Minturn voters head to polls |

Minturn voters head to polls

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

MINTURN ” Darla Goodell, 61, has voted in every Minturn Town Council election since she was 18 years old. Tuesday’s election was no exception.

“If you don’t vote you shouldn’t complain,” she said.

Goodell and other Minturn residents voted for candidates for four council seats ” including mayor ” at Minturn Town Center Tuesday.

Around 130 ballots had been cast around 4 p.m., said Jay Brunvand, town clerk and treasurer. About 730 people are registered to vote in Minturn.

Mayor Gordon “Hawkeye” Flaherty and Town Councilwoman Shelley Bellm, half-way through a four-year term, are running for mayor.

The new candidates running are David Clapp, a bartender at Chili Willy’s who has lived in Minturn since 1994, and Matt Scherr, a Minturn resident for almost six years and director of the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability.

Town councilmen Jerry Bumgarner and George Brodin are running for relection.

Dolores Esparsen, a waitress at the Turntable Restaurant in Minturn, said she voted for Flaherty and Scherr.

“I think he really cares about what happens to Minturn,” Esparsen said about Scherr. “We need to have people on there who know about Minturn.”

Brunvand said the results of the election will be available tonight.

Check for updates.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or

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