Goudy appears to win CMC trustee race
Incumbent Kathy Goudy apparently defeated businessman Jon Warnick to win a second term on the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees.
The Garfield County clerk and recorder’s website this morning showed Goudy with 13,033 votes to Warnick’s 11,256 across the six-county CMC district.
Four CMC board positions were up for election, but the sole contested race was in District 2, which covers most of Glenwood Springs and Basalt as well as part of Carbondale. Voters throughout the district vote for each trustee seat.
CMC said before polls closed Tuesday that it would review vote totals from the six counties and likely verify results today.
Goudy, the incumbent, won her first term in 2011. She came to the area in 1999 as the executive director of Aspen Legal Services. She later took up private practice as a defense attorney.
Warnick retired to Aspen Glen in 1998 after an international career in the computer industry. He has served on numerous CMC boards, including four years as the foundation chair, and has enrolled in 34 courses so far. He has served eight years on the college’s Foundation Board, including four as chairman.
Neither candidate responded Tuesday evening to a request for comment.
In a Q&A with the Post Independent last month, Goudy said she wanted to be re-elected to continue work begun in the past four years.
“Vocational education that meets the needs of local employers still needs to be expanded, and I hope to continue the push to reduce locals’ tuition, as they already have endowed CMC through their taxes,” she said.
She said that CMC needs to evaluate if it should grow or strengthen from within “to enhance what already exists.”
Warnick praised college President Carrie Hauser and her executive team. He said his business background would enable him to “help Dr. Hauser and her team implement their strategic vision to become the most innovative, inclusive, student-centered college in the nation.”
Patricia Theobald, Ken Brenner and Patricia M. Chlouber were unopposed for other trustee seats.
More than 80 percent of voters whose ballots had been counted by 10 p.m. approved a proposal that lets CMC become its own Internet provider.
Colorado law establishes exclusivity for Internet providers in an effort to bring broadband to the rural parts of the state, but allows municipal organizations to bypass the monopoly and become their own providers, with voter approval.
College officials say they have no immediate plans to become Internet providers, but want to be able to meet CMC’s future needs.
Jim English, director of networks for CMC and member of the Club20 telecommunications committee, said many new students bring half a dozen or more Internet-ready devices with them to college. That puts a strain on bandwidth, particularly in high-density residential halls.
Connectivity for cell phones and gaming devices aside, the school has practical reasons to worry about maintaining a good connection.
“As an educational institution, we continue to see increased demands for online learning,” English said. “Where we live is also very appealing for people to move and telecommute, and without broadband that can’t happen.”
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