Two bow out from Carbondale trustee race |

Two bow out from Carbondale trustee race

John Colson
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – Two out and eight still running is the current status of what was a field of 10 candidates for three open trustee positions here.

Candidates Stacy Stein and Jim Breasted both announced on Monday that they would be ending their campaigns and throwing their support to three of those remaining – incumbents John Hoffmann and Pam Zentmyer and challenger Allyn Harvey.

That leaves eight candidates – Red Cunningham, Lorey Esquibel, Allyn Harvey, John Hoffmann, Sean Keery, Bill Lamont, Doc Philip and Pam Zentmyer – to face off in a mail-ballot election that culminates on Tuesday, April 3.

Stein, who bowed out officially at about 11 a.m. on Monday, wrote in an email that she ran because she hoped to influence the Board of Trustees “based on the principles of sustainability, civility and service.”

“Fortunately there are others running for the board that I feel represent these principles very well,” Stein wrote, naming the three who now have her support.

Breasted, who also withdrew from the race on Monday to concentrate the vote.

“There’s too many running,” he said. “I’m just afraid, with all those different people running … everybody’s third choice will get elected. Then you’ll have a mediocre board and the arguments will go on and on.

“It’s crucial to Carbondale that the majority vote change on the Board of Trustees,” he added.

Trustee Frosty Merriott “needs some more voting on his side,” Breasted wrote.

“The two incumbents have shown they can do what it takes,” Breasted said of Hoffmann and Zentmyer.

“Allyn, with his work on the VCR election, has shown that he can do it, too,” Breasted wrote, referring to the January special election that overturned zoning approvals for the Village at Crystal River shopping center development.

Harvey was a leading voice in the coalition that opposed the VCR development.

The names of all 10 candidates were printed on ballots that were mailed out last week.

Attempts to reach the town clerk and the town attorney with questions about how the withdrawals might affect the election were not successful Monday.

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