Blue River elects new mayor, board of trustees
Along with Summit County’s other towns, the town of Blue River held its municipal election on Tuesday, April 5, and has selected a new mayor and three members for its board of trustees.
Mitchell Weiss ran unopposed for mayor and received 135 votes. He is a nine-year resident of Blue River and has lived in Summit County for nearly 20 years, working in the hotel and resort management industry for approaching four decades.
In his candidate biography filed with that state, he called himself a “consensus builder” who is receptive to outside-the-box thinking. He sees the zoning issues related to both short- and long-term rental housing as a major obstacle the town will have to address, on top of the need for more openness in executive decisions.
“One of the challenges facing Blue River is the need for greater governmental transparency,” he said. “This can be achieved with ongoing community dialogue and an open-handed approach.”
For the board of trustees, five residents ran for three seats, and the top vote getters were Toby Babich, who garnered approximately 27 percent of the electorate (113 votes), followed by Joel Dixon at 25 percent (104 votes) and Tyler Brook with about 18 percent (75 votes). Laurel Wehrman (about 17 percent, 70 votes) and Christine Armitage (13.6 percent, 57 votes) both fell short.
Babich has spent 19 years overall in Summit County, the last nine in Blue River. He sees a need for partnering with other residents to maintain the place they all know and love.
“It is important to respect why we moved to Blue River,” he said in his candidate statement, “and ensure that as we progress forward as a community, we do so together, cooperatively and collaboratively, ensuring out town stays Blue.”
Situated between Breckenridge and Hoosier Pass, Blue River’s most recent figures put the population at 862 residents, of which 588 are registered voters. Roughly 29 percent of the town cast ballots in Tuesday’s election (169 voters), a new regular municipal election record.
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