Quiet day at Eagle polls so far
EAGLE, Colorado – At 5:15 p.m. David Dempsey was the 162nd voter at Eagle Town Hall. He’d actually forgotten that today was the municipal election.
“I didn’t even know it was today until I saw someone with a candidate sign in the roundabout,” he said.
Today Eagle voters will elect three members to the town board. The candidates include:
• Incumbent Mikel “Pappy” Kerst – Kerst has served on the town board for the past four years. He is a battalion chief with the Eagle River Fire Protection District.
• Scott Turnipseed – Turnipseed is and architect and he is the current chairman of the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission.
• Scot Webster – Webster is a local real estate agent and a member of the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission.
• Brandi Resa – Resa works as an accountant for a Gallegos Corporation.
• Matt Mueller – Mueller is the manager at Eagle Ranch Wine and Spirits.
In comparison to the last town election, the tumultuous Eagle River Station proposal that was rejected on Jan. 5, today was a quiet day at the polls. The ERs vote saw 2,266 ballots cast but today’s election likely won’t hit the 1,000-vote mark.
Voter Dempsey has been a resident of Eagle for 2 1/2 years and he is a local business owner. He noted his wife attended last week’s Meet the Candidates session and offered her advice about who was running for office. Additionally, Dempsey supported people he knows.
“I like Pappy (Mikel Kerst) and I know him. Pappy has been a public servant for some time and I know he will continue to serve the town well,” said Dempsey.
He also supported Scot Webster. “We need people to bring businesses solutions to politics.”
This was Dempsey’s second vote in Eagle. His first was in the Eagle River Station election. That was also the story for Kim Doss, who brought her mail-in ballot to town hall this afternoon.
Doss studied the newspaper information to decide who she would be voting for since she only knew one of the candidates personally. “I am a business owner and I would like to see more people come to Eagle and enjoy the aspects of our town. We are a sporty town,” she said.
According to Eagle Town Clerk Marilene Miller, 1,523 mail ballots were sent out to Eagle voters for today’s municipal election. Of that amount, approximately 600 were returned. Additionally, 25 voters requested absentee ballots.
This story will be updated when election information becomes available.