CMC board seats to be contested this November |

CMC board seats to be contested this November

John Stroud
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – There will be races for all four seats that are up for election on the seven-member Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees this fall.

Only two incumbents, current board president Stan Orr of Glenwood Springs and board member Wesley Duran of Twin Lakes, are running for re-election.

Also running for Orr’s eastern Garfield County seat is Kathy Goudy, an attorney from Carbondale.

And challenging Duran for the Lake County seat will be Patricia Chlouber of Leadville.

Meanwhile, the current Summit County representative on the CMC board, Dick Bateman, is not able to run again due to term limits, CMC spokesperson Debbie Crawford said.

Running for that seat in the Nov. 1 mail ballot election will be Richard E. Hague of Breckenridge and Dr. Robert C. Taylor of Dillon.

The board’s Routt County seat has been vacant since former trustee Shalee Cunningham of Steamboat Springs moved out of the district. Vying to fill that seat are Ken Brenner and John Fielding, both of Steamboat Springs.

Crawford said it’s the first time there have been this many contested races for the CMC board since 2003.

Though the seven CMC board members represent specific areas within the CMC districts, the seats are voted on at-large by registered voters from throughout the six counties that constitute the district, she explained.

Garfield County has two seats on the board, one from the eastern part of the county and one from the western end. One resident each from Eagle, Lake, Pitkin, Routt and Summit counties also sits on the board.

CMC board members serve four-year terms. The board meets monthly at locations around the district, and is responsible for employing and evaluating the college president, approving the annual budget, certifying the mill levy, establishing college goals, and general oversight of the college district. CMC headquarters are in Glenwood Springs.

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