Denomy has big lead in Colorado Mountain College trustee contest |

Denomy has big lead in Colorado Mountain College trustee contest

John Colson

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Incumbent Colorado Mountain College trustee Mary Ellen Denomy of Parachute won re-election on Tuesday night, garnering 65 percent of the votes cast across the six-county college district, compared to 35 percent polled by challenger Jay Rickstrew of Rifle.

The vote in the district, according to preliminary results available at about 10:30 p.m. on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website, came to 13,189 for Denomy to 8,540 for Rickstrew.

Denomy could not be reached for comment on her victory at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, although she had expressed surprise earlier in the evening when told she was leading by a wide margin in all of the district’s counties except for Garfield County.

Denomy’s lead was close to 2-1 in five of the six counties, although in Garfield County Rickstrew was narrowly winning by a margin of 50 percent to 49 percent as of about 10:30 p.m.

“That’s what’s great about our system,” said Rickstrew, an officer overseeing Alpine Banks in western Garfield County. “Every couple of years you have the right to vote.”

He said he hopes the trustees of the college “will continue to move forward” and maintain CMC as a “great asset to those of us who live here in the district.”

He said he is not sure whether he will try again in the future to win a seat on the CMC board, explaining, “I really didn’t have an ax to grind. I just wanted to help the district, and see it (the college management) through the windshield instead of through a rear view mirror.”

Two other trustee positions, held by incumbents Charles Cunniffe and Glenn Davis, were not contested, and the incumbents automatically resume their seats.

CMC, a junior college district created in 1967, covers six counties in the central Colorado Rockies, including Garfield, Routt, Pitkin, Lake, Summit, and Eagle. The district encompasses 12,000 square miles of terrain and has 11 “learning centers” serving students.

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