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Goudy and Rupert react to their election wins

Kathy Goudy

With only preliminary election results available Tuesday night, some local candidates waited for Wednesday’s unofficial but more complete numbers to reflect on their wins.


Incumbent Colorado Mountain College Trustee Kathy Goudy defeated challenger Jon Warnick in one of the election’s tighter races, 13,033 votes to 11,256 across the six-county district.

“I was really elated at the turnout,” said Goudy, who is a criminal defense attorney. “You really have no feedback at all until you find out the result, so it’s always a surprise.”

The race was a win-win for CMC, Goudy said, because the candidates shared similar ideas, and both are strong supporters of the school.

“CMC’s strong, so I don’t see why there would be major changes,” she said. “We’re financially solid. We’ve got great teachers. We have great infrastructure.”

Consequently, Goudy expects to stay the same course over the next four years that she has in the past.

“We went through a lot of change, and we’re just going to be able to work on what we created,” she said. “What the people want is what they get.”

She encouraged constituents with suggestions to share them on her Facebook page, Kathy Goudy, CMC Trustee.


Jennifer Rupert of Old Snowmass, who unseated incumbent Karl Hanlon in Roaring Fork School District’s sole contested election, believes her 64 percent victory came from a sense of community.

“I didn’t run for myself. The whole campaign was a team effort,” she said. “It wasn’t just Basalt or Carbondale or Glenwood. We connected the three together, and that’s why we were so successful.”

Rupert, a ski and martial arts instructor with a son at Basalt Elementary School, will be sworn in at her first board meeting next Wednesday.

“I am completely humbled and really honored to have been chosen for this role. There’s a lot of responsibility and a lot to learn, and that’s exciting,” she said. “This is where my strengths in communicating, leading and sparking excitement come into play.”

“We did so much. We raised so much awareness getting the bond passed in my own campaign. I don’t want to lose this momentum,” she added. “I believe the more we can engage people in what’s happening, the more we can achieve the goal of doing what’s right for our kids.”

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