McClung ready to get feet under him as new Parachute mayor
PARACHUTE – Roy McClung is the new mayor of Parachute. He received 44 votes, while his opponent, Judith Hayward received 23 votes.”This week, I’ll get my feet under me,” McClung said. “And I’ve been wanting to wait and see what the results were – I’m going to try to continue where John (Loschke) left off and meet with (the Colorado Department of Transportation) to see what we can do about our traffic situation.”McClung was on the town board of trustees for two years and served on the planning and zoning committee for three years before that. He works at Sol Vay Chemical and is married with five children.Hayward will retain her seat as a town trustee.”I’m a little disappointed,” Hayward said. She ran for mayor and lost four years ago as well. “But, I just say ‘congratulations’ to Roy. I look forward to hearing more of his ideas and helping as much as I can.”Loschke, who was term-limited this year as mayor, was elected to one of the open board of trustee positions. Judy Beasley was elected to another trustee term.”It’s been good because I’ve gotten my feet wet,” Beasley said. “I think, if people want government, they need to step up. And that reminds me that we still have an open seat.”The board will accept letters of interest from community members and vote to appoint an interested party to the open seat. All of the board members said they are trying to find interested people.The town of Parachute also passed its Revenue Retention ballot issue by 45 votes to 16. The measure addresses concerns with the TABOR amendment to the state constitution and allows the town to keep and use money it collects from property taxes.”That’s a good thing,” McClung said. “That’s going to allow us to build and maintain infrastructure.”McClung will be sworn in at the regular board of trustees meeting Thursday, April 13.”Either (mayoral) candidate would have done a good job,” Loschke said. “And Roy is a good choice. He’ll do a good job. I’m confident of it.” Contact Amanda Holt Miller: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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