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Four towns holding Tuesday elections

There’s more voting in May

Many of the valley’s myriad special districts will hold mail-ballot elections next month, with votes counted May 3.

The Edwards and Eagle-Vail metropolitan districts and Vail Recreation District will hold board elections.

The Eagle River Fire Protection District and Gypsum Fire Department are both asking voters for tax increases. The Eagle County Health Service District and the Edwards Metropolitan District are also asking for tax increases.

EAGLE COUNTY — Most of the county’s towns will elect town councils Tuesday. That will bring a range of changes to those councils and boards.

Here’s a look at which towns are voting and who’s running for seats.

Gypsum

Starting at the west end of the Vail Valley, the town of Gypsum has four candidates running for three seats.

Incumbents Beric Christiansen and Tom Edwards are seeking new terms. Potential council newcomers Chris Huffman and Marisa Sato are also seeking seats on the board.

Council member Gary Lebo is leaving the current group.

Gypsum’s council election is a polling-place election. Voting will be held at town hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Eagle

The Eagle Town Board this year will have a new mayor and as many as four new board members.

After several months of controversy in town, particularly regarding the way the board removed former Town Manager Jon Stavney, the candidate field earlier narrowed down to five candidates for four available seats as the current mayor and board members Sarah Baker and Geoff Grimmer declined to run for re-election.

With current Mayor Yuri Kostick declining to seek another term, current board member Anne McKibbin is the only candidate for the position.

On the board, the only incumbent running is Kevin Brubeck, who’s running for election for the first time after being appointed to fill a vacancy following a board member’s resignation.

Former board members Mikel Kerst and Paul Witt are also running this spring. Those veterans are joined by two newcomers, Max Schmidt and Matt Solomon.

That new board will likely offer an employment contract to one of two current finalists for the Town Manager’s position.

Town voters are also being asked to approve a 0.5 percent sales tax increase. If approved, then the revenue will be dedicated to creating a new town park along the Eagle River.

Among other elements, the plan, which includes cooperation from Eagle County, will replace the current truck parking area at the east end of the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

Eagle this year is holding a mail-ballot election. It’s too late to mail ballots now, but ballots can be dropped off at Eagle Town Hall.

Minturn

Current council member Matt Scherr is challenging longtime incumbent Mayor Hawkeye Flaherty for a two-year term.

There are three council seats available this year. Those seats are for four-year terms. Current member Shelly Bellm has declined to seek another term, but council incumbents John Rosenfeld and George Brodin are seeking re-election.

Terry Armistead, Sidney Harrington and Harvey Craig are also seeking council seats this spring.

If Scherr isn’t elected to the mayor’s position, then he’ll retain his council seat. That would leave another seat open on the council.

Minturn is holding a polling-place election at town hall. Voting hours are between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Red Cliff

Eagle County’s oldest town is holding an election for the mayor’s job and four council members.

Anushka Bales is the sole candidate for mayor. After that, the council election gets complicated.

At the time election ballots were printed, there were six candidates running for four council seats. Those candidates are Jake Spears, Jay Raiola, Valerie Blevins, Lorenzo Sandoval, Jason Moore and Amelia Neat.

But in an interview with the Vail Daily last week, Red Cliff Town Clerk said some candidates no longer want to run for those seats. Raiola is the only person on the candidate list to confirm her withdrawal.

If a candidate is elected but doesn’t want to serve, then that person will have to resign from the board. The council will then appoint someone to fill that seat.

Red Cliff is holding a polling-place election at town hall between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Vail Daily Business Editor Scott Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930, smiller@vaildaily.com and @scottnmiller.


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