Results are certified, and it’s Vandernail
Well, folks, it’s official.
The Town of Fraser has certified vote totals from its municipal election, and former Trustee Philip Vandernail has a new title – mayor-elect.
“I think I’m still numb, to be honest,” Vandernail said on Thursday, one day after the results were certified.
Preliminary results released on April 5 put Vandernail just one vote ahead of opponent and incumbent Mayor Peggy Smith.
Officials were waiting to receive any additional absentee ballots until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, when they certified the results.
“It was so close, and then, you know, I had to wait eight days to see whether there were any absentee ballots coming in,” Vandernail said. “So it’s still setting in I guess is what I’m saying.”
Joining Vandernail in victory are trustees Eileen Waldow, Herb Meyring and Parnell Quinn.
Waldow and Meyring will each serve four-year terms, while Quinn will serve a two-year term.
In Winter Park, Mayor Jimmy Lahrman and trustees Jim Myers, Mike Periolat and Chris Seemann all retained seats on the town council, though how they fall about the three four-year terms and one two-year term is yet to be determined.
Lahrman won 81 votes and Myers won 76 votes, while Periolat and Seemann both received 67 votes.
The Winter Park Town Council will select its mayor and decide who will serve the two-year term at its Monday, April 18, meeting at 10 a.m., Town Clerk Taryn Martin said.
Winter Park voters also passed Referred Measure A, which permits the town to continue collecting an additional 1 percent sales and lodging tax to fund marketing the Winter Park area and capital improvement projects.
Revenue from the tax is split equally between the two funding objectives.
The measure passed 88 to 25.
Vandernail looks forward to affordable housing, economy
Vandernail, Waldow, Meyring and Quinn will be sworn in at the Fraser Board of Trustees’ April 20 meeting.
Though he has yet to take on any mayoral responsibilities, Vandernail said he was looking forward to addressing affordable housing and the seasonal economy in the Fraser valley in his first days in office.
“I really think that the biggest issue facing the Town of Fraser and the Valley is affordable housing,” Vandernail said. “We’ve got to figure out some way of keeping our workforce in the upper Fraser Valley and not having them live in Granby, Grand Lake or Kremmling.”
Vandernail also hopes to foster a year-round economy in Fraser, he said.
On his campaign, Vandernail thanked the community for its support.
“I’d like to thank everybody for their votes and supporting me,” Vandernail said, “and I just want to do the best job that I possibly can for Fraser, and all of our community.”
Hank Shell can be reached at 970-557-6010.
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