Sunlight names its second ‘mini-mayor’ |

Sunlight names its second ‘mini-mayor’

Gabby Noyes
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Gabby Noyes, 8, of Silt, won Sunlight Mountain Resort’s mini-mayor election by just 26 votes over incumbent Mini-Mayor Elijah Mattson of New Castle. Gabby tallied 3,433 votes to Elijah’s 3,407. Nearly 10,000 votes were cast in the election.

In all, 14 young powder hounds ran for office. Noyes ran on the platform of getting more kids involved with recycling, gardening and outside activities. Mini-Mayor Noyes is entitled to a free season pass, standard-issue official mini-mayor skis or snowboard and a seat at Sunlight’s executive table.

Last November, officials at Sunlight appointed then-4-year-old Elijah of Glenwood Springs as the ski area’s first mini-mayor after his impassioned plea via social media for Sunlight to open early for the 2015-16 season. Officials at Sunlight said the new office helps “give voice to a previously underrepresented but essential segment of young powder hounds.”

The mini-mayor serves a one-year term, with a two-term limit, meaning that incumbents can only be re-elected once. Only skiers and snowboarders 12 and younger can hold the office. As part of the election, adult-aged campaign managers assist mini-mayor candidates in completing an online profile on the campaign page at Candidates are asked to upload photos and videos, and outline what they would do in their first 100 days in office.

Issues that Mini-Mayor Noyes can impact include stickers, events and the quality of hamburgers and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Watch for Noyes to keep her constituency updated on breaking news and events by issuing regular press statements via social media throughout the season.

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