Puebloans just got done voting, but it's time to do it again.

This time residents will be choosing who will be the city's first mayor in decades.

Ballots for the special mayoral runoff election have been dropped off at a Denver mail facility and will be arriving in mailboxes of city residents soon, according to the Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder's Office.

The runoff election scheduled for Jan. 22 will pit attorney Nick Gradisar against former City Council President Steve Nawrocki.

In the general election, Gradisar received 5,459 votes, while Nawrocki tallied 5,026 votes to finish first and second respectively of the 16 candidates who ran for the office. As many as 35 individuals filed candidate affidavit paperwork expressing their desire to run for the office before the number was whittled down to 16 when candidates had to collect 100 valid signature from city voters to get their name on the ballot.

The runoff is necessary because neither candidate received the 50 percent of the vote plus one vote that would have won the election outright.

Jan. 14 is the last day for citizens to register or change their registration and still receive a ballot in the mail. Anyone who registers or changes their registration after Jan. 14 must go to a Voter Service and Polling Center to vote.

The Voter Service and Polling Center locations are at the Pueblo County Election Department, 720 N. Main St., and at the Colorado State Fair Colorado Building, 1001 Beulah Ave.

In-person voting will be available at one of the centers beginning Jan. 7.

Jan. 22 will be the last day to vote. Residents must return their mail ballot or be in line at a center by 7 p.m. that day to cast a vote.

The Pueblo Chieftain is hosting a debate between Gradisar and Nawrocki at 7 p.m. Friday at Colorado State University-Pueblo in the Occhiato Center..

rseverance@chieftain.com