Bruell and Lamont unseat Incumbents
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Results are unofficial
Roaring Fork School District
Board of directors District B: Debbie Bruell ” 1,987, Brad Zeigel ” 1,077
District C: Bill Lamont ” 1,905, Bruce Wampler ” 1,265
District D: Myles Rovig ” 2,235
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Voters chose in favor of the new and out with the Incumbents in this year’s school board elections. Bill Lamont took the Roaring Fork School District school board District C seat by 640 votes over incumbent Bruce Wampler.
“Well, there is a lot of work ahead, and if that’s the count then I have a lot of responsibility and a lot of people are counting on me,” Lamont said. “I hope to fill the expectation that they have. But as I’ve said, I am retired and I will commit all I can to all the schools, communities and kids to make the district the best district I can.”
In District B, voters cast ballots for newcomer Debbie Bruell for her first four-year term on the RFSD school board over incumbent Brad Zeigel by more than 900 votes. Both Zeigel and Wampler served the board for a full four-year term and were seeking re-election for a second.
Bruell was up cleaning her kitchen waiting for the word Tuesday night.
“I’m excited,” she said. “I’ve heard from people all along that they felt the same as what I’ve been saying. It’s come through in the votes as far as I can tell.”
Cyndy Hallford, assistant to the RFSD Superintendent Judy Haptonstall, said that the school district is unable to declare official winners in the two contested races until Friday, Nov. 16, because they have to wait until the “official count” is returned by the clerk’s office. All results are unofficial currently.
“We can’t declare a winner until the county clerk gives us their official count,” Hallford said. “They should have the official count by November 16.”
Bruell and Lamont will be sworn in after the official count is received by the district at the first scheduled school board meeting, or Hallford indicated that the district may hold a special school board meeting in order to swear in the new members before the Colorado School Board Convention held the last week of November.
“I started when I began visiting with teachers and principals in August,” Lamont said. “So I really started back then.”
He had no problem waiting a little longer to take his seat. He’s already been attending meetings to get a handle on things, he said.
“I’m anxious to get started, but I can be patient until they swear me in,” Bruell said.
Myles Rovig, who ran uncontested representing District D, could be sworn in as soon as possible, but Hallford said the district would most likely wait and have all three new board members take the oath at the simultaneously.
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