Breckenridge, Frisco voters send fresh faces to town government
Ryan Summerlin April 4, 2014
Breckenridge Town Council election results
Burke, Gigliello, Lawrence win seats for Breckenridge Town Council
On Tuesday, April 1, Mark Burke, Erin Gigliello and Elisabeth Lawrence received the most votes in the first mail ballot election for Breckenridge Town Council.
The race, which had eight candidates vying for three available seats, drew the participation of 1,020 voters, a new record for Breckenridge, said town clerk Helen Cospolich. With 2,984 active registered voters, Tuesday’s voter turnout rate was 34.2 percent.
“It’s definitely a new record for Breck; we’ve never that high of a voter turnout for a municipal election,” Cospolich said. “Unofficially, I think it beat the old record by at least 200 votes, maybe 300.”
Burke, the only incumbent in the race, pulled in 620 votes and led the pool of eight candidates with 24.2 percent of the vote. On Wednesday, Burke said he was overwhelmed by the support he received, especially after what he called an interesting and tiring campaign.
“It was pretty amazing to have eight candidates who all wanted to serve on town council and my hat goes off to each of them,” Burke said. “I’m overwhelmed by the number of people who participated in the process, but even more so by the amount of support I was able to garner.”
First-time candidates Gigliello and Lawrence rounded out the top three finalists with 504 votes and 435 votes, respectively.
“I’m really thrilled to be a part of the Breck town council,” Lawrence said. “It’s been a longtime goal and I’m really looking forward to serving, working with the people of the community and making good decisions in the future.”
Looking ahead, each town council member-elect spoke about the excitement surrounding a number of capital projects slated for completion during the next several months, including the arts district, the new community center and plans to construct a new park on the north side of Main Street.
“It’s an exciting time for Breckenridge,” Burke said. “We’re right in the middle of so many capital projects that we’re going to see come to fruition.”
Lawrence specifically cited her eagerness to see the completion of Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center, which she was previously involved in as a member of Summit County’s library board.
“It’s going to be a great building, not just because of the library, but also all of its other features,” Lawrence said. “The Speakeasy movie theater will reopen there, it’s going to be a lot like the county commons building with community meetings rooms, nonprofit offices and a coffee shop. It’s going to be a really cool building.”
Burke, Gigliello and Lawrence will be sworn into office at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, during the next Breckenridge Town Council meeting.
Frisco Town Council election results
Frisco voters elect two newcomers, one incumbent
Hunter Mortensen, Dan Kibbie and incumbent candidate Kim Cancelosi garnered the most votes in the four-person race for three seats on the Frisco Town Council.
Mortensen led the way with 324 votes, followed by Cancelosi with 298 votes and Kibbie with 276 votes. Donna Skupien’s 227 votes came up a touch short.
Town clerk Deborah Wohlmuth said 488 voters in an active registered voter population of 2,012 cast ballots, a 24 percent turnout.
“We appreciate the community’s involvement and look forward to the first council meeting with the newly elected council members,” said Frisco Mayor Gary Wilkinson, in a news release.
Cancelosi, the only incumbent candidate in the race, said she is looking forward to the fresh vision she expects her two new colleagues to bring to the town council.
“We had a good turnout for the election and I think that shows the candidates we had were a good bunch,” Cancelosi said. “I’m looking forward to the next term and I think we are going to be a very progressive, forward-moving town council.”
Among some of the upcoming projects Cancelosi is looking forward to are the opening of Whole Foods and working on a plan to increase Frisco’s connectivity to make traveling around town safer for pedestrians and motorists alike.
“Main Street construction certainly is one of the big projects we have coming up, and the Frisco connectivity plan is going to encompass a lot of work with signage, bike paths and pedestrian bridges, but we have to do whatever is necessary to make travel more safe,” Cancelosi said. “I also love the whole peninsula area, but there’s a lot of work to be done to meet the needs of all of our full-time residents as well as our visitors, especially children. We have a lot of kids here that need a place to hangout and play after school.”
The new council members will be sworn in at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, during the next Frisco Town Council meeting.
Dillon Town Council election results
Burns wins mayoral race, marijuana excise tax question passes
Kevin Burns won Dillon’s mayoral election, edging out opponent Doug Roessel, 85 votes to 69 votes, in the town’s only contested municipal race.
On Wednesday, Roessel, who campaigned on a platform of change and restoring dignity to the town of Dillon, said even though he was defeated he is hopeful his message was heard by the community and the current town council.
“It was a tough fight and a close race,” Roessel said. “My feeling is hopefully my message got across and that the town council will begin listening to community and be a little more transparent and accountable for their decisions.”
Burns echoed Roessel’s comments about the closeness of the election, saying it was his supporters that put him over the top.
“It was an exciting campaign,” Burns said Wednesday. “It was great meeting and re-meeting people in the community. I appreciate their support and I am looking forward to representing the town moving forward.”
Looking ahead, Burns said he and the town council are focused on filling vacant staff positions, including open police chief and town manager jobs. And it appears Roessel’s campaign message did rub off on the council as members discussed during their regular Tuesday, April 1, meeting fostering more community involvement as they begins to examine and amend some of Dillon’s guiding documents.
“I’m certainly looking forward to filling senior staff positions, and I think we have a great opportunity to get some exciting and dynamic people into those roles,” Burns said. “As a town council, we’re going to begin reviewing the town code and the comprehensive plan, and we began discussing last night ideas to bring the community into that process.”
Dillon also had three town council seats up for election, but that race only garnered the participation of incumbents Tim Westerberg, Mark Nickel and Erik Jacobsen, all of whom will stay in office for another term. The candidates will be sworn in at the beginning of council’s next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Dillon Town Hall.
In addition to its municipal election, the town also proposed a 5 percent excise tax on future retail marijuana sales. The ballot issue passed 115 votes to 34 votes, or 77 percent to 23 percent.
Currently, there is a moratorium on retail marijuana sales in Dillon. The moratorium is scheduled to sunset in October. Dillon officials, who in February hosted about 60 local residents at a forum on retail marijuana, are drafting regulations in anticipation of striking the moratorium sometime before October.
Revenue generated by the tax will go into the town’s general fund to assist in paying training, education, administration and treatment costs associated with marijuana use, according to the ballot question.