Longtime volunteer firefighter, two newbies to join Aspen Fire board
Top three vote getters in Tuesday’s election were Walbert, Lathrop, Taylor
David “Wabs” Walbert, Emily Taylor and Parker Lathrop won seats on the Aspen Fire Protection District board of directors in Tuesday’s election.
One incumbent and two newcomers won three open seats on the Aspen Fire Protection District board of directors in Tuesday’s election.
David “Wabs” Walbert garnered 766 votes, Parker Lathrop came in second with 736 votes and Emily Taylor came in third with 537, according to unofficial election results.
Seven people were vying for three seats on the board, four of whom were challenging three incumbents.
Incumbents Denis Murray, Steve Wertheimer and Walbert were attempting to defend their seats against newcomers Charles Cunniffe, Ritchie Zah, Taylor and Lathrop.
The trio of winners will serve three-year terms on the board.
Another election is expected in 2023 for two seats that will be up.
The board oversees the fire department’s budget, which is largely supported by roughly $6 million annually in property taxes, as well as makes decisions about staffing and balancing a relatively new volunteer-paid firefighter model.
Over 8,200 ballots were mailed last month to registered voters in the district and those who own property in the district and are registered to vote in Colorado, according to Nikki Lapin, the department’s designated election official.
Aspen Fire Protection District board candidate vote tallies:
David “Wabs” Walbert 766
Parker Lathrop 736
Emily Taylor 537
Denis Murray 488
Charles Cunniffe 455
Ritchie Zah 427
Steve Wertheimer 203
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