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Two Re-1 incumbents won’t seek re-election

Two incumbent Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board of education members will not be seeking re-election this fall, and have lent their early support to a pair of prospective successors.

Current board members Debbie Bruell of Carbondale, who represents the Director District B, and District C representative Bill Lamont, also of Carbondale, both said this week that they will not run again after four years on the school board.

The Re-1 board oversees public schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.



To date, only one candidate, current Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation president Phil Weir of rural Glenwood Springs, has turned in a nominating petition to run for the board, in District C.

“I think I bring a little different perspective, having been to and lived in other countries,” said Weir, 64, a local real estate agent who spent several years in Honduras. “I see things a little differently, I’m not a ‘yes’ man, and I’m not afraid to say what I think.”



In addition to spending three years on the education foundation board, Weir was also the first male president of Sopris Elementary School parent accountability committee, and currently serves on the Aspen Board of Realtors, the Aspen-Glenwood

MLS board, and the homeowners association board at Ironbridge, where he lives.

Lamont said he is happy to step aside and throw his support to Weir.

“We have been talking for an extensive period of time, and I believe we are on the same page in terms of what we want to do for the schools,” Lamont said.

Prospective candidates for the three open Re-1 board seats, Districts B and C, and District D in Glenwood Springs, have until Aug. 26 to return petitions with the requisite 50 signatures of eligible voters to be on the Nov. 1 election ballot. Terms for each of the seats is four years.

Bruell also said she is stepping aside after one term and supporting the one prospective candidate who thus far has publicly announced his intentions to run in District B, Matt Hamilton of Carbondale.

“I’ve been holding off on making a decision about running again until I knew for sure who else was interested in serving on the board,” Bruell said in an email message.

“I am happy to step down and give another person the opportunity to serve,” she said. “Matt will make an excellent board member; he is a very creative thinker, and I believe he will take very seriously his responsibility to provide oversight to our district.”

Hamilton, who works for the Aspen Skiing Co., is currently circulating his nominating petition.

“I’ve always had an interest in education policy and public schools in particular,” said Hamilton, 38, whose wife, Jennifer Hamilton, is a teacher at Carbondale’s Crystal River Elementary School. They also have two young sons at CRES.

“I have a strong set of listening skills, a level head and a willingness to learn and engage people in providing the strongest public school district we can have for our kids,” he said.

Meanwhile, the potential field of candidates for the District D seat now held by Myles Rovig of Glenwood Springs is less certain.

Rovig, as of Tuesday, had not taken out a petition to run for re-election, although two other prospective candidates in that district did have petitions in hand, Re-1 administrative assistant Cyndy Hallford said. Until candidates return petitions, she said she cannot release names.

Rovig could not be reached for comment Tuesday on his intentions.

Election packets, including eligibility guidelines and other information, can be picked up at the school district office on Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs.

jstroud@postindependent.com


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