Red Cliff election undecided after tie |

Red Cliff election undecided after tie

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

RED CLIFF, Colorado ” Two candidates for Red Cliff’s Board of Trustees tied in an election that was supposed to guarantee all but one candidate a seat.

Garrett Scahill and Daniel Mitchell got 22 votes from Red Cliff residents apiece in Tuesday’s election, tying for the town’s fifth trustee seat. Only one of the candidates may serve on the Board of Trustees for a two-year term.

Mitchell had said March 17 that he wanted to drop out of the race, but Town Clerk Joanna Snyder kept him on the ballot.

“Unfortunately he was a week late according to state statute, and therefore I could not take his name off of the ballot,” Snyder wrote in an e-mail.

Mitchell called Snyder this afternoon and said he was reconsidering whether he wants to be a Trustee, Snyder said.

Snyder expects Mitchell to tell her by Thursday whether he still wants to be a trustee.

Then a decision must be made as to whether Mitchell or Scahill will serve, though Snyder didn’t know exactly how that would happen.

A coin toss once decided a similar tie in an Estes Park election, she said.

Incumbents Duane Nelson, Veronica Sandoval and newcomer Scott Burgess were elected to four-year terms. Incumbent Tom Henderson was elected to a two-year term.

Incumbent Mayor Ramon Montoya, who ran unopposed, got 34 votes, the most of any candidate.

Out of 198 registered voters, 42 people voted, a 21 percent turnout.

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

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