Grand Lake mayor race going to court |

Grand Lake mayor race going to court

by Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

The controvery over the razor-thin election results for Grand Lake mayor’s race will be going to court.

In a press release dated Tuesday, April 22, Grand Lake Town Clerk Ronda Kolinske wrote:

“Due to the controversy regarding the qualification of certain individuals to vote in the municipal election, the Town of Grand Lake Election Official filed a petition with the District Court per Section 31-10-1401, C.R.S. If the court finds that two or more of the respondents were illegal, which would be a sufficient number to change the outcome of the election for mayor, the court may annul the mayoral election and declare the position vacant.”

Kolinske, who is the town’s election official, filed the petition with the 14th Judicial District Court in Hot Sulphur Springs on April 18. The hearing before Judge Mary Hoak is scheduled for May 7.

In the April 1 municipal election, challenger Glenn Harrington defeated incumbent Mayor Judy Burke by a two-vote margin. Harrington received 88 votes to Burke’s 86.

Burke has been Grand Lake’s mayor since 2004. She has served on the town’s board since 1988.