Jake Wolf receives most votes in town of Avon
November 9, 2016
AVON — Jake Wolf, Jennie Fancher and Amy Phillips were elected to the Town Council on Tuesday in an election that saw five locals running for three open seats.
It was a re-election to the council for all three as Mayor Jennie Fancher and Mayor Pro Tem Jake Wolf were both incumbents. Phillips served two terms from 2004 to 2012.
Wolf earned the most votes according to preliminary numbers released late Tuesday; he said he did not spend a single dollar campaigning in 2016.
"I had five yard signs, which I still had left over from 2012," Wolf said. "I also did a youtube.com video but it only got 11 views."
Calling it a true "grassroots campaign," Wolf said he asked voters to support him only if they supported what he had done over the last four years.
"I said if you believe in what I'm doing, then vote for me," Wolf said. "But that's about it."
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Phillips, who could not be reached by phone on Tuesday night, said in a previous interview that both Wolf and Fancher were candidates she also supported.
"The last two years, I've really stepped back a little bit, just knowing the seven people on the council were people I supported," Phillips said of her involvement in the town. "The main reason I'm running again is I think the council is doing a good job, and I want to be there to vote on the implementation on a lot of the things that are currently under study," she said.
Fancher said the support of her and Wolf suggested that the community likes the direction Avon is headed.
"Avon looks a heck of a lot better than it looked four years ago," she said. "Now I look forward to making the town more pedestrian friendly, more biker friendly, working with everyone valley wide to find solutions for affordable housing."
Wolf said as the only renter on council, affordable housing is "obviously" an issue for him. But he also wants to see what he calls "a true creative district," something towns in Eagle County currently lack — which is tied directly to affordable housing, in Wolf's view.
"You can't have an arts district without artists, and it's too expensive to live here," Wolf said. "So hand in hand should be creating an arts district and finding worker housing."