Mayor who? DelPiccolo, Groneman set for a runoff election |

Mayor who? DelPiccolo, Groneman set for a runoff election

Jane Reuter

SILVERTHORNE<The makeup of Silverthorne1s council was only partially resolved Tuesday.Neither Mayor Lou DelPiccolo nor Councilmember Sheila Groneman<both of whom were seeking the mayor1s seat<won 50 percent of the vote. That means the two will be subject to a run-off election, set for May 7.The council will gain one new face, with newcomer Howard Hallman. And it loses a familiar face<Tim Theis did not regain his seat. Incumbents Fran Penner Ray, Peggy Long and Dave Koop were re-elected to their council seats.Groneman received 45 percent of the total votes for mayor, with 277 votes; DelPiccolo, 38 percent with 235. According to the town charter, a run-off election must be held if a candidate doesn1t receive at least 50 percent of the votes for that position.The third mayoral candidate, Bob Kieber, received 16 percent of the total votes.Groneman said she wasn1t surprised by the outcome.3In terms of the numbers and the three candidates, we knew this was a very possible situation, she said. 3We1ll come back from spring break and be on the campaign trail again.3I1m disappointed, DelPiccolo said. 3I1m ready to fight it out again. I think obviously we need to have a better clarifying of the issues.Silverthorne Area Neighborhoods for Responsible Growth (SANFRG), a group of town and county residents who have voiced objection to some projects planned in the town, had endorsed four candidates<Groneman, Sabal, Ray and Hallman.Silverthorne residents surveyed after they voted Tuesday were running half in favor of a change in the town1s leadership and half for keeping the current mayor and council members.3I1m definitely in the mood for some change, said Morrie Austin, who said he voted for Groneman for mayor and against most of the incumbent council members. 3After reading about some of the antics from the mayor and some of the council members<I don1t think there1s any excuse for them to be backtalking to the constituents.3If the guy1s (DelPiccolo) got a temper, maybe he shouldn1t be mayor. I think they need to be in control of their emotions. Maybe they need some leadership training.But while Austin cited a concern for council member conduct, most people said growth<and their perception of the candidates1 support or opposition to development<inspired them to go the polls.Joni Potekhen said she1s in favor of Silver Mountain Village, a 72-acre residential and commercial project at the base of Ruby Ranch that has sparked controversy during the election.3I1m in favor of the businesses on the north end, she said. 3I think we need more tax base.Potekhen said she also doesn1t agree with SANFRG.3I1ve lived in Silverthorne a long time,she said, 3and I think this group that lives outside Silverthorne is really out of line<trying to tell the people of Silverthorne what to do.Like Potekhen, Eric Klein said growth issues brought him to the polls Tuesday. Klein, a two-year resident of the town, also said he wants to see the new grocery store proposed as part of Silver Mountain Village. As a result, he supports the incumbents.3We1re for it because sometimes in March, we can1t even go to the grocery store because it1s so full, he said.3We don1t want the town to run up the highway, said Joan DeGraaff. 3I1d like the town to have a town core like Frisco does.Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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