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Avon keeps incumbents

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – The anti-incumbent wave that swept the country on Tuesday appeared to miss Avon.

Incumbents Rich Carroll and Dave Dantas seemed to hold onto their seats on Town Council, with preliminary results showing them as the top vote-getters. Todd Goulding and Chris Evans were on track to win the other two open seats, preliminary results suggested.

The unofficial tally showed Dantas ahead with 516 votes, followed by Carroll with 433 votes, Evans with 407 votes, Goulding with 389 votes and former councilman Jim Benson with 302 votes, with 36 out of 37 precincts reporting. As of deadline, the county had not yet tallied votes for write-in candidate Paul Siemonsma.

Recognizing the results are preliminary, Carroll said he was looking forward to another term.

“If the results hold up, it’s a privilege to serve on Avon Town Council still for the next four years,” he said. “I’m excited about being able to make a difference.”

Evans echoed that sentiment.

“Understanding the votes are preliminary, I’m thrilled to be elected,” he said. “I look forward to getting down to work.”

Evans said one of his first priorities will be learning more about the problems between the town and Traer Creek, which the town has kept mostly confidential for legal reasons.

“I need to learn about it and get up to speed on that so we can get it resolved as quickly as possible,” he said.

Dantas, Goulding, Benson and Siemonsma could not be reached for comment late Tuesday night.

Wildridge resident John Beltracchi, 46, said he voted for the incumbents because he liked the work they did on getting bike paths installed in the neighborhood.

Avon resident Daniel Niederhauser, 47, said he voted for candidates who support the Main Street project.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

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