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Pattillo, Weiss join CMC board of trustees

Lynn Burton
Post Independent Staff

With all six counties reporting, John Pattillo defeated Thomas Boas, both of Glenwood Springs, 9,854-6,210 (61-39 percent) in Tuesday’s race for the Colorado Mountain College District 2 board of trustees seat.

Helen Weiss of Twin Lakes defeated Chet Gaede of Leadville 11,811-5,723 (67-33 percent) for the District 6 seat, which covers Lake County.

Richard Bateman of Summit County ran unopposed in the District 4 race, and received 15,978 votes.

Robert Dick of Routt County ran unopposed in the District 5 race, and received 16,168 votes.

Pattillo, a vice president at WestStar Bank, said he expects growth issues to receive a lot of the board’s attention next year.

“Towns are expanding, and we’re trying to match the college’s expansion with the communities it serves,” Pattillo said.

Finding and allocating the funds which allow the college to serve district residents will be another important issue.

As a board member, Pattillo said he must balance the welfare of the college district as a whole with the interests of residents in District 2, whom he was elected to represent. He said it’s too early to tell how the concerns of those two groups may or may not mesh.

This is the first time Pattillo has been elected to public office, but he served on nonprofit boards in Maryland. He calls himself “very pragmatic” and “a quick learner,” and expects both of those abilities to be put to use as a CMC trustee.

“I like to get to the heart of an issue,” he said.

On a personal level, “I’m excited about having the opportunity to serve, and the responsibility that comes with it,” he said.

New board member Helen Weiss was not available for comment. She was a Colorado Mountain College adjunct professor at the Eagle County campus for 14 years, and served on the board as the Eagle County representative from December 1986 to November 1993.

Weiss told the Vail Daily she supports expanding the college’s vocational and technical education programs.

“It’s so important to provide educational alternatives for students,” she said.

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