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Ignacio voters reject marijuana sales

Residents elect three town trustees and a mayor
Ignacio voters on Tuesday defeated a ballot measure that would have allowed recreational and medical marijuana sales in town limits. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file)

Retail and medical marijuana sales will remain banned in Ignacio town limits.

On Tuesday, 112 town residents cast votes in the municipal election asking for voters to approve the sales and a $10 transaction fee on each sale.

Sixty-two voters cast no votes on the retail marijuana question, with 49 saying yes.

For medical marijuana sales, there were 60 no votes and 51 yes votes.

In addition to the vote on marijuana sales, there was a contested election for three town board seats, while Clark Craig was the only candidate for mayor and will be taking over for longtime mayor Stella Cox.

“We have made a lot of progress in the last few years,” said Craig, who has served on the town planning commission. He also is president of the Ignacio Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Ignacio Community Library.

He and his wife, Sharon Craig, who has served as a town trustee for four years, operate Meadow Brook Mobile Home Park in Ignacio.

Cox “has done a wonderful job” as mayor, Clark Craig said.

The four candidates for three town board seats were incumbents Sharon Craig and Thomas Atencio, and newcomers Jeremy Schulz and Joseph Atencio.

Thomas Atencio said he wants to continue his work on the board “in hopes of helping our families that live here today to have a better and easier life.”

Schulz is a former public works director for the town, and Joseph Atencio is a lifelong resident who has experience in construction and infrastructure management.

Joseph Atencio was elected to the board with 86 votes, Schulz garnered 80, and Thomas Atencio had 67 votes, with Sharon Craig not winning re-election.

The new board members and mayor are scheduled to be sworn in at the regular Ignacio Town Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

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