Anderson, Wade, Preaus win in Silverthorne |

Anderson, Wade, Preaus win in Silverthorne

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SILVERTHORNE – Silverthorne voters selected a diverse mix of candidates to fill the town’s three open council seats. Age, political experience, residential neighborhood and professional fields vary significantly among winners Dave Anderson, David Preaus and Darrick Wade.

Voters weren’t swayed by candidates’ efforts to pool their resources and run in two separate slates. Anderson ran with fellow candidates and Eagles Nest residents Russ Camp and Stuart Richardson as the “Alliance for Silverthorne,” all endorsed by incumbent Mayor Dave Koop. But Anderson ended up as the highest vote-getter on election night with 364 votes, while neither Camp nor Richardson won a spot on the council.

“I want to congratulate all the candidates and express my appreciation to everyone who ran,” Anderson said. “I look forward to serving all Silverthorne residents. I think what Silverthorne voters want to see is common sense, financial prudence and good services from the town.”

Anderson is a financial director for Land O’Lakes dairy company.

Wade and Preaus, who joined forces, received the second- and third-highest number of votes – 359 and 330, respectively.

Wade, an architect and planner by trade, served the town in the past with stints as community development director and town manager.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Wade said. “I enjoyed the process. There were one or two letters (to the editor) that were tough, but other than that I really enjoyed it. People were open to talking, and I learned a lot about my neighbors and others in the community.”

Wade said he thought Tuesday’s election results demonstrated voters’ interest in seeing “diversity on the town council, and I think that’s what they’re going to get.”

Preaus, the only candidate with young children, ran as an advocate for Silverthorne families.

“I think (the winners) are a good representation of the town,” Preaus said. “It gives us representation throughout the town of Silverthorne, and not just from one geographic region. I think families came out and supported candidates who would represent them well.

“I want to thank everybody who came out to vote and all my supporters. I’ll always have a door open, and I look forward to hearing from them,” he added.

Mayor Dave Koop, who ran for re-election unopposed, received 498 votes.

The winning candidates will be sworn into their positions at Silverthorne Town Hall on April 14.

Voter turnout in this year’s municipal election, at 614 voters, more than doubled that of 2008, in which 246 citizens went to the polls.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-4630 or

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