Republican Aibner retains his seat as county surveyor
Republican Scott Aibner won re-election to another four-year term as Garfield County surveyor in Tuesday’s balloting, defeating unaffiliated candidate and former county surveyor Sam Phelps.
Aibner garnered 62 percent of the vote to Phelps’ 38 percent, according to unofficial election returns from the Garfield County Clerk’s Office Tuesday night.
“I’m honored that the people of Garfield County elected me to serve four more years as surveyor,” Aibner said. “And a shout out to Sam for getting his name on the ballot and throwing his hat in there to give people a choice.”
Aibner, who owns River Valley Survey Inc. in Rifle, was appointed to replace Phelps in 2003, after Phelps chose not to run again as a Republican in the 2002 election.
Phelps had served as county surveyor for 10 years prior to that. After Aibner’s appointment, he was subsequently re-elected in 2004, 2006 and 2010.
Phelps, the owner of SurvCo in Glenwood Springs, was successful this year in gathering the necessary signatures to petition his way onto the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate, after running an unsuccessful write-in campaign in 2010.
During the campaign this fall, Phelps voiced his concerns about a political process for non-political county offices such as surveyor that favors party candidates. He had tried in previous election years to petition onto the ballot, but said the signature requirement was prohibitive.
“I congratulate Mr. Aibner on his win,” Phelps said of Tuesday’s election outcome. “I hope that he has another successful term in office as the representative of the survey profession for the citizens of Garfield County.”
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