, 2017.