Silverthorne residents go to the polls today |

Silverthorne residents go to the polls today

Jane Reuter

SILVERTHORNE – One hundred fifty eight people cast early votes in the Silverthorne mayoral election, twice the number of those who voted ahead of time for the April 2 election.

“We only had 80-some April 2, but as far as tomorrow goes, who knows,” said town clerk Michele Karlin. “A lot of people are out of town this (time of) year because it’s mud season.”

Mayor Lou DelPiccolo vies with Councilmember Sheila Groneman for the mayor’s seat today.

Silverthorne residents can vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Silverthorne Town Hall.

According to the town charter, a runoff election must be held if a candidate doesn’t receive at least 50 percent of the votes for that position. In April, Groneman received 45 percent of the total votes for mayor with 277 votes; DelPiccolo, 38 percent with 235. A third mayoral candidate, Bob Kieber, received 16 percent of the total votes.

The race is contentious, with the two candidates claiming they not only have different leadership styles but different views of the town’s future.

DelPiccolo prides himself on his accomplishments to date – among them the pavilion, park improvements, river and Blue River Parkway median enhancements – and believes they point to his ability to continue along that path.

“I really love so many of the things we’ve done,” he said. “I think we’ve accomplished a great deal and I still have the passion and the fire to work and put my heart into it and to accomplish yet more good things in the next four years.”

Groneman said she wants solutions everyone can live with, and that it doesn’t necessarily include a proposed grocery store.

“I believe in empowerment, not command and control,” Groneman wrote a recent editorial about her desire to be mayor. “We must work together. I have the patience and determination to confront divisions and to build multiple community tables for deliberation and action.”

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