Jim Peterson wins Mayoral race in Grand Lake election
Unofficial results from the Grand Lake municipal election became available late Tuesday evening.
The voters of Grand Lake have chosen Jim Peterson as the next Mayor of the community. Peterson received a total of 104 votes, easily besting the other mayoral candidate and current Town Mayor Judy Burke who received 32 votes.
Peterson expressed his gratitude to the voters of Grand Lake. “I want to thank all the people who voted for me,” Peterson said. “I want to make the Town and the Board a little more user friendly.” Peterson went on to explain some of his goals as Mayor from attracting and retaining businesses to tackling the affordable housing issue in the community. “I also would like to thank Judy Burke for all her years of service,” he said. “She did a lot of good things for the Town and her legacy will go on.” Peterson discussed some of his previous experience on the board, totaling 16 years overall, and the learning curve he will encounter once sworn into office. “I’ve been off the Board off a few years,” he said. “It will be a learning process but… I feel like I will pick it up pretty quickly.”
Grand Lake Town Clerk Katie Nicholls provided the unofficial count from the election Tuesday night April 5, after ballots were counted following the close of polls at 7 p.m. The official count won’t be approved until next week after the legally required waiting period for the acceptance of any outstanding overseas ballots passes.
Voters in Grand Lake also voted for four Trustee seats Tuesday. The three Trustee candidates who received the most votes will be named to four-year terms on the Board while the Trustee candidate with the fourth highest total number of votes will be named to a two-year term.
Candidates who have tentatively secured seats on the Board as Trustees are: Tom Goodfellow, Steve Kudron, Kathy Lewis and Jim Gasner. Goodfellow received the most votes of all Trustee candidates with a total of 108 votes. Steve Kudron followed Goodfellow closely with 106 votes. Current Board Trustees Kathy Lewis and Jim Gasner will round out the Board. Lewis received 87 votes while Trustee Gasner received 85 votes and will serve on the Board for a two-year term. Candidate Dustin Barnes received a total of 70 votes.
Tom Goodfellow, the top vote earner among Trustee candidates, spoke about his view of civic leadership and how he prizes differing points of view. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who put their trust in me in conducting the Town of Grand Lake affairs,” Goodfellow stated. “Please help me by expressing your ideas and concerns. If I don’t agree with you on a particular item, ask me why and not someone else. Town gossip helps no one. I also hope and intend to listen to the minds of the opposing electorate. I would appreciate and enjoy conversations with those of a contrarian thought, so that I may understand their concerns as well.”
Goodfellow also highlighted the contributions and service of current Grand Lake Town Mayor Judy Burke. “I would also like to remind people that Town Mayor, Judy Burke deserves a huge thank you for her years of service. We must realize all of the time and devotion she spent with representing Grand Lake.” Goodfellow explained he hopes to establish a “business friendly environment” in the community and, “make Grand Lake the ‘Go to place in Colorado 365 ¼ days per year!”
Trustee-elect Steve Kudron received the second highest total of votes during Tuesday’s election and was optimistic about Grand Lake’s future. “I’m excited to serve the Town of Grand Lake,” Kudron said. “It is an exciting time in Grand Lake. I believe there is plenty of opportunity for our development as a community. I believe we are on the brink of a renaissance.”
Current Town Trustee Kathy Lewis was reelected to the Board Tuesday. Lewis was fairly circumspect in her comments. “I’m glad I won,” Lewis said. “It is my third term and hopefully we will get some things done. We have a lot of work to do.”
Current Town Trustee Jim Gasner was also reelected to the Board of Trustees Tuesday. Gasner declined to comment on this article, citing his desire to wait until official results of the election are certified next week out of respect for other candidates who may not have won their races.
Grand Lake Town Manager Jim White said the next Board of Trustee will be sworn in during the April 25, 2016 Grand Lake Board of Trustees meeting.
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