No surprises in Breck |

No surprises in Breck

by Jane Stebbins

BRECKENRIDGE<There were few surprises in Breckenridge1s election Tuesday, with voters sweeping the two town council incumbents and Ernie Blake into office.Four candidates were vying for three seats on the council. Incumbents J.B. Katz and Larry Crispell each retained their seats, garnering 194 and 197 votes, respectively. Ernie Blake received 260 votes, taking over the seat vacated by John Warner. Warner decided not to run again so he could spend more time with his family.William 3Todd Hamilton, who threw his hat in the ring in hopes of getting people out to vote, received 75 votes. He ran on a platform of 3fixing the town, rather than the ski area.Each of the candidates expressed nervousness in the weeks leading up to the election, and relief now that it1s over.3I1m glad the two incumbents were re-seated, Blake said. 3It indicates that people think the council1s doing a good job. And I1m glad to see there was support for Todd and the independent views he expressed. It shows the system really works.Crispell said Tuesday night he feels good about the results.3I1ve been here 30 years this month, and I feel I need to pay back the community for all the things its given me, he said. 3We don1t want this community to be an Aspen, where the billionaires are kicking around the millionaires. We want real people living in a real community. There1s much to be done.Katz, who said in her campaign she wants to finish work the council has started, called her win 3a mixed blessing.3Now it1s a lot of work, she said. 3But I1m very pleased. I1m excited. I1m looking forward to working with Ernie and four more years with Larry. And I1m glad Todd had a good showing, for not trying very hard.Hamilton could not be reached for comment.Voters also approved ballot measures that will clean up language in the town charter, most of it to comply with state statutes. Town officials currently conduct business under the state laws, and said they wanted to clarify the wording to reflect that.Jane Stebbins can be reached at 668-3998 ext. 228 or

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