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Six candidates register for Fraser Rec District recall election

Autumn Phillips
Grand County, Colorado

Six people have thrown their hats in the ring for the upcoming recall election of three Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District board members.

The deadline for self-nominations was Jan. 7. Would-be candidates were asked to choose whose seat they would like to fill.

Three board members are up for recall ” Dan O’Connell, Beth Sands and Pete Strohecker.

Kevin Davlin and Kyle Harris are running to replace Dan O’Connell. Darrell Jackie Woods and Andrew Chasin are running to replace Beth Sands. Jon deVos and John Glancey are running for Pete Strohecker’s seat.

Woods, who has been in business in Fraser since the ’70s, said he decided to run because “I’d like to get a little accountability in there.”

As for other the candidates the newspaper was able to reach by presstime, there seemed to be a lack of contention with the current board in their decision to run.

Harris, who is running for O’Connell’s seat, said, “I decided to run as a show of support for the existing board members. My strong preference is that the recall be defeated, but if it is successful, I wanted there to be a candidate who is strongly in favor of the rec district, the rec center, the golf course improvements and the direction the existing board is taking us to bring these improvements to fruition.

“My running is in no way a lack of confidence for the existing board members, but an endorsement.”

Also running for O’Connell’s seat is Kevin Davlin, who originally ran for the four-year rec board seat in last May’s election. He received 213 votes, tying with John Kacik.

The election was decided with a coin toss and Kacik won.

Davlin decided to run in the recall election after he was approached by “some individuals. They asked me to throw my name back in the hat. So I did it as a favor to them.”

He chose O’Connell’s seat on a “flip of a coin.” He has no ill will against O’Connell, he said. “I don’t have a bad thing to say against him.”

Jon deVos put his name in for Sands’ seat. In a letter to the editor last week, he wrote, “I have no ax to grind. I have no hidden agenda.

“I believe I can help end the bitterness and move forward in a positive and cohesive direction.”

The recall of Fraser Recreation board members Sands, O’Connell and Strohecker will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the East Grand Fire Station on U.S. Highway 40 in Fraser. The poll will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Results are expected later that night and will be posted immediately on

East Grand Fire Chief Todd Holzwarth has been appointed as the Designated Election Official.

The ballot will be broken into three sections ” one for each recall effort. Within each section will be a question to recall or not recall a board member.

Voters must answer “yes” or “no” on the recall of board members in order to vote on the replacements for any recalled board members, Holzwarth said.

Voters may apply with the Grand County Clerk and Recorders office for mail-in ballots.

Applications for mail-in ballots will be filled this Friday, Jan. 16. Ballots will be available for pick up by Friday, Jan. 23, at the Grand County Clerk and Recorder’s office.

An effort has formed to fight the recall of the three board members. The committee is calling itself Friends Advocating Valley Recreation (FAVR).

In a statement to the newspaper Monday morning, Rich Devlin spoke for the group.

He said, “If the three incumbent board members were replaced by Concerned Citizens (the group that gathered signatures on a petition requesting the recall), the results could have dire financial impacts for the district’s taxpayers.

“The recall group’s ongoing claims about challenging the tax-free status of the recent bonds for the recreation center could encumber district taxpayers with exorbitant added costs and penalties, all for nothing.

“Even people who voted against the recreation center and the bond vote initially should be able to see that this recall effort will do nothing more than open the door to added costs to the district’s taxpayers.”

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