Interest in local elections mixed in Avon |

Interest in local elections mixed in Avon

Matt Terrell
Avon, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyJames Graef drops in his mail-in ballot Tuesday at the Eagle County Annex building in Avon. Voters who didn't receive their mail-in ballots in time to send them back, could drop it off at designated areas to be counted.

Residents talk about who they’re supporting in town council and presidential races

AVON ” Avon resident Alex Gjavenis cast his first ever presidential vote for Sen. John McCain Tuesday.

He hasn’t though paid much attention to the local races, like Avon town council. It seemed most everyone walking out Avon Town Hall Tuesday had strong feelings about the next commander and chief, but when it comes to town council, you’ll find a mixed bag of interest.

Gjavenis wanted to make sure the most experienced presidential candidate was running the country. There seemed to be too much hype around Barack Obama, he said, and McCain’s many years in politics deserves respect.

“I feel like Sen. McCain has more experience all around,” he said.

Jeremy Fishinger said he voted for Karri Willemssen, Buz Reynolds and Amy Phillips for Avon Town Council.

“I’ve known them working around town, and I kind of feel most comfortable with them making town decisions,” Fishinger said.

Fishinger hasn’t been impressed with the U.S. Senate race between Mark Udall and Bob Schaffer and said he checked Obama for president.

“He’ll definitely give a new, fresh look at politics,” Fishinger said.

Chris Lammers said Reynolds was his top choice for Avon Town Council.

“He’s served before, he knows the town, and I think he’ll be able to work well with developers,” Lammers said.

A big fan of “green building,” Lammers said he’s a fan of Obama’s incentives for clean energy development.

“Obama’s about change. McCain does seem like Bush,” Lammers said.

Joe Hobbs said housing was the most important issue to him in Avon, and one particular candidate stood out ” Kristi Ferraro.

“Housing is big, especially for those of us who don’t make a lot of money,” Hobbs said.

Hobbs, a veteran, chose Obama for president, who he said will do a better job handling the economy and the war in Iraq.

“I want to see some friends come home ” we shouldn’t be over there,” Hobbs said.

Ashley Mallette said she just moved to Avon and hasn’t paid attention to the town council. She was there to vote for McCain because, in the end, she would pay more taxes under Obama’s plan.

“Being fresh out of school, money is pretty tight, and to lose that much is something I can’t afford,” Mallette said.

Avon resident John Stewart said he voted straight Democrat, just as he’s done his whole life. As for Avon town council ” “I threw in a few good guesses.”

Stephen Couch said Reynolds was the only Avon candidate who stood out to him.

He seemed more interested in the presidential race. He voted for McCain to apply some checks and balances to the Democrat controlled congress. If the Republicans were in charge, he would have likely voted for Obama, he said.

“I want to keep a balance of power there” Couch said.

Couch said he voted for Ali Hasan in the local state House race.

“I had a conversation with him, and I liked what he had to say,” Couch said. “It can definitely help if you meet a candidate. You get a better idea of what they’re about.”

Geoff Rahrs also said he voted for Reynolds in Avon town council. As for the presidential election, he went with McCain, who he says has served his country well and has better experience.

“The other guy hasn’t even run a gas station,” Rahrs said.

Scott Franzyshen said, honestly, he didn’t vote for Avon town Council. He was there to vote for Obama. Craig Hancock, another Obama supporter, also didn’t have anything to say about Avon Town council. Sophie Watras said she had no idea who the people running for Avon town council are. She voted for Obama.

“He’s a Democrat, and Democrats rule,” Watras said.

Michael Smuts, an Edwards resident voting in Avon, said he voted for Obama. Regardless of how much money you make, there’s a bigger picture to look at, he said.

“I’m 25 years old, and regardless of how much money I’m making now, there’s so much more going on in the world you have to consider,” he said. “I’ll have a lot more times to vote, and I’m just trying to make the best educated decision as possible.”

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