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Vail Valley metro districts vote Tuesday

Vail Daily staff report
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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –Election Day’s not until November, right?

Wrong. Though control of Congress isn’t in the balance, voters across the Vail Valley head to the polls on Tuesday. They will fill seats on the boards of directions for various metro districts, which tax residents for a variety of services such as recreation, water and fire protection.

The Vail Recreation District, the Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District, the Eagle River Fire Protection District, the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, the Greater Eagle Fire District and the Cotton Ranch Metropolitan District are all holding elections. Generally, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.



Here’s a rundown of the races

Candidates: Four candidates are running for three open spots on the Vail Recreation District board of directors. The candidates are:



• John Donovan, who lives in East Vail and works at Los Amigos.

• Joe Hanlon, an incumbent who lives in the Sandstone area and is self-employed.

• Rick Sackbauer, an incumbent who lives in the Highland Meadows area and works for Vail Resorts Development Co.



• Ken Wilson, an incumbent who lives in the Potato Patch area and is self-employed as a real estate broker.

Where to vote: Voters will cast ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Vail Municipal Building, 75 South Frontage Road. The newly-elected members will join board of directors Jeff Wiles and Michelle Hall, whose terms run to May 2012. A chairperson and secretary treasurer will be elected from among the board of directors and each will serve a two-year post.

What is it? The Vail rec district, a special district that operates separately from the town of Vail, runs programs at the Vail Golf Club, the Ford Park Tennis Center, Dobson Ice Arena, Vail Gymnastics Center, Vail Nature Center and Vail Nordic Center. In addition, it runs intramural sports leagues and children’s camps.

Candidates: Six candidates are vying for three seats on the Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District board

• Tom Allender, incumbent, is a director of resort planning with Vail Resorts while Ford,

• Reed Ford, incumbent, is a retired information technology entrepreneur

• Carl Luppens is a rancher and real estate developer who lives in Eagle-Vail half the time and plans to live there full-time

• Steven Kirchner is a property manager with Eagle Eye Home Management Inc.,

• Jane Ross is a broker associate with Vail Realty

• Keith Odza works in hospitality

When to vote: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday; Eagle-Vail pavilion

Eligible to vote: Registered voters who live in Eagle-Vail (includes renters) or own a home in Eagle-Vail. If you own a home, it must be in your name, not an LLC or trust.

Bring: ID with a valid Eagle-Vail address; If you don’t have that, bring a utility or phone bill with your name on it

More info: 970-949-5400

What is it? The metro district is a quasi-governmental body that oversees parks and recreation in Eagle-Vail.

Candidates: Two candidates each in races for two open seats on five-member board of directors

District 2

• Jeff Boock, Minturn resident and former Eagle River Fire District firefighter

• Mike Gallagher, incumbent, Minturn resident, former fire and police chief of Minturn and former Eagle County commissioner

District 4

• Al Bosworth, of Edwards, Vail Fire Department engineer

• John McCaulley, incumbent, Edwards resident and 25-year-veteran and retired deputy chief with Eagle River Fire District

Where to vote:

Town of Minturn office: 302 Pine St. Minturn (Also a polling place for Eagle River Fire Protection District)

Eagle River Fire Protection District office: 351 Benchmark Rd. Avon (Also a polling place for Eagle River Fire Protection District)

Eagle County Health Service District office: 1065 Edwards Village Blvd. Edwards (Also a polling place for Eagle River Fire Protection District)

Polls are open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Candidates: There is one contested seat on water district board

• Ron Wolfe, a retired executive and the mayor of Avon

• Rick Sackbauer, incumbent, is a project manager with Vail Resorts Development Company and also is a member of the Vail Recreation District’s board

Board members Ludwig Kurz, Darell Wegert and Rick Pylman are running unopposed.

Where to vote:

• Town of Vail office: 75 South Frontage Rd. Vail (Also the Vail Recreation District polling place)

• Town of Minturn office: 302 Pine St. Minturn (Also a polling place for Eagle River Fire Protection District)

• Eagle River Fire Protection District office: 351 Benchmark Rd. Avon (Also a polling place for Eagle River Fire Protection District)

• Eagle County Health Service District office: 1065 Edwards Village Blvd. Edwards (Also a polling place for Eagle River Fire Protection District)

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Who can vote? Persons who are registered to vote in Colorado and live in the district or own property in the district (in their or their spouse’s name, not in a trust or LLC).

To learn more: Call 970-476-7480 or go to http://www.erwsd.org

Candidates: Four candidates are vying for three, four-year terms on the board of directors. The candidates are:

• Roby Forsyth – an incumbent board member, Forsyth is employed by Eagle River Water and Sanitation District.

• Nathan Nelson – an incumbent board member, Nelson is employed by Colorado Business Bank.

• Michael Trujillo – a newcomer to the board, Trujillo is employed by Colorado Mountain College.

• Georgie Zinda – a newcomer to the board, Zinda is retired.

Also on the ballot is Christopher Dick, the sole candidate for a two-year term on the fire district board.

Where to vote: Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4 at the Eagle Fire Station, located at 425 East Third Street in Eagle. For additional information call 328-7244.

Candidates: Three members are up for re-election and there is one challenger. The candidates are:

• Chris Meister – an incumbent board member, Meister is president of Meister Builders.

• Art Hoehn – an incumbent board member, Hoehn is president of HCB inc.

• Mara Garton – an incumbent board member, Garton’s place of employment was unable to be confirmed by press time.

• Bob Rulon – a newcomer to the board, Rulon is employed by Land Title Guarantee Company.

Where to vote: Votes will be accepted 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gypsum Town Hall


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