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Uncontested seats mean no Aspen hospital board election

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – There will be no election for the Aspen Valley Hospital board of directors this spring.

Three board incumbents were the only individuals to file nomination forms, so they will retain their posts without a vote.

The deadline to apply was Friday at 4 p.m. The open seats were advertised and discussed at hospital board meetings, according to Nell Strijbos-Arthur of the hospital’s administration office.

Retaining their seats will be John Sarpa, Lee Schumacher and Chuck Frias.

Frias will begin his first full, four-year term. He was appointed to fill a vacancy in the fall of 2008, when a former board member stepped down.

Sarpa was first elected in 2002; he earned a second term without an election in 2006 because there were only three candidates for three posts up for election at that time, as well. He currently serves as board president.

Schumacher also retained his seat without an election in 2006, after he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board in 2005.

There was a hospital board election in 2008 – incumbent Dr. Barry Mink was re-elected at that time; Dr. Mindy Nagle also won a seat on the board. Frias was a candidate in that election.

Hospital board members do not receive a salary. Voters abolished term limits for board members in 2000.

Though no board election will take place in May, the hospital will conduct a mail-only election asking voters to reauthorize an existing property tax that helps fund hospital operations. The mill levy, first approved in 1995, will be up for its fourth reauthorization. Voters will again be asked to approve a levy of up to 1.5 mills for a five-year span.

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