Incumbents tossed from CMC board of trustees |

Incumbents tossed from CMC board of trustees

Heather McGregor
Post Independent Editor
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Challenger Kathy Goudy ousted Stan Orr, president of the Colorado Mountain College board of trustees, in her bid for the eastern Garfield County trustee seat.

And in Lake County, challenger Pat Chlouber appeared to have ousted Wes Duran, the CMC board treasurer and the other incumbent seeking re-election.

With final results from Eagle County still pending as of press time, results from balloting in the six-county college district in the four races were:

• Kathy Goudy over Stan Orr for the Eastern Garfield County District 2 seat, 10,885 to 8,737.

• Robert Taylor over Richard Hague for the Summit County District 4 seat, 10,392 to 7,237.

• Kenneth Brenner over John Fielding for the Routt County District 5 seat, 10,386 to 9,049.

• Pat Chlouber over Wes Duran for the Lake County District 6 seat, 9,946 to 9,181.

In her campaign, Goudy stressed the importance of maintaining CMC’s existing array of classes for associate’s degrees, workforce training and noncredit classes.

She supports the college’s effort to establish some four-year bachelor’s degree programs, but said such programs should not come at the expense of CMC’s traditional course offerings.

The Carbondale attorney is in the midst of a jury trial this week, and didn’t know she was the apparent winner until receiving a reporter’s phone call.

“Maybe it was because I had a clear message, to keep the focus on the classrooms,” she said of her win. “But maybe it was a message to throw out the incumbents,” she said.

Goudy said in her campiagning, she fielded a lot of questions from voters about CMC’s recent $3.8 million purchase of the large office building at Eighth and Grand in downtown Glenwood Springs.

“People were sort of appalled that in this economy, with tuition going up 15 percent and nobody getting a raise, why CMC would buy a building if it already owned a building,” Goudy said.

Goudy said she’s excited about winning the trustee seat.

“I hope to keep CMC the same school we all love, to strengthen its core and move forward,” she said.

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