By Michael YEGHIAYAN
The candidates for the upcoming election for the Crescenta Valley Water District have been finalized. Incumbents Kenneth Putnam, James Bodnar and Kerry Erickson will defend their seats against challenger, and one time CVWD board member, Charles Beatty.
The election, which will fill three of the seats on the CVWD board of directors, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Registered voters residing in the district can vote for the CVWD directors.
The Crescenta Valley Town Council will be holding a forum on Thursday, Oct. 17 to give residents the opportunity to hear from the prospective CVWD directors as well as from candidates running for town council. The forum will be held at 7 p.m. in the La Crescenta Library Community Room at 2809 Foothill Blvd.
Applications were being accepted for town council until Oct. 9 at midnight. To run for council, candidates must reside in the unincorporated area of La Crescenta/Montrose. There are six seats available: three regular seats for three-year terms and three alternates seats for a one-year term. The election for town council will be held on Saturday Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the La Crescenta Library. Absentee ballots are now available.
In the run for the CVWD seats, Bodnar and Erickson were both elected to the CVWD board in 2009, beating out a crowded ballot of six challengers. Falling short in his election bid was Beatty, who ran after being appointed to replace retiring member Ernie Weber in 2007.
Putnam, who currently serves as the vice-president of the five-person board, won his seat by narrowly defeating Beatty in a special election in 2011. Beatty, a member of the Crescenta Valley Town Council, fell short in his challenge by a margin of 85 votes.
Because Putnam had initially been appointed to the position, a special election only secured a two-year term.
Elections for the CVWD board positions are held on staggered odd numbered years with terms lasting four years. In the event that a board member retires during his or her term, the board of directors has the power to appoint a replacement to fill the seat. However, the seat will be up for election at the next possible opportunity regardless of the term’s original expiration date.
The CVWD provides service primarily to the residents and businesses of the unincorporated areas of La Crescenta and Montrose as well as some parts of Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge. Mostly consisting of residential coverage, the department covers an area that measures approximately four square miles with 8,000 accounts and 32,000 people, according to the CVWD website.