Board presidents ousted in Basalt Fire, Crown Mtn
May 9, 2014
The presidents of the board of directors of both the Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District and the Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District failed to win re-election bids Tuesday night.
Robert Woods wasn’t returned to office in the fire district. Bill Reynolds didn’t make the cut at Crown Mountain.
In the Crown Mountain race, challenger Katie Schwoerer received the most votes with 257, according to unofficial results released by the district. She earned a four-year term.
Incumbent Ted Bristol collected 189 votes to earn re-election while incumbent Rich Pavcek earned another term with 179 votes.
Reynolds came in fourth with 161 votes.
Schwoerer opposed the recreation district’s ballot question in November to seek voter approval for funding for an indoor recreation center. In the board of directors’ race, she pledged to make the board more transparent and vowed to keep working against a recreation center.
In the fire district election, three incumbents were re-elected to seats along with one new board member. Unofficial results released Tuesday night by the district showed that incumbents Ed Van Walraven, John Young and Leroy Duroux were re-elected as well as challenger Vonda Williams.
Woods and challengers Bill McEnteer, Bob Guion and Barb Forest fell short in their bids.
There were three seats with four-year terms up for election as well as one seat with a two-year term.
In the race for the three seats with four-year terms, Van Walraven received the most votes with 647 followed by Williams with 626 and Young with 520.
In a losing effort, Woods received 472 votes along with McEnteer at 314 and Guion at 245. Guion was a former board member who resigned his post about one year ago.
In the race for the two-year term, Duroux received 776 votes compared to 293 for Forrest. Duroux was appointed to fill out a term about one year ago. It is only for two years so that terms on the five-member board remain staggered.
Tuesday was the first contested election since at least 2002. Williams brought that up during her campaign and she also proposed bringing back term limits for board members.
“I think people were surprised there wasn’t an election for so long,” Williams said. She urged people to get involved in the district’s business by attending the board meetings.
Williams is involved in a variety of civic causes in the midvalley, so she had good name recognition even if she wasn’t an incumbent. She said she is eager to take the post and learn more about the issues facing the district.
“I’m not going to get in there and change things right away,” Williams said.