Re-1 challengers oust incumbents
November 6, 2007
GLENWOOD SPRINGS It was out with the old and in with the new as voters on Tuesday chose Bill Lamont over incumbent Bruce Wampler for the Roaring Fork School District school board District C seat.Lamont won by 640 votes.”Well, there is a lot of work ahead, and if that’s the count, then I have a lot of responsibility, and a lot of people are counting on me,” Lamont said. “I hope to fill the expectation that they have. But as I’ve said, I am retired, and I will commit all I can to all the schools, communities and kids to make the district the best district I can.”In District B, voters cast ballots for newcomer Debbie Bruell for her first four-year term on the Re-1 school board over incumbent Brad Zeigel by more than 900 votes. Both Zeigel and Wampler served the board for a full four-year term and were seeking re-election for a second.Bruell was up cleaning her kitchen while waiting for the word Tuesday night.”I’m excited,” she said. “I’ve heard from people all along that they felt the same as what I’ve been saying. It’s come through in the votes as far as I can tell.”Cyndy Hallford, assistant to Superintendent Judy Haptonstall, said the school district is unable to declare official winners in the two contested races until Friday, Nov. 16, because they have to wait until the “official count” is returned by the clerk’s office. All results are unofficial currently.”We can’t declare a winner until the county clerk gives us their official count,” Hallford said. “They should have the official count by November 16.”Bruell and Lamont will be sworn in after the district receives the official count at the first scheduled school board meeting, or, Hallford indicated, the district might hold a special school board meeting in order to swear in the new members before the Colorado School Board Convention, held the last week of November.”I started when I began visiting with teachers and principals in August,” Lamont said. “So I really started back then.”He had no problem waiting a little longer to take his seat. He’s already been attending meetings to get a handle on things, he said.”I’m anxious to get started, but I can be patient until they swear me in,” Bruell said.Myles Rovig, who ran uncontested representing District D, could be sworn in as soon as possible, but Hallford said the district would most likely wait and have all three new board members take the oath at the simultaneously.The district includes schools in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.Pearson elected to Re-2 boardRIFLE – Retired Rifle Middle School teacher Chris Pearson is back with the Garfield School District Re-2. Pearson took the seat over rival Taani Rust of Rifle by 500 votes.”I always wanted to return to the district as a volunteer,” Pearson wrote in a guest column published in The Citizen Telegram on Nov. 1.And now she has been given the opportunity.School board president Jay Rickstrew remains in his position as he ran uncontested along with fellow school board member Brad Moss of Rifle. Rickstrew will serve another four years on the board, while Moss’ seat is a two-year position.Scott Doherty of New Castle ran uncontested for the District E seat, which carries a four-year term as well.For Garfield School District 16 in Parachute, Donald Prentice and Jennifer Barber were voted in for the two open seats. Prentice led voting by 544 votes ahead of Barber, who tallied 403. Jody Dennis-Williams missed the election 120 votes behind Barber.