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Election: Downvalley Districts Welcome New Board Members

Marci Krivonen

Voters in the Mid-Valley and Carbondale cast their ballots in two separate elections yesterday. People voted for board members to represent the Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District, as well as the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District.

Three incumbents were running to hang onto their seats in the Crown Mountain Park election - two of them did. Ted Bristol and Rich Pavcek garnered enough votes to stay on the board for another four years. Voters overwhelmingly cast ballots in favor of candidate Katie Schwoerer. The Basalt resident jumped into the race after voters turned down a plan last fall, to build a recreation center at the park. District officials say turnout was good, with nearly 400 people voting.

Farther Downvalley, voters chose three candidates to fill seats on the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District board. A failed tax measure last fall prompted controversy over whether the District was meeting residents’ needs. The race was close, but unofficial results show two incumbents will stay put and one new member will join the board. Carl Smith garnered the most votes, followed by long-time board member Michael Kennedy and Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling.

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