Carbondale votes in 4 new trustees, one incumbent |

Carbondale votes in 4 new trustees, one incumbent

Carbondale voters re-elected Trustee Russ Criswell and elected Alice Hubbard Laird, Ed Cortez, Stacy Patch Bernot and John Foulkrod to the Board of Trustees in the election Tuesday.

Voters also approved two ballot questions that will secure funding for recreation projects in the community. The first question makes permanent the town’s 0.5 percent sales tax for recreation, and the second question authorizes the town to issue up to $2.6 million in bonds to fund recreation projects and open space purchases.

The five trustee candidates were elected from a field of 11, which included incumbent trustees Criswell and Mark Whalen.

The top three vote-getters, Laird, Cortez and Criswell, won four-year seats and the other winners, Bernot and Foulkrod, were elected to two-year terms.

Cortez said he didn’t receive word that he’d won until 2 a.m. Wednesday.

“A lot of people voted,” he said. More than 500 people voted in (the River Valley Ranch) precinct.”

Cortez said he was “elated” at having won a seat in the hotly-contested election.

“I worked very hard on this campaign to try and achieve what happened,” he said. “I think we’re going to have a great board, and we’ll all be able to work together.”

Cortez said his biggest priorities are to hire a new town manager and to establish commercial building size limits for the town.

“I don’t believe anything over 60,000 square feet is going to make it,” he said. “We just don’t have the population to make it work.”

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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