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March 27, 2012
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Leto withdraws from Eagle Town Board race

The Eagle Town Board race lost a contender this week when candidate Lonnie Leto moved to a home located outside of the town boundaries.

"It was a opportunity I just can't pass up for my family," said Leto Tuesday morning. "Unfortunately it makes me ineligible for the town board."

Leto said he has been offered an opportunity serve as caretaker for a ranch property located five miles outside of town in the Brush Creek Valley. He also found a renter for his current residence and with the birth of his son Rowan earlier this week, Leto said his family needs had to come before his desire to serve on the town board.

"Really the only negative is that I feel really bad for anyone who has already voted for me," said Leto. "I really appreciate everyone's support during the campaign."

He noted he will continue as the manager of AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Eagle and he plans to continue is volunteer work with the Eagle Marketing and Events Committee.

Leto was one of eight candidates for three openings on the Eagle Town Board. Eagle voters will also elect a mayor this spring. Mail in ballots were sent out last week and the election will be decided next Tuesday, April 3.

On Thursday, March 29, at 6 p.m. Eagle voters will have the opportunity to meet the candidates for Eagle Town Board and Eagle Mayor in a session hosted by the Eagle Chamber of Commerce.

Incumbent Eagle Mayor Ed Woodland, an attorney with an Eagle-based private practice, is seeking re-election. Woodland was elected to the mayor post four years ago. He is being challenged by Yuri Kostick, a current member of the Eagle Town Board. Kostick works as an Eagle County Energy Smart Program home energy advisor.

With Kostick running for mayor, there are no incumbents seeking re-election to the town board. The eight candidates for the three seats are:

• Jeremy D. Cossette, an independent housing contractor.

• John A. King, a construction inspector for the town of Vail.

• Joe Knabel, a construction contractor employed by R.A. Nelson.

• Anne McKibbin, an archeologist employed by Metcalf Archaeological Consultants Inc. of Eagle.

• Skylar Mitchell, of Lowdermilk Mitchell Mechanical Services of Eagle.

• Brandi Resa, an accountant employed by a local construction company.

• Max Schmidt, Majack development construction and Schmidt Auto Mall and Schmidt Motorsports.

Mail-in ballots can be returned to Eagle Town Hall until 7 p.m. April 3. To vote in person, the polls will be open at Eagle Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 3.

The Gypsum Town Council candidate field features seven hopefuls.

Four candidates turned in petitions to challenge three incumbents who are running for re-election.

Ballots for the mail-in election will be counted April 3.

The incumbents are Tom Edwards, Gary Lebo and Kyle Hall. Edwards and Lebo are both in their third consecutive terms as council members, and Hall is in his first term. Edwards is a retired architect. Lebo owns Alpenglow Property Management Inc. and is also a real estate broker. Hall is a detective with the Eagle County Sheriff's Department.

The challengers are:

• Beric Christiansen, a former CFO of Eddie Bauer and VP of Payless Shoes.

• Ross Graves, a self-employed real estate developer and land planner.

• Jim Kinser, who is self-employed in insurance management as a recruiter, trainer and supervisor working under contract with Farmers Insurance Group.

• Stanley McElderry, a a town of Eagle Public Works employee.

The election is by mail-in ballot only and all ballots must be returned to the town by 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3


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