Silt Mayor Moore wins by five votes
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
In what was arguably the most hotly contested election in Garfield County, Silt Mayor Dave Moore has retained his position, barely, and his coalition of like-minded candidates has swept to victory, according to unofficial election results.
Moore, the incumbent, fended off a challenge by incumbent trustee Meredith Robinson by five votes, 299 to 294, according to results released Tuesday night by Silt Town Clerk Sheila McIntyre.
McIntyre said the margin was not tight enough to trigger an automatic vote recount, but added that if either candidate requests a recount it will be done.
In addition to retaining the mayor’s seat, Moore’s slate of fellow candidates, known as Save Our Silt, appears to have won out over the opposing slate, informally tagged the Sensible Solutions for Silt group.
According to the unofficial results, the most votes in Tuesday’s balloting went to Rick Aluise with 372, followed by Paul Taylor with 337 and Bryan Fleming with 330.
The losing slate recorded 268 for Mark Rinehart, 228 for Bob Shivley and 188 for the sole incumbent in the trustee race, Bobby Hays.
McIntyre said that 608 ballots were cast, compared to the list of 1,547 registered voters, which comes out to a turnout of approximately 39 percent.
According to McIntyre, “We’ve run anywhere from 40 percent to 50 percent in the last few years, so I can’t say this is bad.”
In New Castle, Mayor Frank Breslin and trustees Bruce Leland, Art Riddile and Greg Russi were automatically re-elected because they were the only ones running for the positions.
The only contested aspects of the New Castle election had to do with two ballot questions.
Voters approved ballot question number 1, which permits the town to publish its legal notices on the town’s website, rather than in “a local newspaper of general circulation,” as has been done historically. The measure was approved by a vote of 371 to 129.
Voters rejected ballot question number 2, which would have permitted the town to enact a 2 percent use tax on motor vehicles to generate revenues for maintaining or building the streets. Question 2 was turned back by a margin of 398 to 119.
Town clerk Lisa Cain estimated that the turnout in New Castle was approximately 38 percent, roughly the same as it was in April 2008.
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