Coin toss decides Fraser Rec board election
May 12, 2008
Heads says John Kacik wins a four-year seat on the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District Board of Directors.
The coin toss decided the victor Friday between Kacik and Kevin Davlin, who tied with 213 votes each in the May 6 election. It was the first time in district history an election had resulted in a tie.
Kacik said he didn’t get nervous before the toss. He told himself before the coin flip he had already lost so he wouldn’t get his hopes up.
“It’s a coin toss, so you can’t get too excited about it,” he said.
Davlin, a lawyer who has lived in Grand County 22 years, congratulated Kacik after the toss.
“Everything I know about John, he’s a good man and he’s got a great wife,” he said. “I can’t think of a better candidate.”
Kacik said a lot of people were upset the final decision had come down to a coin toss.
“Since I won ” that’s a good thing,” he said.
Kacik, a stay-at-home parent and former electrician, has lived in the county for 16 years.
“I feel that I ran the best campaign I could,” he said after the tie. “Statistically, it’s amazing that that can happen.”
Now, he said, his goal is be a “fiscally responsible” board member.
A canvas board witnessed the toss. It included registered voter Bryan Kettlewell; district board member Beth Sands; and designated election official, Recreation Supervisor Michelle Lawrence.
Susanna Lienhard, an official with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, said state statute declares that a lot drawing can decide a tied election: “Some sort of a drawing by straws or coin toss.”
Newcomer Greg Gallavan also won a four-year seat on the board with 335 votes. The unofficial vote was tallied just past midnight on Tuesday, and the district canvassed the election.
Former Board President Jim Fox had 102 votes; former Vice President Howard Venezia had 92; Traci Brammer had 90; Terry Stanford had 36; and Jill Carey had 15.
Gallavan is a business owner who has lived in Grand County for 32 years. He said he has attended every meeting since the bond issue was approved.
“It’s a big challenge now,” he said after the election. “We’re going to have a couple new board members and we’re going to make things happen.”
The board is responsible for $21.15 million worth of projects and improvements. The construction list includes: A $14.88 million recreation center, $3.07 million clubhouse at Pole Creek, $1.64 million irrigation project at Pole Creek, the $432,674 sports complex and the $1.12 million water and sanitation project at the sports complex.