Silt voters shake up board |

Silt voters shake up board

Incumbent Silt Trustee Craig Wallace lost his bid for re-election Tuesday. But he didn’t go down without a few choice words for one of his winning opponents, Dave Moore.

Wallace, who lost to third-place winner Steve Eichhorst by 19 votes and to Moore by 43, said he’s disappointed Moore was elected to the town board.

“I am so sorry that Dave Moore got on. He’s a gem,” Wallace said. “We threw him off the (Silt Planning and Zoning Commission) because he’s a pest. He has a personal agenda.”

Wallace finished his comments by saying that Silt deserves better.

“It’s a shame,” he said.

After hearing Wallace’s comments, Moore said nothing but nice things about Wallace’s nine-plus years on the town board.

“All I can say is I want to thank Craig for all his years of service on the town board,” Moore said. “I think he’s to be commended. I just wish the best for Craig and, again, I thank him.”

Prior to hearing Wallace’s comments, Moore said he thinks he did well for a write-in candidate.

“Going from house to house, people said they didn’t know I was running,” Moore said. “I worked hard and I campaigned hard and I’m blessed to be a winner.”

Dennis Mahan, the only incumbent to retain his council seat in Silt, said he’s glad the people thought enough of his work to re-elect him. He received the most votes, with 208 out of 396 total mail-in ballots returned.

“I think that the council is a team and we have some improvements in the town that most everybody approves of,” he said. “In the next four years, we just have the issues to address and we’ll see if we can improve town.”

Steve Eichhorst received the third-highest tally, with 181, to win a seat on the board. He said he’s “pleased that the town recognized that I could be of use to the community.”

“My whole approach to this was a sensible approach to government,” he said. “The approach to growth is the most important item, I think.

“Nobody in this community I spoke to wants the community paved over, but they recognize the importance of sales tax revenue,” Eichhorst said.

Silt town clerk Sheila McIntyre said the 396 mail-in ballots that came back nearly quadrupled the vote count of the past two elections. In the last town election, 95 Silt residents voted and in the previous one, 106 voted.

“So the mail-in ballots definitely worked,” McIntyre said.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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