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Silt mayoral contest subject to recount

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SILT, Colorado – The contentious recent election in Silt is not over yet.

Former mayor John Evans on Thursday requested a recount in the mayor’s race, which was won by incumbent Dave More, according to unofficial results.

Moore, who ran as part of the Save Our Silt slate of candidates that swept the election, beat incumbent trustee Meredith Robinson, 299 to 294, to retain the mayor’s job.



Although that margin of five votes was not close enough to trigger an automatic recount, any citizen or candidate can request a recount within seven days after election day, according to state law.

Evans, who reportedly was not an active participant in the electioneering in recent weeks, could not be reached for comment on Thursday.



Town Clerk Sheila McIntyre said on Thursday that the recount is scheduled to be finished, and the results published, on April 14.

Town administrator Betsy Suerth said that the swearing in ceremony for the mayor and trustees has accordingly been postponed until April 26, as outlined in the town charter.

McIntyre said Evans already has paid the estimated cost of the recount, as required under state law. She said the bill came to $305.

In other election news here, the winning SOS slate of candidates vastly outspent their opponents, who were informally running as the Sensible Solutions for Silt group.

The SOS group outmatched the “S-cubed” slate by a ratio of more than 5-1, according to election records.

The SOS slate – including Moore and trustee candidates Rick Aluise, Bryan Fleming and Paul Taylor – together spent a reported total of $1,055 in the campaign leading up to the election.

Moore outspent everybody, with a total of $769.96 that he paid to Arrow Signs in Glenwood Springs on March 3, according to his campaign spending report.

Aluise was next, spending $106 on March 18, also at Arrow Signs, and $90 at the U.S. Post Office for a mailing sent to local residents.

Fleming paid $90 to the Silt Discount Liquor store, which is owned by Aluise, and Fleming listed the reason for the expense as “mailing.”

Taylor, although he listed contributions of $200 in his filings as the Save Our Silt campaign committee, did not spend any of that money, according to his report.

The $200 came in the form of two, $100 checks, one each from Mona Moyer and Howard Moyer of Silt Mesa, according to Taylor’s reports.

On the other side of the political fence, the “S-cubed” group spent a total of $193.26.

Individually, Mark Rinehart spent $6, apparently in payment to mayoral candidate Robinson, for use of a copy of the voter’s registration list she purchased from the county.

Robinson, too, paid out a total of $6, to Rinehart, for a sign, according to her report.

Incumbent trustee Bobby Hays spent $63.26 at Staples in Glenwood Springs, for what he listed as a “poster/banner.”

And Bob Shivley spent $118 at the Celerity Corp. for “fliers.”

In the previous cycle of campaign spending reports, filed as of March 16, the combined totals either raised or spent came to $747.40 [not $720, as erroneously reported on March 31] for the combined pool of candidates.

All campaign spending reports are available for public inspection at Town Hall.

jcolson@postindependent.com


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