Zentmyer, Harvey, Hoffmann on top in Carbondale election
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Incumbent trustees Pam Zentmyer and John Hoffmann will be joined on the town board by a newcomer to elective office, Allyn Harvey, in the wake of Tuesday’s municipal election.
In addition to the candidate choices, town voters narrowly affirmed the town’s ban on the distribution of plastic shopping bags.
According to unofficial results released by the town, Zentmyer garnered the most votes in the field of 10 candidates on the ballot, with 757.
Harvey came in second, with 701 votes, followed closely by Hoffmann with 700.
Asked to explain his tally, Harvey noted, “I’ve been involved in Carbondale for a number of years and tried to carve out a place in the community where I can participate and contribute.
“I’m grateful to the voters for voting for me. I think a lot of it had to do with hard work in the campaign. A lot of people helped me get elected,” Harvey said.
Hoffmann said, “I’m really pleased. I’m pleased with the makeup of the board. I think we’ve got a lot of work to do, with a lot of discussion, maybe discussions that we weren’t able to have before.”
Hoffmann was referring to an ideological split among members of the board, which occasionally led to tie votes on certain hotly debated issues.
The three election winners will join Mayor Stacey Bernot and Trustees John Foulkrod, Elizabeth Murphy and Frosty Merriott on the board starting later this month.
Challenger Bill Lamont, a leading voice in favor of the Village at Crystal River electoral battle earlier this year, put in a strong showing, with 673 votes, to come in fourth.
Also running were James Breasted, Red Cunningham, Lorey Esquibel, Sean Keery, Doc Philip and Stacy Stein. Breasted and Stein pulled out of the race on March 19, after ballots were printed and mailed to voters. And throughout the campaign, Philip asked voters not to cast a ballot for him.
Despite their reluctance, votes were still counted for the three candidates.
Town Clerk Cathy Derby mailed out a total of 2,803 ballots, including about 500 addressed to inactive voters who had not voted in the past two elections.
With more than 1,400 ballots turned in by the close of Election Day, voters turned out at a rate of about 63 percent.
That level of turnout didn’t reach that of the recent special town election held Jan. 31 in which voters overturned approvals for the Village at Crystal River commercial and residential development.
The turnout in that election was more than 65 percent, as reported in the Post Independent, but those estimates did not discount the number of inactive voters on the rolls. When the inactive voter calculation is factored in, the turnout for the VCR election jumped to more than 80 percent.
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