Election Day: Breckenridge, Frisco and Dillon town council results are in
April 3, 2014
Breckenridge Town Council election results
— Burke, Gigliello, Lawrence win seats for Breckenridge Town Council
Election results are in for Breckenridge Town Council, and Mark Burke, Erin Gigliello and Elisabeth Lawrence garnered the most votes in the town's first mail ballot election.
As the top three vote getters, each has earned a seat on the seven-person town council board.
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. Gigliello came in second with 504 votes and Lawrence earned 435 votes.
1,020 voters participated in the municipal election on Tuesday, April 1, a new record for Breckenridge, said town clerk Helen Cospolich. With 5,564 registered voters, the voter turnout rate was 18.3 percent. However, only 2,984 voters were registered as active prior to Tuesday's election, upping the active voter turnout rate to 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."
Rounding out the rest of the pool of candidates were Carol Rockne with 270 votes, Eric Buck with 268 votes, John Ebright with 237 votes, Craig Campbell with 165 votes and Tom Schaetzel with 59 votes.
Frsico 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 active registered voter population of 2,012 cast ballots, a 24 percent turnout.
The new council members will be sworn in during the next Frisco Town Council meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 8.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Right now, there is a moratorium on retail marijuana sales in Dillon. The moratorium is scheduled to sunset in October. Dillon officials hosted in February about 60 local residents for a forum about retail marijuana and are currently 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 for training, education, administration and treatment for marijuana use, according to the ballot question.