Friday, August 21, 2009

Carey Mayor Rick Baird stepping down

2 council seats open for fall election

Express Staff Writer

The city of Carey will need to elect a new mayor this fall, when Rick Baird prepares to step down after three terms in office. Two City Council seats will also be up for election. The four-year terms of Jeff Kodelka and Greg Carlson are set to expire near the end of the year.

Baird said one reason behind his decision to step down is his increasing workload as manager of Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey.

"The replacement airport process consumes more and more time, as does the mayoral job in Carey," he said. "I have loved every minute of serving the people of Carey, but it's time for someone else to pick up the ball and run with it."


City Clerk Lynn Dickerson said anyone who wants to run for office in the November city election will need to get either five signatures from registered Carey voters or pay $40 at City Hall to get on the ballot.

"It's a horse-race election," Dickerson said. "Whoever gets the most votes wins."

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