In Breckenridge, Burke, McAtamney and Dudick win council seats
BRECKENRIDGE – Mark Burke, Mike Dudick, and incumbent Jennifer McAtamney were elected to Breckenridge Town Council on Tuesday night.”It was just a great feeling. I can’t even describe it,” Burke said of the outcome Tuesday night. “We had seven great candidates. Everybody put their heart and soul into it. We took it very seriously from day one.”Burke, 49, owns Burke & Riley’s Irish Pub, The Liquid Lounge and The Clubhouse Restaurant at Breckenridge Golf Club. He won the plurality of votes, 484, and was followed by Dudick, 326, and McAtamney, with 315. Dudick, 45, co-owns the Grand Timber Lodge and Grand Lodge on Peak 7 timeshare businesses. He said it was “a really great thing” for the town to have 814 turn out to vote in a municipal election. In 2008, 409 residents voted – and in 2006, 458 voted.”I’m extremely grateful for the friends and supporters I have in Breckenridge that helped me get elected,” Dudick said. “I look forward to doing my best job and not making too many people mad at me along the way.”McAtamney, 42, now begins her second four-year term after she was elected in 2006. She owns a small business that manages neighborhood associations. “I’m very pleased that the hard work and effort put in over the last four years meant a lot to the community of Breckenridge, and they decided to bring me back for the next four years,” she said. “It was a very competitive race, and there were all kinds of great candidates.”The election’s turn-out was down a bit from November, when 870 residents came out to vote on decriminalizing marijuana in the town last November. That measure passed with about 71 percent in favor.
Tuesday night’s election included four ballot questions which were all approved. One of them allows flexibility for the town government to post notices online rather than in the Summit County Journal. Council members supported putting the cost-saving town charter amendment to voters in part because of the lack of Journal readership. The Journal’s circulation is about 10 percent that of the Summit Daily. The state has historically required paid circulation for any newspaper publishing legal notices, and the Summit Daily is free. However, recent legislation appears to be changing to allow free newspapers to publish such notices. The town of Vail has been publishing notices online since January 2009. Three other charter amendments included one specifying that petitions signed by at least 15 percent of registered electors are required to initiate a legislative matter, and a petition signed by at least 10 percent of electors is required for a referendum on a town ordinance. Another amendment was to specify that non-emergency town ordinances take effect after 30 days, and one other now defines elector as someone who not only has registered but lives within the town – and the address must be the same on documents at the Summit County Clerk and Recorder’s office as well as on the list with the Colorado Secretary of State. Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or email@example.com.
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