Laird in lead in Carbondale race |

Laird in lead in Carbondale race

CARBONDALE ” With two precincts’ unofficial tallies counted by 9:20 p.m., it looked as if Alice Hubbard Laird, Ed Cortez, Russ Criswell and Stacey Patch Bernot were likely winners for four of the five open seats on the Carbondale Board of Trustees.

In the running for the fifth seat were Mark Whalen, John Foulkrod and Frosty Merriott.

Carbondale town clerk Suzanne Cerise was doubtful she’d have all the results in from the town’s three precincts before 10:30 or 11 p.m., after press time for the Post Independent.

For final results from the Carbondale election, go to the Post Independent’s Web site,

Meanwhile, Carbondale recreation director Jeff Jackel was feeling pretty confident about favorable polling for the recreation tax and bonding ballot questions.

Jackel said he felt that Ballot Issue No. 2 ” approving $2.5 million in bonds in order to fund a variety of recreation projects ” would pass.

“We haven’t had any political group opposing the project. We haven’t even had editorials by citizens against it. That gives me a good feeling,” he said, sitting at his desk in Town Hall.

Stacey Patch Bernot, chairwoman of the Carbondale Parks and Recreation Commission, agreed.

“We just haven’t had any opposition,” she noted.

Bernot was less verbal about her candidacy for town trustee. The 25-year-old, fifth-generation Carbondale resident is running against 10 other candidates for five seats.

“I don’t have any comment on that yet,” Bernot said with a smile.

At about 9:45 p.m., Alice Hubbard Laird was at home when she heard she had come in first in two precincts.

“Oh my goodness!,” she said. “That’s fantastic!”

Laird said that if she’s a winner at the final tally, she would “look forward to serving on a positive board.”

She said she’s especially interested in Carbondale’s economic roadmap project, “so we bring in the types of businesses to Carbondale we want.”

Laird also said she was pleased to hear that the recreation bond issues were winning.

“I’m especially excited about the Gateway Park project,” she said of the proposed whitewater park on the Roaring Fork River that will receive funding if Ballot Issue No. 2 passes.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

Unofficial vote count as of press time, with two of three precincts (Town Hall and the firehouse) reporting:

Ballot Issue No. 1, making Carbondale’s 0.5 percent sales and use tax permanent: 300 yes, 106 no

Ballot Issue No. 2, approving up to $2.65 million in bonds for a recreation center, parks and trails: 250 yes, 152 no


Alice Hubbard Laird 264

Ed Cortez 231

Russ Criswell 227

Stacey Patch Bernot 202

Mark Whalen 177

John Foulkrod 167

Frosty Merriott 154

Lorey Esquibel 118

Barry Maggert 82

Lynn Burton 82

David Clifford 36

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