New Carbondale trustees in town
Carbondale Election Results
Ben Bohmfalk - 898
Dan Richardson - 818
Marty Silverstein - 768
Allyn Harvey - 673
Michael Durant - 363
Patricia Warman - 281
Wayne Horak - 176
Doc Philip - 128
Climate Action Tax:
637 Yes 1,022 No
Capital Improvements Property Tax:
692 Yes - 959 No
Ben Bohmfalk, Dan Richardson and Marty Silverstein were Carbondale voters’ picks Tuesday for the three open seats on the Carbondale board of trustees.
Eight candidates ran for the board positions, with debate on affordable housing and two proposed tax increases permeating the campaigns.
The candidates were largely split between supporters of the two tax questions and their opponents.
The results come as a bit of a mixed bag. Voters decisively rejected two tax proposals – one to support clean energy projects in town and the other to fund capital improvements through a property tax – while also voting in candidates who supported them.
Richardson and Bohmfalk supported both the tax proposals; though Bohmfalk remained doubtful of the property tax’s chances to passing.
Silverstein comes as a counter balance, as he’s been critical of the tax questions throughout his campaign.
About 1,670 voters cast their ballots in Carbondale’s Tuesday election.
Bohmfalk received 898 votes. Richardson was supported by 818 voters. And Silverstein came in third with 768 votes.
Incumbent Trustee Allyn Harvey was the only candidate running for re-election, and he came in fourth with 673 votes.
Running alongside Richardson, Bohmfalk said their goal was to “bring a sense of professionalism and level-headedness to the board.”
“I feel honored and humbled to have received the most number of votes,” he said.
Richardson called the win bittersweet, as he was disappointed the climate action tax and property tax proposals failed.
“But looking at those numbers, I don’t know if anything would have passed,” he said. Both of the tax questions failed by hundreds of votes.
“Ben and I teamed up and put in a lot of work together during the campaign, so I’m happy the voters chose to put us on the board,” Richardson said.
“I’m not too surprised Marty won, and I’m looking forward to work with him,” he added.
“Now the hard work begins,” said Silverstein.
“It’s easy to talk about where the town needs to go; it’s hard to make that into a reality. I’ll give my best effort to work with the new and existing trustees and the town staff to achieve the goals we talked about on the campaign trail.”
“Hunter S. Thompson lost his race for Pitkin County sheriff in 1970, and I lost my race for the board of trustees in 2016. So I’m in good company,” said the incumbent Harvey.
Nevertheless, Harvey is encouraged that the new makeup of the board will be strong. “They’re all committed to Carbondale and have a record of being an important part of the community,” he said.
The newly-elected trustees are replacing the outgoing trustees Pam Zentmyer and John Hoffmann, who were both term limited after eight years of service on the board.
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